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Clean and organize your homeschool space for this week's challengeNow that we have cleared out our used curriculum, it’s time to spruce up our homeschool space. Even if you school all through the house, you have storage areas that could use some organizing, don’t you? I know I do! Here are our missions for this week:

#1 Declutter

Sure we moved out the curriculum, but if you’re anything like me, you have a lot of other school stuff to get rid of. I have accumulated enough writing instruments to supply a small country! Declutter items that don’t serve a function right now and just get in the way. Ask your kids to help with this by choosing their favorites to keep.

#2 Deep clean

Once you’ve removed the excess, you can get rid of the cobwebs and do detail dusting and vacuuming. Resist the temptation to do it yourself! This is a great job for kids of all ages.

#3 Discuss problems with the space

At one time, my primary school space in the basement was cold, dark, and depressing. My husband helped me come up with solutions to the problems. We decided to repair the walls (five boys can be rough on drywall), repaint, replace the off-white carpet (what was I thinking when I chose that?), add a space heater and a new light, and buy new furniture. Your children may have some suggestions for you, too.

#4 Plan and shop for changes

The carpet was the most expensive part of our homeschool space redo, but well worth it. We added an existing bookcase to the wall to give it a more uniform look and bought used furniture from Craigslist. You can see more of our space in this post, but check out the great homeschool spaces on the Organized Homeschool Pinterest board for inspiration. Pray about what you can do to make your homeschool space more appealing. It can really make a difference in your mood and productivity.

What are some of your homeschool space dilemmas?

Be sure to visit the Not Back to School Blog Hop for more great homeschool space inspiration. nbtsbloghopcalendar2014

Here is this month’s Organized Homeschool Calendar and a list of previous challenges :

June 2014 Organized Homeschool Calendar

Organized Homeschool Challenge

Week 1: Daily Devotions Challenge

Week 2: Daily Routine Challenge

Week 3: To-Do List Challenge

Week 4: Memory Keeping Challenge

Week 5: The Decluttering Challenge

Week 6: The Organized Computer Challenge

 Week 7: The Marriage of Your Dreams Challenge

Week 8: The Confident Parent Challenge

Week 9: The Extended Family Challenge

Week 10: The Bring on the Spring Challenge

Week 11: The Spring Cleaning Challenge

Week 12: The Organized Easter Challenge

Week 13: The Serve the Church Challenge

Week 14: The Chore Challenge

Week 15: The Organize Your Finances Challenge

Week 16: The Curriculum Challenge

Week 17: The Friendship Challenge

Week 18: The Family Celebrations Challenge

Week 19: The Organized Clothing Challenge

Week 20: The Organized Vacation Challenge

Week 21: The Organized Summer Challenge

Week 22: The Outdoor Activity Challenge

Week 23: The Used Curriculum Challenge