Organization: How Can I Find a Place for Everything?

Written by Pat Welch


Before you start the major dejunking process described below, take some time to plan a place for everything you want to keep.  This is the foundation of a neat home: “A place for everything and everything in its place!”

Budget your space, much like you would budget your money or your time.  Consider the amount of space you have to work with and what you want to do with it.

This is a new way of thinking about your space and belongings – not simply where can I put everything, but what do I need and where do I need it.

7 Steps To Finding a Place for Everything

1.  Start by making a list of the functions your house is used for (e.g., sleeping, cooking, washing, eating, playing, visiting, making things, entertaining, studying).

2.  Decide the best use of each room as you match it to one or more of the functions.  This is also a fresh approach to organizing your home.  For instance, two or more children could share a room with bunk beds and free up a room to be used for a your school work and library.

3.  Next, write the name of each room at the top of a page and list the uses of that room and what items should be in that room for those needs.

4.  Now assign a space in each room for the items needed there.

5.  You will need some general storage space as well somewhere in your house for miscellaneous items that don’t fit anywhere else or are being saved for later.  This could be either unused space in the rooms, or a separate area in the attic, basement, shed, etc.

6.  After you know exactly where each item belongs, print copies of your list.  Post them throughout the house (inside cupboard or closet doors), and distribute them to family members.  You can also place labels on shelves and in drawers and closets, etc. until habits are firmly established for putting things where they belong.

7.  Now you are ready to remove clutter and unneeded items from your home.

One way of getting started might be to check your list for needed items and “go shopping” among your stuff, find them, and put them away.

5 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Homeschooling

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The following is a post from contributing writer Tanya from Finding the Teachable Moments.

Don’t make school a chore.

Last year I made the rule that there would be no TV or video games until school was finished.  Being our first year of homeschooling, I thought my children would come to accept it and it would become part of our daily routine. Instead, school time became the “bad guy” that kept my kiddos from enjoying their favorite pastimes.  Learning together became a chore rather than a journey.

So now we have an overall daily limit on screen time that can be used anytime from morning until bedtime.  If they choose to take a break from school related activities to watch an episode of Curious George, that’s fine.  Sometimes a break is needed.  Having the freedom to make independent choices within limits is important too.   As an added bonus, it is also teaching them to budget their time. My oldest son intentionally saves his TV time for evening.  Now it’s his choice not to watch TV during school, not mine.  I’m not saying whining and complaining over limitations goes away, but it becomes a protest against a household rule and takes the heat off of school.

Is there a way you can make school less of a chore in your home? (more…)

Homeschooling without a Schoolroom

The following is a post from contributing writer Melissa Corkum.

We have 6 kids and a pretty traditional three-bedroom house.  There is no family room, den, or great room.  Therefore, there is also no schoolroom.  While I love to ogle over others’ schoolroom blog posts and Pinterest boards, the separate schoolroom thing just isn’t going to happen in my house.  So what do you do if you are schooling 6 kids without a schoolroom? (more…)