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    We're moving out of state in a few months. Before then we'll be taking a survey trip to our new location and also putting our house on the market. I was tempted to pack things up since it didn't seem like DD was really getting anything out of our time together. Then this morning, she made it so clear she is getting it and internalizing it and wants more. You mamas of SC kids know what I mean about seeing that lightbulb go on and realizing you have to press on no matter what else is going on in life.

    So how do I keep things organized? I need to streamline it so it's portable and I need to keep my things together before, during, and after the move. DD will get into anything left out so it needs to be packed away when we're done each day.

    Help!
    togg_mama // Deut 6:5-6

    April 2018: finishing our sixth year of homeschooling, starting first year using MP cores
    DD: SC C // DS MP 4NU // DD MP 1 // DD MP K

    #2
    Re: Keeping organized while moving

    Originally posted by togg_mama View Post
    We're moving out of state in a few months. Before then we'll be taking a survey trip to our new location and also putting our house on the market. I was tempted to pack things up since it didn't seem like DD was really getting anything out of our time together. Then this morning, she made it so clear she is getting it and internalizing it and wants more. You mamas of SC kids know what I mean about seeing that lightbulb go on and realizing you have to press on no matter what else is going on in life.

    So how do I keep things organized? I need to streamline it so it's portable and I need to keep my things together before, during, and after the move. DD will get into anything left out so it needs to be packed away when we're done each day.

    Help!
    What level, so we can have an idea of pieces you are using?
    Christine

    (2019/2020)
    DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
    DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
    DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

    Previous Years
    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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      #3
      Re: Keeping organized while moving

      Originally posted by howiecram View Post
      What level, so we can have an idea of pieces you are using?
      Simply Classical level C.
      togg_mama // Deut 6:5-6

      April 2018: finishing our sixth year of homeschooling, starting first year using MP cores
      DD: SC C // DS MP 4NU // DD MP 1 // DD MP K

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        #4
        Re: Keeping organized while moving

        We are going to be moving soon as well, and doing Level C with my 5yo son. I had planned to drop my 1hr/day time-limited lessons (thanks for the idea Anita) with him -that I had set as I wasn't managing when pregnant - down to 15mins during new baby/trades being in house to prep it for rental/moving time, just to keep things plodding...but I haven't, we just stopped. It hasn't been good for him and I plan to start up again next week or the week after at latest. The routine will be beneficial I think.

        In terms of organising materials...I'm not a natural organiser...so I bet others have some better ideas, but depending on where you're at in Level C, you could pack away the books that you're not using yet. Most of my house is packed in boxes in our homeschooling room (I didnt want to be distracted from enjoying my new baby by packing boxes after he was born). I've got my daughters books waiting in a big plastic box, and my sons are still in his set of 10 plastic drawers that hold all his homeschooling materials. They'll get packed up last, but we're not moving nearly as far as you.

        Maybe when it comes to your actual moving day/s and traveling days you could just take something small to keep things going rather than doing everything. Anita's idea of time-limiting schoolwork has been really helpful for me, particularly in these times of lots of extras going on in our life...although I suspect I'll keep it up when things settle down.

        Hope it all goes well for you as you make your big move!

        Sarah
        Sarah

        Aussies from Sydney, Australia
        Miriam 9yo Latina Christiana, R&S4, IEW Phonetic Zoo, IEW Grammar
        Jonny 7yo (Special Needs) SC1 Phonics, R&S1
        Elissa (almost) 4yo K phonics, R&S Preschool books

        Together this term (in Circle Time) we are doing Bible time with SC1 Story Bible and our own memorisation/songs, Myself and Others 2, Homer Price, Greek Myths, IEW Poetry Memorisation, speech therapy, The Body Book, Artventure and picture books from SCB/SC1 etc.

        Thomas 17 months

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          #5
          Re: Keeping organized while moving

          Someone said my name, so I am obligated to respond .

          We are actually moving across the country in a few months, after we moved out of state four years ago. So I get it! It’s early(ish) here and I have four kids, two cats and a dog who are tapping their collective feet at me. I’ll try to be efficient.

          1) Take care of yourself. Now is not the time to devolve in to bad habits (skip the wine, processed foods, refined sugars and too much tv). You’ll feel much, much better if you do. Also, consider taking a good vitamin D supplement. This has made a world of difference for me this winter. I have a spray I take once a day (3000IU, one pump per day, peppermint flavored, highly absorbed — unlike pill-form, which never worked for me; find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Lux-3000-Oral.../dp/B00JNG8KBS ). I highly recommend Vitamin D if you are indoors a lot or live where it is inconvenient to get outside. Less sunlight = lower energy, more lethargy, more moodiness. Vitamin D is what we lack in this season. It helps! Get outside as much as you can on good-weather days and expose as much of your skin to the sun as you can during this time (er, rolled up sleeves and a v-neck; I am not suggesting a bikini). Also, keeping most sugars out of my diet and adding back in good natural fats (butter, olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, avocado) has made a big impact on my moods and anxiety.

          2) Ask for help. Period.

          3) Prioritize your tasks, work them in to your schedule and complete one at a time. There’s a lot of work ahead of you and it is daunting to look at the multitude of tasks and to just crumble. Keep to your regular schedule as much as possible (with movers, contractors, realtors and plumbers in and out of the house all day!) and also keep a “work” schedule during the day.
          I have my devotions in the morning, breakfast with the kids, a shortened school day, lunch/errands, work time, rest time, dinner, kids’ bed time routine, a bit more work (things I can’t get done with children underfoot) and then I turn in. This week my tasks are moving boxes to the attic; bringing unwanted things down from the attic (on the return trip); and refinishing the kitchen cabinets (6 down, 43 to go).

          4) School stays on a regular, but abbreviated, schedule. This just works. My kids stay even; I stay even; we make progress; I am happy we are at least getting basics done; the kids know what to expect; they aren’t watching TV (well, not ALL day).

          5) Storage for school books with an eye to portability. Go to WalMart or Target and get a rigid crate (remember the crates we used to use to make bookshelves when we were poor college students?) and keep your necessary books and Lesson Plans in it. You can keep it on a high shelf or under a cabinet when not in use and it fits perfectly in the passenger seat of your car for moving. Cut your load down to the basics (Reading, Writing/Fine Motor, Arithmetic) and pack your box accordingly. Put in it everything you absolutely cannot do school without for the next few months and store the rest.
          I also highly advise getting a sturdy, zippered pencil pouch for storing pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks and scissors. This keeps all those roly-poly things in one place and it’s easy to grab and get out of little hands if things get contentious. This one https://www.amazon.com/Advantus-Zipp.../dp/B004I2HYMS is practically bullet-proof. We have three!

          6) Keep your perspective. Remember when you’re in your ninth month of pregnancy and you whole-heartedly believe that “this baby is never, ever going to come!”? And you are totally convinced that “you’re going to be pregnant for the rest of your life!”? Reflect on that and apply it to this. You’re not going to be moving forever. You’re just moving now. This is temporary. This process won’t even take up a year of your time, likely not even the next six months! This is short term. So don’t camp out here (like Israel in the desert). This is not your home. You have a new home waiting for you. You just have some work to do to get there.

          Does that help?

          I’m with you, almost literally! Please come back and unload any frustrations you have. Happy to commiserate and comfort.



          ~Anita
          Last edited by Anita; 01-23-2018, 07:35 AM.
          Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
          Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
          Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
          Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

          “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
          ~Pope St John Paul II

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            #6
            Re: Keeping organized while moving

            I've been married 12 years and moved 5 times within that.

            Fancy duck tape. Seriously! One roll of patterned tape per room. Kitchen has sunflowers, girls bedroom had pink unicorns, boys room was camo, etc. Every box from that room got a strip of it's assigned fancy tape. No writing "Caleb's shoes" on boxes, just use the tape. So much faster.

            Then when you get to the new house, scotch tape a piece of paper with a piece of fancy duck tape on the door or kitchen cabinet etc. Movers, no matter what language they speak or read, can match the box tape to the tape on the door. "Ah, pink unicorn boxes go in the pink unicorn room." Voila!

            As for school supplies. Backpacks. Each kid has a pack with their books in it. I added the next several weeks of read-alouds to my littles bag and it worked. Doesn't really matter if they're heavy, they're not carrying them uphill both ways to school, right? If backpacks are too small, grab a rolling suitcase (this might be a great idea for all of your teaching books by themselves.
            Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

            DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
            DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
            DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

            We've completed:
            Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
            Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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              #7
              Re: Keeping organized while moving

              Originally posted by Colomama View Post
              I've been married 12 years and moved 5 times within that.

              Fancy duck tape. Seriously! One roll of patterned tape per room. Kitchen has sunflowers, girls bedroom had pink unicorns, boys room was camo, etc. Every box from that room got a strip of it's assigned fancy tape. No writing "Caleb's shoes" on boxes, just use the tape. So much faster.

              Then when you get to the new house, scotch tape a piece of paper with a piece of fancy duck tape on the door or kitchen cabinet etc. Movers, no matter what language they speak or read, can match the box tape to the tape on the door. "Ah, pink unicorn boxes go in the pink unicorn room." Voila!

              As for school supplies. Backpacks. Each kid has a pack with their books in it. I added the next several weeks of read-alouds to my littles bag and it worked. Doesn't really matter if they're heavy, they're not carrying them uphill both ways to school, right? If backpacks are too small, grab a rolling suitcase (this might be a great idea for all of your teaching books by themselves.
              Duck tape solves everything. I love this!
              Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
              Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
              Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
              Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

              “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
              ~Pope St John Paul II

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                #8
                Re: Keeping organized while moving

                Originally posted by sarahandrew View Post
                We are going to be moving soon as well, and doing Level C with my 5yo son. I had planned to drop my 1hr/day time-limited lessons (thanks for the idea Anita) with him -that I had set as I wasn't managing when pregnant - down to 15mins during new baby/trades being in house to prep it for rental/moving time, just to keep things plodding...but I haven't, we just stopped. It hasn't been good for him and I plan to start up again next week or the week after at latest. The routine will be beneficial I think.

                In terms of organising materials...I'm not a natural organiser...so I bet others have some better ideas, but depending on where you're at in Level C, you could pack away the books that you're not using yet. Most of my house is packed in boxes in our homeschooling room (I didnt want to be distracted from enjoying my new baby by packing boxes after he was born). I've got my daughters books waiting in a big plastic box, and my sons are still in his set of 10 plastic drawers that hold all his homeschooling materials. They'll get packed up last, but we're not moving nearly as far as you.

                Maybe when it comes to your actual moving day/s and traveling days you could just take something small to keep things going rather than doing everything. Anita's idea of time-limiting schoolwork has been really helpful for me, particularly in these times of lots of extras going on in our life...although I suspect I'll keep it up when things settle down.

                Hope it all goes well for you as you make your big move!

                Sarah
                Hi Sarah,

                Thank you for taking time to respond. It's encouraging to hear that I'm doing the right thing carrying on even though we're moving. Don't be too hard on yourself though. The year we had our twins, I really didn't worry about my special needs child as much. There was just too much going on. She did regress for a period of time, but then she caught up and surpassed. Her sisters have been amazing for her development. Trust the Lord through this time and enjoy your little one. Focus on building that bond between the two children!

                Blessings,
                togg_mama
                togg_mama // Deut 6:5-6

                April 2018: finishing our sixth year of homeschooling, starting first year using MP cores
                DD: SC C // DS MP 4NU // DD MP 1 // DD MP K

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                  #9
                  Re: Keeping organized while moving

                  Originally posted by sarahandrew View Post
                  We are going to be moving soon as well, and doing Level C with my 5yo son. I had planned to drop my 1hr/day time-limited lessons (thanks for the idea Anita) with him -that I had set as I wasn't managing when pregnant - down to 15mins during new baby/trades being in house to prep it for rental/moving time, just to keep things plodding...but I haven't, we just stopped. It hasn't been good for him and I plan to start up again next week or the week after at latest. The routine will be beneficial I think.

                  In terms of organising materials...I'm not a natural organiser...so I bet others have some better ideas, but depending on where you're at in Level C, you could pack away the books that you're not using yet. Most of my house is packed in boxes in our homeschooling room (I didnt want to be distracted from enjoying my new baby by packing boxes after he was born). I've got my daughters books waiting in a big plastic box, and my sons are still in his set of 10 plastic drawers that hold all his homeschooling materials. They'll get packed up last, but we're not moving nearly as far as you.

                  Maybe when it comes to your actual moving day/s and traveling days you could just take something small to keep things going rather than doing everything. Anita's idea of time-limiting schoolwork has been really helpful for me, particularly in these times of lots of extras going on in our life...although I suspect I'll keep it up when things settle down.

                  Hope it all goes well for you as you make your big move!

                  Sarah
                  Originally posted by makinmemories
                  Hi! I have used (and still use) a rolling cart which holds many books/supplies. I also have a cover over it that has all sorts of different sized pockets and file areas. It is handy to keep things like pens/pencils, construction paper, flash cards, etc. I love it because it holds everything I need, it easily goes in and out of the vehicle with us when we need it, it has a lid & cover so I can close it (although not child proofed), and it rolls. I also like that when I get to a point where I do not need it, it folds down and collapses easily for storage. Just an idea!

                  Rolling Cart Idea: https://www.amazon.com/Office-Depot-...K1HJWY88W43JGN

                  Rolling Cart and Cover Set: https://www.amazon.com/ECR4Kids-Memo...BT236JSMM19HCY
                  I like that idea! Thank you!
                  togg_mama // Deut 6:5-6

                  April 2018: finishing our sixth year of homeschooling, starting first year using MP cores
                  DD: SC C // DS MP 4NU // DD MP 1 // DD MP K

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                    #10
                    Re: Keeping organized while moving

                    Originally posted by Anita View Post
                    Someone said my name, so I am obligated to respond .

                    We are actually moving across the country in a few months, after we moved out of state four years ago. So I get it! It’s early(ish) here and I have four kids, two cats and a dog who are tapping their collective feet at me. I’ll try to be efficient.

                    1) Take care of yourself. Now is not the time to devolve in to bad habits (skip the wine, processed foods, refined sugars and too much tv). You’ll feel much, much better if you do. Also, consider taking a good vitamin D supplement. This has made a world of difference for me this winter. I have a spray I take once a day (3000IU, one pump per day, peppermint flavored, highly absorbed — unlike pill-form, which never worked for me; find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Lux-3000-Oral.../dp/B00JNG8KBS ). I highly recommend Vitamin D if you are indoors a lot or live where it is inconvenient to get outside. Less sunlight = lower energy, more lethargy, more moodiness. Vitamin D is what we lack in this season. It helps! Get outside as much as you can on good-weather days and expose as much of your skin to the sun as you can during this time (er, rolled up sleeves and a v-neck; I am not suggesting a bikini). Also, keeping most sugars out of my diet and adding back in good natural fats (butter, olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, avocado) has made a big impact on my moods and anxiety.

                    2) Ask for help. Period.

                    3) Prioritize your tasks, work them in to your schedule and complete one at a time. There’s a lot of work ahead of you and it is daunting to look at the multitude of tasks and to just crumble. Keep to your regular schedule as much as possible (with movers, contractors, realtors and plumbers in and out of the house all day!) and also keep a “work” schedule during the day.
                    I have my devotions in the morning, breakfast with the kids, a shortened school day, lunch/errands, work time, rest time, dinner, kids’ bed time routine, a bit more work (things I can’t get done with children underfoot) and then I turn in. This week my tasks are moving boxes to the attic; bringing unwanted things down from the attic (on the return trip); and refinishing the kitchen cabinets (6 down, 43 to go).

                    4) School stays on a regular, but abbreviated, schedule. This just works. My kids stay even; I stay even; we make progress; I am happy we are at least getting basics done; the kids know what to expect; they aren’t watching TV (well, not ALL day).

                    5) Storage for school books with an eye to portability. Go to WalMart or Target and get a rigid crate (remember the crates we used to use to make bookshelves when we were poor college students?) and keep your necessary books and Lesson Plans in it. You can keep it on a high shelf or under a cabinet when not in use and it fits perfectly in the passenger seat of your car for moving. Cut your load down to the basics (Reading, Writing/Fine Motor, Arithmetic) and pack your box accordingly. Put in it everything you absolutely cannot do school without for the next few months and store the rest.
                    I also highly advise getting a sturdy, zippered pencil pouch for storing pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks and scissors. This keeps all those roly-poly things in one place and it’s easy to grab and get out of little hands if things get contentious. This one https://www.amazon.com/Advantus-Zipp.../dp/B004I2HYMS is practically bullet-proof. We have three!

                    6) Keep your perspective. Remember when you’re in your ninth month of pregnancy and you whole-heartedly believe that “this baby is never, ever going to come!”? And you are totally convinced that “you’re going to be pregnant for the rest of your life!”? Reflect on that and apply it to this. You’re not going to be moving forever. You’re just moving now. This is temporary. This process won’t even take up a year of your time, likely not even the next six months! This is short term. So don’t camp out here (like Israel in the desert). This is not your home. You have a new home waiting for you. You just have some work to do to get there.

                    Does that help?

                    I’m with you, almost literally! Please come back and unload any frustrations you have. Happy to commiserate and comfort.



                    ~Anita
                    Anita, I could cry. Thank you for taking the time to write all of that. I think you've been a fly on my wall! I really appreciate your help.

                    We plan to put our house on the market in a few weeks. (Special needs child + keeping the house show ready... can I scream now?!) Movers will be here first week of April. It's very likely we'll be in a short term rental at first in our new state while our house here sells. Thank you for the reminder this is like the end of pregnancy! That doesn't last forever, praise the Lord!
                    togg_mama // Deut 6:5-6

                    April 2018: finishing our sixth year of homeschooling, starting first year using MP cores
                    DD: SC C // DS MP 4NU // DD MP 1 // DD MP K

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                      #11
                      Re: Keeping organized while moving

                      Originally posted by Colomama View Post
                      I've been married 12 years and moved 5 times within that.

                      Fancy duck tape. Seriously! One roll of patterned tape per room. Kitchen has sunflowers, girls bedroom had pink unicorns, boys room was camo, etc. Every box from that room got a strip of it's assigned fancy tape. No writing "Caleb's shoes" on boxes, just use the tape. So much faster.

                      Then when you get to the new house, scotch tape a piece of paper with a piece of fancy duck tape on the door or kitchen cabinet etc. Movers, no matter what language they speak or read, can match the box tape to the tape on the door. "Ah, pink unicorn boxes go in the pink unicorn room." Voila!

                      As for school supplies. Backpacks. Each kid has a pack with their books in it. I added the next several weeks of read-alouds to my littles bag and it worked. Doesn't really matter if they're heavy, they're not carrying them uphill both ways to school, right? If backpacks are too small, grab a rolling suitcase (this might be a great idea for all of your teaching books by themselves.

                      Great ideas! Thank you! My kids will be all over the duct tape idea!
                      togg_mama // Deut 6:5-6

                      April 2018: finishing our sixth year of homeschooling, starting first year using MP cores
                      DD: SC C // DS MP 4NU // DD MP 1 // DD MP K

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                        #12
                        Re: Keeping organized while moving

                        Thank you, everyone, for your responses. They were so timely and helpful. I'm sorry, but it seems my individual responses didn't post and I trust you are not offended. I really appreciate each of you providing input!

                        togg_mama
                        togg_mama // Deut 6:5-6

                        April 2018: finishing our sixth year of homeschooling, starting first year using MP cores
                        DD: SC C // DS MP 4NU // DD MP 1 // DD MP K

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                          #13
                          Re: Keeping organized while moving

                          Originally posted by togg_mama View Post
                          Thank you, everyone, for your responses. They were so timely and helpful. I'm sorry, but it seems my individual responses didn't post and I trust you are not offended. I really appreciate each of you providing input!

                          togg_mama
                          That was a glitch; they are visible now.

                          Sorry about that!
                          Michael
                          Memoria Press

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                            #14
                            Re: Keeping organized while moving

                            Originally posted by togg_mama View Post
                            Anita, I could cry. Thank you for taking the time to write all of that. I think you've been a fly on my wall! I really appreciate your help.

                            We plan to put our house on the market in a few weeks. (Special needs child + keeping the house show ready... can I scream now?!) Movers will be here first week of April. It's very likely we'll be in a short term rental at first in our new state while our house here sells. Thank you for the reminder this is like the end of pregnancy! That doesn't last forever, praise the Lord!
                            Welcome ❤️ Totally my pleasure.

                            We have four kids, three with special needs, and a toddler. Our house is targeted for listing in one month. My husband is in PA during the week; we are in VA. And we are moving to Colorado. So... yeah! I’ll be back here in a few weeks to cry, too. Just you wait!
                            Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                            Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                            Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                            Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                            “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                            ~Pope St John Paul II

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                              #15
                              Re: Keeping organized while moving

                              I've been living in denial, but we are moving in May and now I kind of wish it were sooner so I could start using patterned duct tape on everything. Our movers here will not speak English (let alone read it) and knowing I won't have to write Chinese characters on all my boxes makes me smile. Of course, the boxes will still probably end up stacked 10 high in the hallway or left in an elevator anyway, but hey, a girl can dream. At least the kids and I will enjoy the duct tape.

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