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  1. Hi all, First off, let me confess I'm a book junkie - I love to see books on shelves, it just makes my heart sing. I have so many books I don't have room for them, some are boxed as I'm struggling to part with them, partly because just one day I may need it, the other reason is the cost in the first place. I have bookcases in my attic/loft where I store an overflow. I don't even know all of what I own, and find it hard to put my hand on something which will then interrupt schooling why I go look. Think I need to confess I'm a clutterbug too :glare: I have a schoolroom which we use to store books and resources, it's bulging! We tend to home school at the dining table, sofa, anywhere that's comfy really. Well it looks like in the not too distant future, I will have my father come live with us. He will need my designated school room, so my 'stuff' needs to go, I have nowhere else it can go other than the loft. Which needs to be cleared of all the non essential books. So I'm not going to be taken unawares by my fathers sudden arrival ( no date yet, but could happen anytime) I need to plan NOW, and use this as a reason to get rid of books (just typing that is making me choke) Basically I need to pare down from 4 big bookshelves, to a small waist height one with 3 shelves, I may be able to squeeze an ikea expedit 4 cube bookcase where I would want to put the girls essential work in baskets. Can it be done? Has anyone made the drastic change? Any older threads to look for ideas to help, there was one where it talked about all their HS in a suitcase, I couldn't find anything in the search button. So basically, I'll use the internet more, my library more, and I'm hoping the more simplified way will help me maintain my schooling and peace of mind, which has become overwhelmed like my home. Much encouragement needed please, links to blogs, pictures websites you name it, to help me keep on task. Advice on how to choose what I seriously need, as opposed to 'oh I like this shiny book, we may use it' Just typing it out has made me see what a sorrowful state I've let myself get into, but has spurred me on to get boxes and start packing up, I just need to know what essentials I absolutely need . Thanks in advance x
  2. I have a Moth schedule. Stuff isn't getting done. Some of this is character issues. I am working on that. My dh and I are having marriage issues do to long term unemployment. Our kids are 14, 11, 8, 2, and 8 months. My oldest is a high functioning Aspie. He is smart and cocky. I need more time to teach him how to work like a HS. My 11 yo is getting lost because he isn't asking for help. My 8 yo has speech/learning difficulties. He isn't in therapy currently, although he should be doing online ST soon. He has ETC online and TT that he does alone. I help him for another hour a day on his other work. My 2yo is the only girl and she draws on everything. The baby has had some feeding problems. he is doing better. Any suggestions? I cannot let school go. We are finally caught up from when we let go in the past when I thought US was a good fit. I am tired. I do have a lot to deal with. HOW do I do it? We school 6 days a week. I have to keep on the kids all day long. Help me get my big girl panties on and get my home in order. I need to be a better leader. I need to be stronger.
  3. Anyone have great tips for how to get ready to move? We will be moving in 4-6 months--give or take a bit. The highway is coming through our house. If we don't find another hobby farm for sale in our area soon, we will likely be buying 13 acres and building there. That might mean a 1-2 month stay in our camping trailer or apartment during that time. How do I get a household that has been here for 18 years ready to move? I have the 3 special needs kids and all of there stuff and then the garages, barn, and critters to get ready. I was thinking of starting dejunking now in 2 stages: 1. Start in a room and get rid of anything that I don't want to move with us. 2. As I come across things that I know won't move with us (no matter where they are) get rid of those too. I know that my kids do NOT want to get rid of ANYTHING--down to the last of 37 stuffed animals or 83 books, etc. Have you ever been rather ruthless with this and then regretted getting rid of stuff? I am thinking of getting rid of all but 2-3 cook books. After all, those few have almost everything in them I need and I have google for anything else. Same with books (of all horrors:001_huh:)--I am thinking of seriously downsizing our fiction section and keeping some favorites and then our non fiction reference books. We have 2 libraries which are each within 10 miles plus a church library. I am thinking of just boxing stuff up as I come across it and dontating the whole hodge podge to a local thrift store. I could sell some of it but we are in a rural area in the middle of winter here and I don't think my stuff is worth that much, esp. for the hassle involved. Any other tips, ideas for making this go as smooth as possible? We will have professional movers that do all of the moving but my sister said they pack and move EVERTHING---even moved her trash for her:confused: so I want only the minimum here in the house when they come for that.
  4. Several months back I posted to get opinions of ONLY reading for certain courses. Lots of illness was very overwhelming to me and I just wanted to assign reading for a while. Now,I normally do not put much stock into ANY standardized tests. BUT........ my then 6th grade son and then 9th grade boy both scored "about average" in the areas that I told them to "just read." My 6th grader did A LOT of "just reading".... ok MOSTLY "just reading" and he scored average or about average in almost every single area covered on the test..... EVEN the math!!!!! And he mainly did review work the whole year!!!!! My 9th grader scored well in several areas that were "just read" assignments. He did not do much written work at all.... just barely enough for me to have some grades to average. Still he did fine on the test. And I think his retention of Apologia Phys Sci is better at the end of the year when I skipped the study guides and tests!! I was planning an "easy" year with assignments for this year. Now, I'm planning on a heavier reading load, writing papers and essays, and doing very little end of chapter questions, vocab quizzes and tests. :D
  5. We have been in the process of house renovation/repair -- nothing fancy, but 15 years ago my husband made the carport an extension of the house, but the walls and ceilings never matched. The plaster never set right on the addition wall, and the ceiling texturings were vastly different. Our carpet was also in desperate need of replacement, so we carpeted the living area, designed the office (which is really part of the L-shaped living area) to be its own room by building these little divider walls, and put laminate flooring in there. Moving everything from your living area into a POD reveals how much STUFF you really own. I decided we just had too much stuff -- too many books, too many educational things, too many games, too many toys, and so on. I know Jenniferslost can relate to what I am saying. Books: I purged three tall bookshelves worth of books Educational games/things: I purged half of these Games: I purged half of these Toys: This is the tricky one, most of the toys are Playmobil and Lego. We did box up the Lincoln Logs (8 sets plus a bonus one) that we are trying to sell. I also gathered up some of the crafty things that they never use anymore for the yard sale. My craft stuff is next on the list to purge. Our house slowly ended up being storage space for stuff instead of a home to actually live in. I feel like we spend so much time taking care of the stuff that we have no time to actually enjoy it. It's actually quite a sickening feeling. I had one yard sale a couple of weeks ago, earning $160, and I plan to have another when the weather warms a little. These are really just teacher yard sales as I freecycle almost everything else or donate to a thrift store. I've also sold many books on amazon and a few here. Can you share your purging tips? Can you inspire me to keep going? Do you have any revelations of this sort?
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