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The 52-Week Get Organized Homeschool Challenge

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If you’re anything like me, you find dozens of great ideas you could use to get and stay organized in your homeschooling and life. The problem is overwhelm! Where do you start? It often feels like you aren’t organized enough to get organized.

I’ve been there. In fact, when I gave homeschooling a try by teaching preschool 14 years ago, I was convinced I had to quit because I was so disorganized.

  • I was constantly forgetting appointments
  • I couldn’t find anything
  • The laundry piled up
  • I didn’t follow through with my curriculum
  • The stress made me short-tempered with the kids

Little did I know that homeschooling was the perfect remedy for a disorganized mom like me. I saw how incapable I was of doing what God had called me to do. It didn’t happen overnight, but today people consider me an organized person.

I’ve come a long way, but I still seek ways to make our homeschooling, home life, and work function as efficiently as possible. I’ve noticed that there aren’t a lot of organizing missions tailored to families who homeschool, and that’s too bad. We have specific organizing needs.

If you can relate, I invite you to join me for a year’s worth of challenges that will help us get organized enough to do all God has called us to do.

On Mondays, you can read the post, then do one 15-minute mission each remaining weekday, do an hour session over the weekend, or anything in between. One thing I forbid you to do is beat yourself up for not doing every mission. I’m telling you right now that I’m not going to do every single mission as scheduled! There are more important things in life than organization.

But if we do even a few of these missions this year, we will have a better homeschool than we had last year! That’s something to be excited about. I would love for you to subscribe to the blog. As a bonus, you’ll receive my free meal planning ebook and special subscriber-only freebies that will help you get and stay organized.

Please also follow the Organized Homeschool board on Pinterest, and tell your friends about the challenge. Getting organized is always more fun with friends. If you haven’t already heard it, I invite you to listen to the Easy Way to Get Organized podcast on The Homeschool Sanity Show. I share ideas for how to get the most out of this challenge and share my fellow homeschoolers’ and podcasters’ best organizing tips.

52 Week Get Organized Homeschool Challenge. Get organized this year!

Here is a PDF list of the whole year’s challenges for you to save or you can pin this post for later:

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

Week 24: The Homeschool Space Challenge

Week 25: The Goal Setting Challenge

Week 26: The Homeschool Planning Challenge

Week 27: The Bible Time Challenge

Week 28: The Special Study Prep Challenge

Week 29: The Extra-Curricular Challenge

Week 30: The Core Curriculum Prep Challenge

Week 31: The Elective Curriculum Challenge

Week 32: The Back to School Challenge

Week 33: The Fall Bucket List Challenge

Week 34: The Organized Bedroom Challenge

Week 35: The Clean Out the Pantry Challenge

Week 36: The Meal Planning Challenge

Week 37: The Grocery Shopping Challenge

Week 38: The Organized Kitchen Challenge

Week 39: The Freezer Cooking Challenge

Week 40: The Hospitality Challenge

Week 41: The Blog or Business Challenge

Week 42: The Hobby Challenge

Week 43: The Charity Challenge

Week 44: The Thanksgiving Challenge

Week 45: The Christmas Plan Challenge

Week 46: The Christmas Decorating Challenge

Week 47: The Christmas Shopping Challenge

Week 48: The Home Ec Challenge

Week 49: The Hot Spot Challenge

Week 50: The Curriculum Review Challenge

Week 51: The Company Clean Challenge

Week 52: The Peace & Joy Challenge

I’m looking forward to getting organized with you this year! 

Please share your organizing progress, tips, or related blog posts in the comments, on Facebook, or Google+.

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  1. “Little did I know that homeschooling was the perfect remedy for a disorganized mom like me.” I love this! So many people tell me they could never homeschool because they are too disorganized or not patient enough. But when you look at it this way, you realize that you don’t have to be organized or have the patience of a saint to homeschool – you just have to be willing to let God work in your life. He certainly has given me much more strength than I ever knew possible, because of homeschooling.

    I’m in for your challenge!

    • Sarah, that’s great. I’ve been checking out your flash Christmas challenge. What a wonderful concept! Most things that actually happen in my life are “flashes.” That’s ok. Whatever works, right? I’m with you on hearing that people aren’t organized enough to homeschool. That makes me laugh, if by that they mean I was so organized when I started. My disorganization made me feel more insecure than anything. I’ve really grown in that area, though I will never be perfect. That’s ok. I’d have no friends if I were perfect. :-)

  2. I didn’t think I could possibly love your blog(s) more, and now this! Thanks for dedicating the time to come up with this organization challenge. Can’t wait to start!

    • What an encouragement you are to me. Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to it, too.

  3. We’ve been homeschooling going on our 3rd year…and every single bullet you listed above describes me to a T. So much so that my mom recently told me maybe I should pray to see if I’m not meant to homeschool my children. In my opinion, THAT is not an option so it is a blessing to have come across your blog, this challenge and the encouragement I need to keep going. There are more days than not I want to give up but I know this is my calling from the Lord. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience with those of us just starting out. (even though it’s 3 years, I still feel like a newbie)

    • Carisa, I hope you’ll keep tracking with us, even if you feel like you’re not doing everything right. That’s the key. No one is going to do every single one of these challenges to the letter or they wouldn’t be disorganized! God created us in a certain wonderful way. Our greatest strengths may not be in the area of organized living, but we can absolutely be organized enough to fulfill the Lord’s callings. I’m so glad you commented. It wasn’t like I started homeschooling and poof! I was organized. It’s been a process. It STILL is! But every year it’s getting better. I refuse to believe the lie that you and I can’t do it. Sending you a homeschool friend hug.

    • So excited you’ll join us! I’m interested to see how you like the daily missions.

  4. Ok, I’m forwarding this to my wife since she’s the keeper of our homeschool calendar. Thanks for the resource.

    • That’s wonderful, Caleb. My guess is she will have many of these missions down. :-) But everyone can tweak, right? Have a merry Christmas!

  5. I tried to download the January calendar and it said “not a PDF or corrupted”. Just wanted to let you know…would love to have the calendar. KJD

  6. Wow.
    I don’t even practice asking God for a “word” for the year, but I was thinking He gave me a word, anyway, and it was “organize”. There is so MUCH I need to organize, because, you see:
    I’m a retired home educator.
    This means my kids are grown and gone and everything that gets done is my job, alone, now. Whew!
    I used to be so organize, knew how to turn my six children into great helpers and to keep them motivated and producing.
    Now, I need to figure out how to do that to myself.
    So I’m in! :)

    • Katharine, I love that you feel this is your encouragement from the Lord. I hope these challenges inspire you. Some of them will no longer apply to you. If you want just decluttering challenges, I highly recommend

      • No. More than decluttering, but more like a new reason to be self-disciplined, since my precious charges are no longer watching their mom set examples.
        I need to work as hard as I did when it was imperative that I set a good example. Because the angels are watching. :)

        • What goals do you have, Katharine, that will motivate you?

          • Motivate me to organize? Hmm. Maybe none. Maybe just to be all I can be for the Lord.
            My days are filled with being a pastor’s wife, tutoring, trying to finish the Bible study I started writing, teaching the women at church. I think all my goals pull me away from organizing the house. I’m organizing the church library, for instance, or donating time to the local public librarian who recently had a stroke and needs a bit of help getting caught up.

            I do a lot and am motivated to do the things I do, but my personal organizing? I was just thinking a list would help. A bit of accountability would be what I need. Does this answer your question?

          • You sound like you know what you need. I think you’re going to have a very organized year. :-)

  7. I could so relate to this post that it brought tears to my eyes! Excited to read more!

    • That’s great! They are all there for you whenever you’re ready.

  8. So excited for this! I love organization and am looking forward to refining our homeschool :)

    • Great! Summer is a wonderful time to start. Best wishes with the process.


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