Declutter Your Dining Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Today we are moving to the Dining Room. Set your timer for 15 minutes and declutter and detail clean as much as you can before the timer goes off. If you use your dining room for school or other projects, work on having a place to store that stuff. I keep our school books in a cabinet with doors that is beside of our table. This gives easy access, and it gives us a place to keep the books out of sight when we are not using them. Put some flowers on your dining table (silk or real flowers) and make it pretty. We will spend 15 minutes in the Dining Room on Friday as well, so don’t worry if you can’t get it finished in one day. If it needs a lot of decluttering, put it on your list this summer to work on while you are not doing school with your children.

Zone Mission – Declutter and detail clean in your dining room


Routines:
Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

School:

  • Look at your bookshelves. Do you need to do some reorganizing or purging?
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Detail Clean and Declutter The Entryway – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
 

Today I want you to walk out of your main entryway and close the door. Then I want you to walk back in and pretend you have never been inside before. Look at it like a real estate agent would look at it. What do you need to declutter or detail clean in your main entryway? Set your timer for 15 minutes and work in this area.
Zone Mission: Declutter and detail clean your main entryway.

Grocery Shopping and Errand Day – Take your list, pack snacks, and water bottles.

Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

School: What do you need to do to finish the school year? Paperwork? Testing? Pick an End Date? Spend 15 minutes working on things to end your school year in an organized manner. I am working on setting up a field day with my local homeschool group.


Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • Errand day: Make your plan for grocery shopping and errands. Pack water bottles and snacks for everyone. Pack up your library books that need to be turned in.
Family Fun: Plan a fun activity while you are out. I am in the habit of checking for free activities that are going on while we are out doing errands.
When you get home from doing errands, have everyone work together to unload and put away everything.

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Plant Some Flowers – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Hello! How is your Spring? Have you planted any flowers? Since we are working on the entrance to our homes this week, let’s plant some flowers outside to make our home look inviting from the outside. This is a fun activity for the children to participate in. They can pick out flowers for you for Mother’s Day, and they can help plant them. My husband already did this for me this year. It was a sweet surprise for me.

Zone Mission: Plant some flowers.

 

If you need more help with organizing your home and homeschool, you can download  The FlyLady’s Homeschool Teacher and Homeschool Student Control Journals for free.

Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment
Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
  • Clean out your refrigerator. Toss the science experiments.

School: Work on wrapping up your school year. Go through your books and make a list of what you need for next school year.

 Afternoon Routine: 
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • Write up a menu plan for the next 7 days. Check your pantry and freezer and make a grocery list. This habit will save you time and money. Try out some new recipes with the slow cooker. It will save you time once you start back to your school schedule.
Family Fun: Take your children for a walk.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

New Month and a New Zone – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Hello! Welcome to a new month and a new zone of the week! It’s May, and for most of us, the weather has warmed up. As we work on our Zone of the Week, let’s think about planting some flowers in our flower beds. I came home from a homeschool conference last night, and my husband had kept the house clean and planted flowers for me. Happy early Mother’s Day! It was a nice surprise. You can take your children to a local gardening store or nursery and let them pick out some flowers to plant for you for Mother’s Day. What better way to make the front of your home than to plant a few spring flowers.
May also means it’s time to think about ending your children’s school year. All of you need a break from the academics, so pick your ending date and start wrapping up your studies for the year. We always start early in August, so we can have an earlier end to the school year. Don’t forget to finish your end of year paper and sort through your books before you add more new books to your collection.

Zone Missions: Entryway
 
Monday – Declutter & Sweep Front Porch
Tuesday – Plant some flowers along the front of your house
Wednesday – Declutter & Dust Entryway of your Home
Thursday – Declutter in your Dining Room
Friday – Detail Clean Your Dining Room Furniture
 
Later this month, I will be in Sandusky, OH, and in June, I will be speaking at the North Carolinians for Home Education Conference in Winston-Salem, NC.
 

Read HERE about the events I will be attending this Spring.

 

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Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
Weekly Home Blessing Hour:
Spread these out over the course of the week. Put a note on each day of the week with one or two of these per day.

7 Parts of the Weekly Home Blessing Hour from The FlyLady:

  • Quick Dust
  • Sweep/Mop
  • Purge Magazines or Paper Clutter
  • Change Bedding
  • Empty Trash
  • Clean Windows/Mirrors
  • Vacuum
 School:
  • Plan one fun activity for this week.
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
Family Fun: Have some outdoor time with your children today. Play. Do some nature journaling. The point is to add some movement to your day.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Lay anything out that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

Decorate the Living Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

 

Happy Friday! It’s the last day in Zone 5 – The Living Room. Let’s work on the decorations in the Living Room today. You can easily change the look of your living room by switching out your throw pillows or by putting new covers on your current throw pillows. You can also “lighten” the feel of the room by putting away the heavy, winter throw blanket and replacing it with a lighter spring throw. Look at the flowers and pictures you have on display in the living room. Can you switch anything else around to make a change in the room?

 

Have a great week-end!
If you have any questions or tips, please email me. I enjoy hearing from my readers.
Zone Mission: Decorate in the living room – change the throw pillows and blanket. 
 
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This is my second day at the Teach Them Diligently Conference in Atlanta. If you are in the area, join us!

Routines:

 

Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

School:

  • Schedule a field trip or end of school year picnic.
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Go Sofa Diving – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Today’s mission is a favorite of one of my sons. Today, we are going sofa diving. It’s time to clean out the sofa. Take off the cushions. Pull out the stuff that has fallen between the cushions, and once you have the big stuff out, use the vacuum cleaner to detail clean. Whoever does the sofa diving in my house gets to keep any money that is found. This is a fun incentive.

Zone Mission – Go sofa diving

Today is the first day of the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conference in Atlanta, GA. It is a joy to be at the conference for the next three days. I will be speaking, and I will be at The FlyLady’s booth to talk to homeschoolers. If you are in the area, come on out. 

 
Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

School:

  • Look at your bookshelves. Do you need to do some reorganizing or purging?
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Vacuum Under the Living Room Furniture – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
 

Today we are going to move the living room furniture around and vacuum (or sweep) under it. Get someone to help you with this project. I appeal to my strong sons to help me move furniture. I do not want to hurt myself. Do not do this mission alone. While you are moving furniture around to clean, see if you can come up with a new way to arrange the furniture. Sometimes we just get stuck in a rut, and we need to shake things up a little bit!
Zone Mission: Detail clean under your living room furniture.

Grocery Shopping and Errand Day – Take your list, pack snacks, and water bottles.

Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

School: Are you doing a read aloud book for the whole family? If not, pick one out and read at lunch time or in the evening. It will bring a new dimension to your school day.


Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • Errand day: Make your plan for grocery shopping and errands. Pack water bottles and snacks for everyone. Pack up your library books that need to be turned in.
Family Fun: Plan a fun activity while you are out. I am in the habit of checking for free activities that are going on while we are out doing errands.
When you get home from doing errands, have everyone work together to unload and put away everything.

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Detail Dust the Living Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Today let’s detail dust from the ceiling down to the baseboards. If you are doing your weekly quick dusting, you should not have a lot of areas that need detail cleaning. This should take you 15 minutes or less. Use a long-handled duster to help you get up high and behind the furniture. Be sure to shake out your feather duster when you are finished. If you only spend a few minutes doing this, then spend a few more minutes making the living room pretty.

Zone Mission: Detail dust the living room.

 

If you need more help with organizing your home and homeschool, you can download  The FlyLady’s Homeschool Teacher and Homeschool Student Control Journals for free.

Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment
Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
  • Clean out your refrigerator. Toss the science experiments.

School: How’s the weather where you are? Add some weather tracking to your school day for the rest of the month. Track high temperature and low temperature. Track precipitation. Track the sunrise and sunset.

 Afternoon Routine: 
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • Write up a menu plan for the next 7 days. Check your pantry and freezer and make a grocery list. This habit will save you time and money. Try out some new recipes with the slow cooker. It will save you time once you start back to your school schedule.
Family Fun: Take your children for a walk.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Detail Clean the Living Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Hello! Welcome to a new week! We are going to spend some time decluttering and detail cleaning the Living Room this week. Last month, we only had one day in the Living Room, so let’s hit those areas we missed last month. Just take it one day at a time and one mission at a time. Make it fun when you do your missions. Turn on some fun music and make it a game. Encourage your children to help you and have fun with the missions.

Zone Missions: Living Room 
 
Monday – Declutter & Detail Dust Flat Surfaces
Tuesday – Detail Dust from Ceiling Down to the Baseboards
Wednesday – Vacuum Under Furniture
Thursday – Go Sofa Diving
Friday – Switch Out Throw Pillows and Blankets for Spring
 
I will be in Atlanta, GA, this week. Later, I will be in Sandusky, OH, and Winston-Salem, NC. 
 

Read HERE about the events I will be attending this Spring.

 

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Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
Weekly Home Blessing Hour:
Spread these out over the course of the week. Put a note on each day of the week with one or two of these per day.

7 Parts of the Weekly Home Blessing Hour from The FlyLady:

  • Quick Dust
  • Sweep/Mop
  • Purge Magazines or Paper Clutter
  • Change Bedding
  • Empty Trash
  • Clean Windows/Mirrors
  • Vacuum
 School:
  • Plan one fun activity for this week.
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
Family Fun: Have some outdoor time with your children today. Play. Do some nature journaling. The point is to add some movement to your day.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Lay anything out that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Clean Under Your Bed – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

 

This is our last day in Zone 4. I hope you have enjoyed making your bedroom a place of peace and rest this week. Today we are going to clean under the bed. We do this every month, so hopefully, this is an easy task for you. If not, work at it each month, and it will get easier as you keep clutter out from under your bed. Ask your children to clean out under their beds, too. Kids have all kinds of things that end up under their beds, so make sure they have a trash can handy.

 

Have a great week-end!
If you have any questions or tips, please email me. I enjoy hearing from my readers.
Zone Mission: Clean under the bed.

Routines:

 

Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

School:

  • Schedule a field trip for this winter. If you can’t think of one, do some research. See what’s going on close to you.
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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