One of the most important parts of a successful homeschool is the learning environment. Excess clutter doesn’t just limit the amount of physical space that’s available, it also has an impact on how well your child is able to focus.
Clutter is Distracting
As all parents know, kids can be distracted by anything, so leaving toys lying around or even empty boxes is a recipe for disaster. Not only will your kids want to play with everything they see, but they’ll ask endless questions about what things are, how they work, and whether they can use them. Although this can spark their imagination, it makes getting down to work difficult, if not impossible.
Excess Clutter Means Limited Space
Unless you live on a sprawling estate, chances are you’ll be using a multi-purpose space to homeschool your kids. While you don’t need an endless amount of space to educate your children, each child needs a place where they can work comfortably.
When clutter is around, this limits the amount of space your kids have to work or play (during designated break times). Instead of being able to concentrate on tasks, your kids are more likely to spend their time complaining about things being in their way or not being able to reach pens, pencils, and paper.
How to Start Decluttering
If you’re prone to hanging on to things, decluttering might sound like an impossible task but it can be easier than you think. Start by visually assessing your homeschooling space and identify the things that don’t need to be in this location. Then decide whether you really want or need them at all.
Of course, things don’t have to be thrown away when you’re decluttering. Instead, they can be sold or donated, so there’s no need to feel like you’re discarding perfectly usable items. When you list them on online marketplaces, like eBay, and arrange shipping, you can get low-cost quotes within minutes here and end up making a profit from decluttering. With short listings and fast sales, it doesn’t take long to rid your home of clutter and generate revenue instead.
You can also make a huge difference to how much clutter is in your room through the simple rearrangement of where you are storing things. The clever use of urns, pots and storage spaces can really help you here, so that is a good place to get started.
While it’s a good idea to start decluttering by focusing on your main homeschooling space, you don’t have to stop there. By decluttering the rest of your home too, you can breathe new life into your surroundings and enjoy a calmer and more tranquil environment.
Make Decluttering Part of Your Daily Routine
Once you’ve decluttered your homeschooling space, you’ll only need to spend a few minutes a day keeping things clean and tidy. If everything has a dedicated storage space, it’s easy to return things to their rightful homes and prevent counters, worktops, and desks from getting filled with clutter once again.
By decluttering your home, you’ll find that your kids are able to concentrate more easily when you’re homeschooling them, which makes life easier for everyone. Additionally, kids tend to work more efficiently when fewer distractions are around, so you’ll find they can complete the tasks you set more quickly and achieve learning goals in record time.