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Hey, Hey! Welcome! It’s that time of the week again when I, the new stay-at-home-mama, get to share some words of wisdom with you. If you’re just visiting for the first time, greetings! Let me give you a quick recap. As of a couple of months ago, I ditched my job and became a stay-at-home-mom. New this fall, began a stint in homeschooling our two littles, ages 4 and 8. You can read more about us RIGHT HERE. We are on a wonderful journey and I want to document it all, in hopes to encourage anyone else in the same situation.
We’ve been a bunch of movers and shakers lately. In finding ways to best accommodate life on a single income, we have downsized homes and officially moved out of the place we were in. It’s been an exciting few weeks as we’ve packed to move and completed renovations to the new abode. We’re semi-settled now, thank goodness, but we’re living among several unopened boxes and totes. This leads me to this week’s tip!
You know from previous posts that I’m generally a supporter of routines. However, one of my recent discoveries while homeschooling, is that set routines aren’t necessary for all. They can be detrimental to learning. We’ve let go of the theory of having a set schedule each day, which has proven to be a blessing throughout our moving process. We have still found the time and a place for learning each day. Keeping everything organized, though? That’s been a little rough.
The good news is that in my attempt to stay organized from the beginning of the school year, due to the impending move, I tried to simplify our stash of school stuff. I knew things would get crazy right about now, so I tried to be proactive about not accumulating too many items for our homeschooling endeavors. One of my best traits is organization, so we began this move in a pretty detailed and set fashion. When all the school items arrived in a couple of totes, I got right to work setting up space for the kiddos to house their workbooks, devices, utensils, and other supplies.
This Week’s Tip – Get Organized!
Storage containers! Invest in a system that works for you and your family in the space that you have. We are not blessed with a separate room for our school. We use a corner of our dining room to house the school supplies, and I’m okay with that! One of the best things about learning at home is that the learning isn’t taking place at a desk. My kids like to roam around the house and choose a comfortable spot to work. Sometimes, that’s the floor, the couch, the pantry, or under their bed. They’re making choices for their learning, and that’s a win for everyone!
If there was a way to look up the statistics on people who purchase the most storage containers, I’m sure my name would be listed! For reals! I have a full-blown addiction to organization, so I buy bins and baskets and totes or all shapes, sizes, and colors. I have large totes in my garage full of smaller totes and baskets. I’m unsure where I acquired this addiction, but it oftentimes drives my family crazy. What’s wrong with keeping everything neat and tidy? I rest my case.
My Choice For Storage
While I’ve several means to organize in our home, I do have a few favorites. When deciding what to pack, leave, or sell before moving, I knew exactly which storage containers I just couldn’t part with. Below, please find my favorites. If you’re so inclined, check them out. (Disclaimer: The photos are linked to affiliate links, where if you decide to purchase something, I will receive a commission, at no extra cost to you.)
Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart, Pearlescent Multi-Color, Multicolor (Pearlized)
I have two of these organizer carts. What I love about them is that you can leave the wheels on for a movable cart, or take them off for a stationary one. I also love the colors and the fact that it has 10 drawers. Because my OCD tells me that my organizers should match my decor, I put these carts in each of the kiddos’ walk-in closets. It’s the perfect addition to sit next to the nightstands I turned into desks. I’ve created their own separate offices if you will, and they love it. I gave them each a wiggle chair to accompany their little desk, too.
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AmazonBasics Kitchen Rolling Microwave Cart on Wheels, Storage Rack, Wood/Chrome
Our dining room got a lot smaller when we added our table and chairs. Imagine that! I learned quickly that I needed something small enough to put in the corner, but large enough to house the majority of our school material. I brought this microwave cart with us from our previous house, thinking I would use it in the pantry of the new one. Plans changed, however, when I realized it would work perfectly for school storage. I love this little cart! On it, each kiddo has a shelf and we keep our everyday items stored on it. Of course, I’m able to further organize with smaller and colorful baskets!
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Boraam 98520 Sonoma Wire-Brush Kitchen Cart
This cart is currently on my wish list. I will eventually purchase this and replace the above microwave cart. I will still need something for the pantry, and the microwave cart will fit perfectly there. I can’t wait to get my hands on this kitchen cart. It will fit right in with my decor and be the perfect place to store all of our school items.
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While it is true that we have been very busy lately, that’s no excuse to let things slide. We were somehow able to maintain teaching the kiddos while tending to a host of other things necessary for our move. We’re finally starting to slow down a little, which has been great. Schoolwork is back to normal and we are getting more organized by the day. If you’re homeschooling, what do you like to use for organization? Drop some advice in the comments! Thank you for stopping by!
Live Your Best Life,