Curriculum Clean Out Time: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Organizing for the New Year


Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! I’m Shanna, and if you’re new here, we’re a homeschooling family of four with an upcoming seventh grader and a third grader. This marks our eighth year of homeschooling, and it’s that time again—Curriculum Clean Out Time!

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Curriculum Clean Out Time


Why I Am Behind This Year

I love this time of year—out with the old and in with the new! I pull out my big box from the attic, clear away the old materials, and bring in the new ones. It’s a time to reset, reorganize, and get everything ready for the upcoming school year. However, this year, I’m so far behind! I had a box sitting on the floor for over a month, which is way past due for me.

Between a leak over Memorial Day, and dealing with fans, blowers, and contractors, it’s been wild. Despite these first-world problems, I’m excited to finally get this done and share my process with you.


Stuff To Pass Along

I have items that I intend to send to new homes, and I usually share these over on Instagram. One person requested a lot of stuff, which makes my life easier since she gave me a list of what she wanted. Most of everything I’m getting rid of is already spoken for, but if there’s anything else, I always share it because I love when things can find a new home and benefit someone else.


Curriculum Clean Out Time


Step 1: Pull It Out

The first step in my curriculum cleanout process is pulling everything out. I empty the storage cabinet, the upstairs storage, the girls’ individual cabinets, and my mom-and-me Monday cart. From there, I sort everything into categories: what to keep, what to store, and what to sell or get rid of. I also like to wipe everything down during this process, as it’s the only time things get a thorough cleaning.


Step 2: Put In The Fun

After sorting, I start by putting the fun stuff back into the cabinets. This includes books, games, arts and crafts supplies—anything that makes learning enjoyable. Summer is all about fun and engaging learning activities, so I prioritize these items to make them easily accessible for my kids.


Step 3: New Sorted & Stored

Finally, I sort and store the new materials for the next school year. This helps me get a handle on what we have, what needs to be cycled out, and what can be stored for future use. It also helps me plan out the upcoming year and get my kids excited about their new curriculum. Each child gets a dedicated shelf in the storage cabinet, and I start organizing everything by subject and grade level.


Curriculum Clean Out Time



Thanks for joining me in cleaning out and getting ready for our summer curriculum season! I hope you found this helpful, entertaining, or informative.

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I’d love to hear from you—what do you do for your summer curriculum cleanout? Do you store everything away, or do you keep some materials accessible for summer learning? Let me know in the comments below. Happy organizing, and see you next time!

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