BYE BYE MESS: Homeschool work zone

Making our Homeschool Work Zone nice and neat is the first challenge on the path to a reasonably decluttered home.

I swear we are not that bad in general and it gets cleaned regularily, but somehow it gets clogged up again. Cleaning shelf by shelf, which was done previously just doesn’t work.  Picking up mess at “hot spots” doesn’t work. D. has a tendency to store things in little jars (is he secretly a mouse?).

So today we went Marie Kondo method on it (click to buy the book at book depository) aka throw away everything that doesn’t make you happy (I started with children’s items because I don’t have the guts to throw out mine yet :D). Kids, unexpectedly were excited. I guess even they were tired of rummaging for good 10 minutes in search of a copybook.

Here’s what it looked like before we got to it.

D's working table, and before you as, yes it is indeed a groin protector on top of Secret Garden Book :D

D’s working table, and before you ask, yes it is indeed a groin protector on top of Secret Garden Book 😀

horrid mess (how did they manage to do it)

horrid mess (how did they manage to keep it upright and not hav it slide out is beyond me)

First thing we just dumped it all on the table

It's not even all of it!

It’s not even all of it!

And started to work. We separated all the junk into categories : art supplies, home study, co-op study, keepsakes, obvious trash and suspected trash. It took us about two hours to go through it. We found some art work we thought we lost, we found letters from friends, we found a bowl full of Lego pieces, we found rocks (a lot of rocks!). We ended up taking out amount of paper refuse equal to at least two big garbage bags. A whole container of crayons remains was discovered and disposed of.

Here’s what our corner looks like now:

D, can see outside the window now!

D. can see outside the window !

there is actually space on these shelves, wow

there is actually space on these shelves, wow!

Kids were surprised to discover they didn’t have any good colored pencils left and hardly any markers (now I know why they keep coming after mine!) and that they have lots of copybooks started but never finished. A trip to the store is due to get some new art supplies, and they promised to pitch in with their pocket money. A new challenge for children : to keep it clean for at least a week (they might get a special treat if they do) and if they manage to do it for a month, then we will make it an even more special.

Today’s reward for all the hard work was taking tea in a candlelight (“light all the candles, mama! ” )

🙂special  tea time

Now which room shall be the next?

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2 thoughts on “BYE BYE MESS: Homeschool work zone

  1. Congratulations on defeating the mess! That’s some strong work you all did! Well done. Now, if you want more practice, I have a few shelves you might want to look at. . . .:) LOL.

  2. Pingback: Week’s Roundup: Jan.12-Jan.18 | Sunflowerous Days

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