Getting our homes and schools organized, is always a top priority. I am always tweaking and refining the systems in our home that make things run smoothly. We need organizational tools that will get our days started peacefully, keep our homeschool clicking along, and stop our homes from imploding with stuff.
Let’s hash this issue out together. I’ve got a round up of routine and organizational tools that will help you get your home and school organized.
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…even if you’re exhausted.
Organizational Tools for your Routines
When I feel frazzled, the first place I start is looking at my routines. The rhythm of our days has vastly changed over the years. Not because I changed, but because my season of life and motherhood changed. Besides your season of life I also say to look at the season of the year. In winter, things are naturally slower, quieter. In summer, naturally we are outdoors more and our rhythms change again.
Get the 6 Secrets to a Simpler Mom Life
I love talking about rhythms and routines of the seasons. It’s actually my secret to sanity.
Speaking of seasons, summer is the most relaxed of all our yearly seasons. But I know it needs to balance between structure and freedom. (By the way, we do so love our summer vacations. Here’s 94 ways we love it.)
Sundays are a part of our week that can set us off to an amazing start! But I struggle with packing in a bunch of work on Sundays. We should take some time to be intentional about rest and relaxation on Sundays too.
Setting up a Fool-proof Morning Routine
Getting into a good groove in the morning is one of the most important parts of my day. When I get off to a bad start, it’s really difficult for me to turn it back around. It can be done! But it’s much easier to start off on the right foot.
Problem is, I can be really lazy. So I needed a Lazy Girl’s Guide to getting up early.
My morning routine is so important to me that in fact, it can save my sanity.
What does a good morning routine look like? That is such a personal question. We are all so different. For me, I have some musts for a successful morning routine.
There’s so many ways to start your day out right. It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, there’s over a hundreds ways you can start your homeschool morning out right!
- My podcast episode on my messy morning routine–how it’s been totally MESSED UP and how I’m working on it–baby steps!
- We all know an awesome morning starts the night before, right? HERE’S how you can streamline your evening routine for a top-notch morning.
It’s really about simplifying…
The biggest key to a better routine in any area of your life is to simplify. Trim the fat, focus on the things that really matter.
Ever feel like life is just too complicated? Like everything just needs to slow down and simplify? Simplifying our homes and schools shouldn’t be an unattainable goal. We CAN do this. Along the way of teaching my kids at home and running a household, I’ve realized a few things…that the only way to make it work is simple systems.
I collected a whole ton of these simple system ideas and compiled a book about it.
Hence, HOME + SCHOOL: SIMPLIFIED.
This ebook was created to help you (and me) simplify in your homes and your homeschool. It covers meals, chores, creating calm in your home, emergency clean ups before company comes, simplifying your homeschool routines, and more!
Here’s a look at the table of contents and sample pages.
Getting your home in order
More than anything, I think we make things harder than they need to be. When I feel overwhelmed, the first thing I try to do is simplify. I’m a simple girl. I use simple systems. Simple makes me thrive. Here’s 10 ways to make things simpler in 10 minutes or less…you can thank me later.
One of my biggest tips for keeping your home organized is to get everyone on board. We don’t do chore charts. We don’t give allowance for making the bed. But everyone pitches in. We try to make the calm and order the prize and it seems to work for our family.
BONUS! Listen to the details of our kids + chores routine on the podcast HERE!
A few other things that may seem odd at first, but really make all the difference in finding a good routine?
- A meal plan so simple, it’s almost ridiculous! and….
- Organizing your front door space. For real…trust me on this.
Your Goals: What’s Most Important to You?
Overall, I think the most important thing is figuring out this: What is most important to YOU?
Not your mother.
Not your best pal.
How do you thrive? What prevents you from having the order in your home you want to have? Finding the answers to those questions and then setting goals accordingly is my biggest way to wrap my brain around what to do next.
How’s that for a head start in getting your home organized? Don’t try to do it all at once. Add in one new thing and perfect that for a few weeks. Then move on to the next thing and work on perfecting that. Perfecting meaning, perfect for YOU!
If you’re looking for more home organization and routine ideas, here’s a few more:
- My PODCAST episode on Transitioning to Fall
- Creating a Christmas Bullet Journal to get you organized for the holidays
- Home + School: Simplified: a 30 day series I wrote a while back to dissect your home and school systems.
- The Summer Plan: A step-by-step, detail-by-detail look at what our summer looked like.
- Why Goals are Good: A look at my goals list
- Getting Back into the Routine of School in the Fall: it’s easier said than done sometimes