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When you first imagined your homeschool life, it probably didn’t extend into every nook and cranny of your home. Homeschooling resulted in a surplus of supplies and resources overtaking your life. But, if you’re like me, you recognize the benefits that a lot less stuff could bring to your home learning. These 5 tips can help you transition and learn how to become a minimalist homeschooler.
1) Use online learning resources
If you are looking to reduce the textbooks and other supplies in your classroom, there are a ton of great online learning resources that you can use. Instead of buying books or videos, you can use ebooks, audiobooks, or stream videos instead. Not only are these way cheaper than buying them, but they take up less space too. This will help reduce the amount of paper clutter in your classroom and give you access to a wider variety of resources.
2) Limit your space
It can be tempting to keep stocking up on supplies when they go on sale. You may tell yourself that you’ll save it for future lesson plans or unit study, but (experience talking here) the reality is that if you do this too often you end up with more than you can reasonably use. Set a hard limit on how much you will allow to keep and you’ll find that you keep a lot less. Dedicate one bin to a school curriculum, one box to crafting supplies, and so on. Just plan to reorder when you run out. This is where Amazon Prime comes in as your best friend.
3) Let go of the old curriculum, resources, and books
One of the hardest parts of homeschooling is letting go of old materials. If you have younger children, you may save some of these supplies for their lesson plans or reuse or repurpose them later. While this is a great way to save money on supplies, it can also cost you a lot in space. Allow yourself to let go of old curriculum, resources, and books that you are no longer using, and give them to another homeschool mom who might need them.
4) Borrow when you can
You don’t have to always buy the resources you need for your classroom. If you are able to, try to borrow before you buy. If you know other homeschool moms, swap supplies and curriculum with them. Use your library for books, movies, and other educational materials. You may not always be able to borrow what you need, but this will save you a lot of space in your classroom.
5) Simplify your classroom
Last but certainly not least, if you are looking for a way to minimize your classroom start by simplifying your classroom. The things you need to teach your child your lesson plans make up a very small list (especially if you techie homeschool and rely on digital resources). Use the resources you have around you and simplify to keep it from becoming cluttered. Embrace more of a lifestyle of learning vs. the school model of education. To start decluttering your homeschool supplies, check out THESE TIPS.
Minimalism in your homeschool classroom not only frees up space for learning but even help you save money too. Understanding how to become a minimalist will help you reduce your homeschool supplies without sacrificing your child’s education. And give you a sense of freedom that you didn’t know you could have.
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