There seems to be two polar opposite camps of homeschooling that I see.
Those that believe that homeschooling gives permission for a cluttered, messy, (sometimes dirty) house. “Oh, we homeschool . . . the whole house is our classroom.”
And those that run a school room; beautiful school room with desks and shelves with all the subjects, and everyone follows a schedule through their school day. Organized. Efficient. ( . . . Almost sterile.)
We don’t fall into either.
We have a school room, and it is neither messy nor super-organized. I can find stuff in minutes, but sometimes there is just too much stuff. Good stuff . . . but do I really need a metric measuring stick? Do we really need primary lined paper now that the youngest is hitting middle school?
There has to be some middle ground for creative projects in a functional environment.
Warm. Inspiring. Creative. Innovative. Academic. Enriching.
Minimalism starting with some mindful decluttering. Reading posts from other minimalists like, Becoming Minimalist, jump started me into thinning out the rest of the house, our pantry, and our master schedule. The rest of the house became farily decluttered over three years of culling.
If I can minimalize my linen closets and kitchen pantry, I can do the mental and physical minimalizing of our homeschool classroom and our homeschooling schedule.