Our homeschool is back in full swing! We are also participating in a homeschool co-operative this year. I look forward to sharing more about our co-op experience in the near future.
Over the years, I have created systems to help me survive our homeschool season.
As I’ve mentioned before my primary duties include managing my home, homeschooling (now with a weekly co-op) and assisting my husband with our family business.
Phew, just thinking about all of these moving pieces can be overwhelming! However, I have learned that developing routines for each area keeps things manageable, most days.
I’m human, sometimes (many times) I do drop the ball!
Today, I am sharing 6 tools that help me stay organized during the school year:
1. A morning routine. Having a goal to wake up earlier to get things done before my family awakes, is a game changer. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in 30 minutes.
This year, my goal is to be up by 7 am on the weekdays, to:
- Get dressed
- Unload the dishwasher
- Start a load of laundry
- Turn on coffee and start breakfast.
As an incentive, I will spend the time left having my coffee and Bible study alone. 🙂
2. Automate. I have so many things going on in my head, it’s hard to remember everything. Although there are some things we can’t forget about things, like paying bills!
I stay on top of my payments by scheduling them through my bank’s bill pay or putting them in my to-do list app and adding an alarm to alert me at least a day or more before the due date.
Believe me, this saves time and money. I use the Wunderlist app to keep up with my to-dos and bill payments.
3. Cleaning schedule. I’ve talked about this in a previous post, here. Having a written out schedule helps me to brain dump all of my chores in one place. I organize them by day and write a detailed list of what needs to get done. This helps me to focus on specific tasks instead of trying to do everything at once.
Flylady is a great place to start with learning how to properly clean and maintain your home and create a daily routine.
She has a ton of information on her site, I recommend beginning at the “Getting Started,” page.
There is also a section for Homeschool families.
4. Meal planning. Knowing what to cook and prepare, makes life flow so much easier. and I have one less thing I have to be concerned about! Read more about my meal planning tips, here.
5. Calendar and/or planner. Having a simple notebook, calendar book or planner to jot down appointments, and important dates is a must for me.
When I am making appointments, having this tool in hand helps me keep things in order immediately, so I am not scrambling for paper or trying to remember after a phone call.
Also, I use a homeschool planner. This year I using this printable planner from Etsy, that combines both home and school.
6. A planning session. On weekends, mostly on a Sunday evening, I set aside time to lesson and meal plan. By doing this, I am ready for the week and I don’t have to wing it or plan out my school days every night during the week like I used to!
This has been very helpful, and it prevents unnecessary stress!
We can’t predict how the day or school year is going to go, but having a plan in place allows us to survive while life is happening!
As I mentioned, these tools were developed overtime, I encourage you to choose one that may help you now, and then add on others when you’re ready.
I am consistently tweaking and experimenting with my own family, so you are not alone!😊
Enjoyed this post? Check out my other homeschool content:
- Homeschooling With An Open Heart
- Homeschool Supply List For Beginners
- Back To School: Homemade Waffles
- Free Homeschool Curriculums and Resources
What tools do you use to manage life at home during the school year?