We haven’t done as well about easing back into school as I’ve wanted to this month. It might have something to do with the fact that our school shelves looked like this:
Or it could be the fact that our school supply box looked like this (it’s in the bottom of that picture, but it’s hard to see. What with all the mess…)
I feel like we need some background music of the Jaws soundtrack! We like to keep it real around here, and this is definitely the uglier side of keeping it real! It’s not much wonder that the thought of trying to do school was enough to make me want to run and hide! How on earth was I supposed to find our school books? Or a pencil? Or crayons?
I decided Friday that I had to tackle the chaos. Rip it off like a band-aid! Granted, it had taken months, if not the whole year to get this bad. A lot of the mess came from “projects” or “art work” of the girls – hence all the mounds of paper. But it exploded beyond that, and the shelves became a black hole into which any toy or item that drifted into the dining room could be thrown.
It took me several hours Friday and Saturday to get it finished. I was so proud by the time I got to this point that I had to take another picture:
Progress! Of course, progress meant that there were various piles of junk all over my dining room table, stacks of books on the floor, and several garbage bags full of trash in a corner. But progress even so.
I wanted to run screaming on more than one occasion, especially as I got down to the nitty-gritty of dealing with all the random puzzle pieces, game pieces, toys, cell phone chargers, bills, Christmas stuff, and other assorted odds and ends.
But it was worth it to finally get to this point!
I could just sit and stare at them now!! The top two shelves on the right have our materials for this year. Read-alouds, unit study materials, curriculum, math books, speech folders, and so forth. The third shelf has some of the girl’s older schoolwork that they still like to flip through – notebooks and lapbooks mostly, along with a big stack of coloring books. The fourth shelf is a case of books that are great for pre-K, and a dry-erase writing board. The bottom shelf holds the rubbermaid with our school supplies, like scissors, empty notebooks, glue, and construction paper. It actually closes now! The top shelf on the left holds general homeschooling books, along with math manipulatives and our pencil boxes with pencils, crayons, and markers (I was SHOCKED at how many crayons we actually still own!). The second shelf down holds read-alouds that we may or may not get to this year, and the third shelf holds geography reference books. The fourth shelf holds more reference books – encyclopedias, Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus, and a few children’s visual dictionaries. The bottom shelf holds some puzzles and our music set. Right where the baby can knock them out over and over
Having this completed allowed me to sit down Saturday afternoon and write out our goals for the year, and some of our initial lesson plans. It helped that I could actually see the things that I had gotten for the year! I was also able to make a list of the school supplies we did need: glue sticks, construction paper, and tape. Not anywhere near what I thought we needed before I started.
We are starting school today, and I am so excited about it. I’m also determined to keep these shelves organized!
Do you have any big projects you need to tackle before school starts back?