Homeschool Retirement: Getting Rid of Paper

With the swelling down enough that I can wear glasses for a bit at a time, I thought I’d share these office-in-process photos from a few weeks ago. The office itself is almost complete, just a few touches left that need a little attention.

Before I could turn my son’s room into an office, however, he and I had to wade through the memories.

My children kept threatening to make me watch Toy Story 3 again, but so far I have been able to stay off the threats and deal with the memories of two decades of home education in my own way. Piece by piece. In this case, of paper.


Some of the papers were easy to get rid of, but others? Oh my! The memories they brought back. [giggle, sniffle, sigh, giggle again]

And the fears they taunted me with: What if they question your homeschooling down the road? Don’t you want to be able to show them Algebra 2 scores or history tests?

My answer: I will show them – whoever would be so bored to question my children’s education down the road – two associates’ degrees and one bachelor’s degree.  I think that will suffice.


All the rest is history. And math. And science. And fun. And games.

And creativity. And … adventures.

And … life lessons together.  And …

Oh dear, I must not get these stitches salt watery today, so I leave you with this homeschool retirement tip before the tears start to fall:

Keep everything that you need to keep until you have something else showing progress beyond that point.

If you need to for your emotional state (hey, it counts!), take pictures and toss the papers to the figurative wind (wind meaning trash heap or fire pit).

Or be thrifty, and create massive piles of scratch paper.

We did a little of everything.  Smile


To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, And a time to die;
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A time to keep papers, and a time to throw those puppies away and make room for the new season!

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  1. I saved a few samples of my kids’ work that I thought would be significant and indicative of what we did, and also that they might like to see in the future. Most of all, I kept picture albums of all the educational field trips we did together, and those alone surpass what they would have done in conventional school. My kids are all in their 30s now! A few years ago I gave each of them a box of childhood memorabilia, including the homeschool papers.

    • Oh that’s a beautiful idea! I’ve been thinking about the day when I go through our photos and put together memory books/boxes for them. How special to include the memorable homeschool papers!

      Now I know how to present them in a special way. Thank you so much for sharing!

      What did you most enjoy about homeschooling, looking back now that your children are older, Lois?

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