Whether you have started your new school year yet or are waiting until after Labor Day, I’m sure you are well on your way to freshening up your school room space.
Keeping our space fresh helped me gain new perspective for the coming year, new hopes, and let go of old ways that weren’t working any longer.
Here’s a few things we accomplished to kick off the new school year:
- Clean out the old desks. We threw away the chewed up, nubby, missing-eraser pencils. Then, we cleared out old, dog-eared notebooks with 3 sheets of paper left. Finally, any folder or miscellaneous item that was not needed in the coming year went away…
- Clean out any old curriculum. Wow. That’s easier said than done. After sorting through piles of curriculum and materials, I took away 3 boxes to a local Christian library with a homeschool resale section and I gathered a whole box full of other miscellaneous items to bless a newbie homeschool family. We let go of anything that didn’t work for our family. For me, this is tough. Stuff costs money, and I don’t like wasting.
- Give it a deep clean. No space is pretty with bugs and dust bunnies lurking around the corner. We went through each and every shelf giving then a thorough dusting. We even washed the windows!
- Gather new supplies and organize. Each child received his and her boxes of their own pencils, scissors, and colored pencils, erasers, glue stick etc. It’s a total time waster/distraction/disruption to be searching for a supply that’s needed and not have it at your fingertips. Our main supplies were then gathered and placed in mini-galvanized buckets from Target, all smartly organized onto a wonderful, rolling cart from World Market.
- Remove any old books. We purged any books that we no longer needed, like the Beginner’s Guide to Spanish that was a bit mildewy inside. Gross right?
- Add new books. After clearing out some open space, we added in our new books in categories by subject. We have some text books, but for many subjects we use “living books.
- Gather your supplies and weed out. I found a great rolling cart at World Market, added some little buckets, and stocked the cart with all the supplies we could possibly need for the year. The last thing you want to do is leave your school area searching around for a working glue stick while the crews lies in waiting (I mean gets distracted and either starts to play or argue!). Find the glue sticks. Now.
- Assess your kids’ height/comfort in their current desk/chair. Did your kids have a growth spurt over the summer? Make sure their chairs aren’t too short or their desk/table too low. I found out the hard way ergonomics are important. Our kids were emerging from little kids to mid-aged children (I will not say the word Tween!) We found a couple old desks at a garage sale, sanded, and painted them a fun color of their choice, and stocked them with fun supplies.
- Finally, add some fun decorations to spark your creativity and create a special place to “do school.” We chose a banner with our school name.
I hope you are well in your way to an organized and beautiful year.