Get Your Homeschool Ready for Summer in 15 Minutes!


It's true!

In just 15 minutes each day for 5 days, you can have your homeschool wrapped up and put away so it doesn't hang over your head for the whole summer. 

Is the thought of cleaning up the school year and organizing your homeschool killing the joyful headiness of a looming carefree summer?

Then let's attack this bite by bite! Printable checklist included below.

Day One:

Gather all texts finished for this year and either box them up to save for another student, toss, sell online or a curriculum fair, or put in a bag to donate.

Day Two:

Deal with the trash that has accumulated in your school area this year. Have a kid who needs to expend energy with some hard muscle work? Hand them the trash bag to take to the curb!

Day Three:

With the extra stuff gone and the trash dealt with, it's time to sort through and organize the art supplies, paper, pencils, tape, glue, etc. If you have a little extra time, make an inventory of what you need to replace because those school supplies sales are right around the corner!

Day Four:

Do you have toys, puzzles, and games that need sorting, too? Now's the time. List them on Facebook, give them away, or store them in a tub or cabinet to be taken out when the cold weather arrives again.

Day Five:

If your house is like mine, there are scuff marks on the walls and baseboards, and even the hard wood floor. In fact, one of my early summer projects is to remove a white sofa slipcover and try to remove the black dry erase marker my brain-injured kiddo put there. Grab the bottle of cleaning stuff, rags, a mop, etc. and set those kids to helping with the tabletops, cupboard doors, floors, and light switches, too!

Voila! In 15 minutes each day for 5 days, you have the school year behind you. Doesn't that feel great? Now go pour yourself something cold and enjoy your well-deserved time off! 

Print your free checklist here!

More Useful Tasks You Can Do in 5 to 60 Minutes:

A Psalm for Late Summer, 2016

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Thank you, God, that you set a moon so high it fills the space from tree to tree, dusty from the almond harvest and blurry in my backyard -

Thank you, God, for the roaring ocean, for jasmine at bloom in the perfect evening warm air in this Big, Big Valley -

Thank you, God, for my iPhone, with the app that plays ocean waves at night as I wrestle with my thoughts of ministry and marriages and how to get everyone where they need to be tomorrow. Also, for the gluten free waffles I didn’t forget to buy -

Thank you, God, for nephews who stop by on their way from Santa Cruz to Fresno, to give me a hug and play Legos with Joe for an hour in an empty house -

Thank you, God, for holes. Holes in an 8-year-old’s tender and intricate and badly damaged brain. Holes that mean there are caverns of blank and empty parts in his head, in my heart, holes that only you can fill -

Thank you, God, for a shower with water that doesn’t start out hot but gets there gradually and causes me to ponder how slow and imperfect things are here where we live, how impatient I am for the new heaven and the new earth, and your perfect timing that will wipe away the old and the ugly and the dead -