Minimalist Homeschooler and the Art Closet —

When I first decluttered our home, I found it easier to find things and put things away.
No more stacks of clothes next to the dresser, because the dresser was already full.  No more stacks of clean dishes, because the kitchen cupboards were full of clean dishes.
The homeschool closets are next.  We can’t put away the art supplies, because we have too many.  I think what we are going to find, after cleaning out the closet, is that we use the supplies more often, because we can find things.  No more wanting to paint, but not wanting to start because it will take too long to pull everything together.
I’m not an advocate for throwing things away.  Part of this procrastination is finding the right place or way to dispose.  Maybe it is finding a younger homeschooler that wants water colors and brushes.  Maybe it is just focusing on one box, and enjoying the last of the contents before recycling the remains.
The benefits will be very clear.  More time to do the art we want.  Less time to organize and clean up.

4 Comments

  • Anonymous

    September 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Loving this! Seems like you are finding peace in your home and a place for homeschooling!

  • Anonymous

    September 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm Reply

    But are you not limiting your kids creativity? Being minimalist doesn't mean stifling creativity!

  • Anonymous

    September 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Creativity doesn't mean clutter!

  • Teacher in the Home

    September 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Agreed. Creativity is not reflected in clutter. In the moment there can be chaos, but not all artists are chaotic or cluttered. We have an aunt who is a professional artist, and her studio is highly organized. The rest of her house is average, often unorganized while she is painting. She says that she has to be able to find her supplies at the moment she is inspired, chaos slows her down.

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