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    Default Cleaned out the homeschool bookcase!

    Ooh, it needed doing. And boy was it satisfying. I'm disappointed I didn't take a before photo. Do you like to organize/sort your homeschool stuff? I do, but I hadn't done so in a very long time. I was getting ready to start our new school year this weekend, and started rooting around for a couple things.

    One thing led to another, and I found myself culling out books we no longer need and/or will never use. It gained me space to organize the shelves better, and I'm breathing a sigh of relief!!

    I posted a few things in the Swap thread, in case you are still looking for things. But mostly I just wanted to celebrate my mad organizational skills by sharing the joy here. LOL
    Working mom homeschooling DD (10) who is working on a 4th-6th grade level and keeps me hopping! SimpleMoney is my new venture.

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    Like to do it? No. But it reeeeaaaaally needs to be done sometimes, like now! I know I'll feel better once I've done it too. I have a box in the basement of stuff I need to find homes for.
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    It can be tedious, but at the same time, the number of times I said, "holy cow, I forgot I had THAT!!" far outweighed any negative thoughts I had. LOL
    Working mom homeschooling DD (10) who is working on a 4th-6th grade level and keeps me hopping! SimpleMoney is my new venture.

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    Share an inspirational “after” picture!
    I was just looking at our shelves / homeschool work area, thinking it was time to clear it for the end of summer.
    And yeah, finding those things you forgot you had.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Whew, it's not that inspirational, to be honest. Still pretty full. Just had stuff stuck all on the tops of books, which made getting anything out of there difficult. Once I get a few more things listed for sale, that will be better.
    Working mom homeschooling DD (10) who is working on a 4th-6th grade level and keeps me hopping! SimpleMoney is my new venture.

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    ...and in the future can be bittersweet. I purged all but a few sentimental things of the kids when they went to college. I LOVE all the space I have now and was happy to sell/donate a lot of homeschool materials, but the last time around certainly does signify a change to a different life stage.

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

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    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Okay, I was inspired. There's now a giant pile of stuff on my windowseat awaiting transport to a new basement home until it can go to a curriculum swap. Whew.
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    I'm purging stuff to get ready for the in-laws in two weeks. They're going to sleep in a third bedroom, which we use as our study the rest of the year. Except for when they come, it looks like something out of "Hoarders: Buried Alive", so yes, it needs de-cluttering. Our homeschool stuff and household files are in there as well. Yesterday, while DH and DS were out of the house, I worked at it and today, you can actually see 25% of the carpet.

    Why oh why can't they stay in a hotel?!?!
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

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    With a passion for us we could not return?
    If equal affection cannot be,
    Let the more loving one be me.

    W. H. Auden

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    I decluttered last month before our local used curriculum sale. I found things I forgot about, purged a lot, recouped money on things I didn’t need any more and patted myself on the back. Then I came home from the used curriculum sale. :sigh:

    My daughter reads a lot and I love fueling that desire with low cost books of great quality. I put an unused bookcase in her room and put a bunch of her books in there and used the other 2 shelves for Playmobil. She promptly converted all 4 shelves to play space and the books no longer fit in the homeschool room/office. :bigger sigh:
    We took the summer off as I couldn’t get anything started w/o a regular routine in place. Doing 3rd grade now and so far so good.

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    I was decluttering a couple of months ago and I got rid of so much stuff. I hate going though the process of selling things, so I do it for a few items and then the rest goes to the library or a friend who is also a homeschooler. It works out since her kids are a couple of years younger. Everyone wins. Though I am looking at the shelves again and thinking they need another purge.
    A mama who teaches college writing, as well as help her 11-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.

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Cleaned out the homeschool bookcase!