The following is a guest post by Cara Thompson of Write Season.
There are so many amazing home school moms online.
So many, that my first year of active educating in our home, my heart was given over to finding out how the majority of those moms set up their homes for school.
I zeroed in on the moms who have personalities that I idealize, and I read all their posts and watched all their vlogs. I wanted to join the ranks and provide my family with the best homeschool set-up possible.
I researched and added many voices to my philosophies. Every day I pushed myself to add more good stuff to the list of things to do, to buy, to organize.
And that good stuff began to pile up: Desks. Bulletin boards. Alphabet signs. Hanging card holders. Chore charts. Calendars. Lists. Planners. Oh, office stores. How I over-spent…
One problem: our home has less than a thousand square feet.
So as the pile continued to grow, so did the wedge between us and our priorities. You know, the real reason we do this.
In an effort to perfect our space according to what so-and-so was doing, I organized my children right out of the space that was intended for them. In my good intention to make our space perfect, I actually lost my focus on what was best.
And that’s when I realized the power of focused attention. That only one room matters in your home when you’ve taken the path to educating your children: the room you are in together.
Home is wherever you are, and education is dynamic. Education can be whenever you’re engaged in the process of question and answer over any topic.
Don’t neglect this process in order to set up the perfect space. It isn’t the space that counts, it’s the people in it who make all the difference. So just remember that together you are the home, and school is where you are.
Here are some action thoughts that help me keep focused:
Stop idealizing someone else’s space.
Hear me: inspiration is a miracle! For goodness sake, keep seeking inspiration and keep gaining insight but “research” can be an excuse to delay engaging in right now.
Make it fit your family.
Make a mental list of what inspires your children and organize your space to encompass their imagination. Don’t form your home after someone else’s gifts.
Be open to change.
Don’t get hung up on making your space look like the “right space.” It just has to feel like your space.
Recognize your limits.
You can’t create more space, but you can cultivate a better atmosphere.
Remember inspiration doesn’t cost money!
Don’t get caught in the trap of thinking that the newest organizational trend will solve your space problems.
Photo by Jodimichelle
Accept and attack a certain amount of daily mess.
Accept people with their stuff. Attack the clutter that has been left behind.
Remember that the home trains the heart.
What is on the outside has a dynamic effect on what is on the inside.
We need to take time to evaluate our priorities and then take the steps necessary to make our family life reflect the simple life we crave … You want a simpler life at home for your family – a home that is clean and organized and fits your life’s purpose … It won’t happen for us – mature adults proactively make decisions and form habits to shape their home lives into the lifestyle they desire.”
~ Tsh Oxenreider, Organized Simplicity
So how did we solve our space and school set-up problem?
By following these action thoughts and by settling into the atmosphere of “togetherness.”
Attitude plays a more important role in education than order.
Stay simple, stay small, grow contentment. This might just be your year to embrace your space.
How have you learned to make peace with your homeschool space?