Detail Dust the Living Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Today let’s detail dust the living room. This is a little different from our Weekly Home Blessing dusting. We are going to move things around and detail dust. If you have blinds, dust them, too. If you have bookcases or curio cabinets, dust them, too. This is your chance to get detailed, but you only have 15 minutes. Don’t pull everything off at one time. Work you way around the room. If you run out of time, you can continue this on another day. Turn on some music and shake those feather dusters.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Zone Mission: Detail dust the living room

Weekly Home Blessings of the Day: Quick Dust and Vacuum

Menu Plan for Tuesday: Taco Tuesday and Salad

 

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: Talk about the two political parties we have in the United States.

 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

Declutter the Living Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Do you have people over to visit your home, or are you embarrassed at how your house looks? One area that we usually enjoy with visitors is our living room. Let’s work on making it clutter-free and company ready. It is also family ready then, too. Your family is your most loved of all the people you know, and they are worthy of your efforts to bless your home. If your living room is full of your family’s stuff, you can play a game and see who can put their things away the fastest. Use this week’s missions to spend 15 minutes day making your living room ready for your family and friends.

We are practicing our Before Bed Routine for September. If you do not have a solid before bed routine, use the list below to help you get started. I start mine right after dinner each night.

You can have a clean home and homeschool, too. Have a wonderful day!
Zone Missions: Living Room
Monday – Declutter the Flat Surfaces

Tuesday – Detail Dust the Living Room
Wednesday – Move Furniture and Sweep or Vacuum Under It

Thursday – Dust the Ceiling Fan

Friday – Put Out Some Fall Decor

Menu Plan for Monday – Grilled Hamburgers and Side Salad (buns for the boys, and lettuce bun for mom)

Weekly Home Blessing – Wash the Sheets

 

Daily 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: As we continue studying the election process, we have been spending time reading the Constitution and talking about the Amendments


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: Take a nature walk today.
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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My Race, My Pace

Your pace, your race

 

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When you start running, do not fret about your pace. No matter what your pace is, you are doing better than sitting on the couch in front of the TV. I found a wonderful support group online for Back of the Pack runners. This is a great group of people who encourage one another no matter what the pace. My goal in a race is to finish. My second goal is to run it faster than the last time I raced. Winning for me is about finishing the race. One time I finished a race dead last, and I still won first in my age group. As I have trained, I have increased my speed. I typically finish in the middle of the pack now. Since my running is for me, I am happy with my finish times.

 

Do not compare your pace with the pace of the runners who are faster than you are. You want to set goals and progress at your own rate. If you try to run faster than your body is ready for, you risk injury. It is not a bad thing to pick a runner who is faster than you are and try to keep them in your sights, but you need to only run at the pace you are comfortable with running. I am progressing in my pace and in my distance. I do run with faster runners sometimes, and I tell them not to worry about slowing down for me. I am comfortable running at my pace. If you have friends who run at your pace, meet up with them and run together. But to get to be a faster runner, you will need to push yourself at times. My basic way of telling if I am running to my fullest potential goes by my breathing. If I can talk and get out a few words, then I am at the upper end of my pace. If I cannot talk and just am able to grunt, I probably need to back off a bit. In using interval training, I will push to my upper limits for short amounts of time. Then I back way off and breathe. I do this by counting in my head or using the length of a song. There are also apps and features on watches to help you with interval training. The biggest thing that helped my pace increase was to run regularly and increase my speed slowly.

 

You can find your comfortable pace and your “just past” comfortable pace and train. You do not have to compare yourself to the other runners around you. If you in a race, tell yourself, “My race, my pace.” This is what makes you a winner!

 

(**Note** I wrote this a while back, and I planned on posting it earlier today. I ran my 8th half marathon today. It was a hard race, and I did not hit my initial goal. But I finished the race. That is winning! So this is a good day for me to revisit my thoughts on pacing. It is MY race and MY pace. Every day is different!)

 

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Go for a Treasure Hunt – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

It’s the end of the week. How did you do in making your bedroom your sanctuary? I hope you were able to do some of the missions if you could not do them all. We will be back in this zone again in a month, so you will have more opportunities to make your bedroom as peaceful as you can. Today, we are going to pretend we are on a treasure hunt and clean out under the bed. Pull out what’s under there, and if you can possible put that stuff somewhere else, please do. If you don’t keep anything under your bed, it will be easy to clean under it once a month. Get out your vacuum or sweeper and clean under the bed. Get all of those dust bunnies that have made colonies under your beds. You might find something you lost, but no matter what you find, I want you to reward yourself for doing this mission. I want you to have your favorite tea or coffee or chocolate and just enjoy sitting and relaxing for a few minutes.

Have a great week-end!
If you have any questions or tips, please email me. I enjoy hearing from my readers.
Zone Mission: Go for a treasure hunt under your bed and evict the dust bunnies.

Weekly Home Blessing: Take out the trash, Sweep, and Mop.

 
Menu Mission: Rotisserie Chicken and a salad.

 

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:

  • Round up this week’s paper. File what needs to be file. Purge what needs to go away. Check your lesson plans for next 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

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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Decluttering Folded Clothes in Your Dresser – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Yesterday we worked in our closets, so today, let’s spend 15 minutes decluttering folded clothes from your dresser drawers. I don’t give a specific number of folded clothes you can have, but rather, I go by how easily your dresser drawers open and close. If you can open and close your drawers easily after putting away all of your laundry, then you don’t have too much to go through. But if you have drawers that are bulging and overflowing, let’s work on thinning out how many folded clothes you have. Some areas that we have trouble letting go are our under clothes, socks, t-shirts, and shorts/pants. Use the timer and deal with one drawer at a time. Resist the urge to dump the drawer on your bed.Just start at the top of the drawer and pull out anything you can donate. (In the case of used underclothes, toss them in the trash if they are worn out, have extra holes, or stains, or don’t fit.) If you need to replace things, make a list. You should only keep clothes in your drawers that you will wear over the course of a year. That means, you will have some warm-weather folded clothes and some cooler-weather folded clothes (unless you live somewhere where the seasons do not change). If you only have time for one drawer, then come back another time and use the timer for an additional 15 minutes. If you do this monthly, you will eventually be able to do the whole dresser in one 15 minute time slot.

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Zone Mission – Spend 15 minutes decluttering your dresser drawers

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Declutter Paper, Magazines, or Newspapers for 10 minutes anywhere in the house.

 
Menu Plan for Thursday: Baked chicken and salad

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:

  • Do a fun hands on science experiment today.
 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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Thinning Out Your Closet – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

If you have followed my articles for very long, you know that I talk about decluttering clothes and shoes from your closet each month. Thinning out the amount of clothing you have will help you keep order in your closet, and it will make doing laundry easier. The way you do this is different than most ways that you have heard about. I want you to set your timer for just 15 minutes, and pull out things that you have not worn in the past 6 months. Decide if it is worth the valuable real estate in your closet to keep it. In most cases, you can let it go and give it away. There are very few things that you will go back and wear if you have not worn it in this season. Scan through your closet and pull out clothes that no longer fit. Put them in your Give Away box. Try to not handle things multiple times. You can do this! Set your timer and start tossing!

Enjoy your day!

Zone Mission: Declutter in your closet for 15 minutes.

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Windows and Mirrors (I use my FlyLady purple cloths for this and no chemicals.)

Menu Plan for Wednesday: Cheeseburger bake and salad
 
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: Don’t forget to do the fun stuff in your school day. Get out the crafts!

 

Errand Day: Do your errands and grocery shopping this afternoon.

 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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Declutter Flat Surfaces – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Today we are going to spend 15 minutes focusing on clearing off the flat surfaces in our bedrooms. This can be dressers, chests, cabinets, chairs, treadmills, or anything that you have used to pile things to put away. Try to only handle things one time. As you sort decide if you need to throw it away, give it away, or put it away. If you need to put it away, find a place for it before moving on to the next item. You can do this for a few minutes a day if you have a large pile. Once you get your flat surfaces cleared off, then purpose to maintain them. If you have children at home, ask them to do the same thing. Turn on some fun music and set your timer.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Zone Mission: Declutter the flat surfaces in your bedroom

Weekly Home Blessings of the Day: Quick Dust and Vacuum

Menu Plan for Tuesday: Taco Tuesday and Salad

 

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: Talk about how many electoral votes your state has.

 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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Your Bedroom is Your Sanctuary – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Your master bedroom is your place for peace and calm. It’s where you sleep. It shouldn’t be a storage place for laundry that needs to be folded. It shouldn’t be the catch all for stuff that needs a home. It should be happy, joyful, and restful. Let’s spend this week decluttering and detail cleaning, so our bedrooms are our sanctuaries. If you have children at home, give them daily missions for their bedrooms, too. If you get it detail cleaned this week it is very easy to maintain until next month when we come back through the zones. If you want to do a big closet project, please spread it out over several days. Don’t empty your closet in an attempt to organize it. Just work in a small section at a time each day for 5 to 15 minutes. A the season is changing, pull out any of your warm-weather clothes that you did not wear and put them in your donate bin. If you have clothes that don’t fit, pull them out as well. Don’t be a clothes hoarder.

We are practicing our Before Bed Routine for September. If you do not have a solid before bed routine, use the list below to help you get started. I start mine right after dinner each night.

You can have a clean home and homeschool, too. Have a wonderful day!
Zone Missions: Master Bedroom
Monday-Detail dust the Master Bedroom
Tuesday

-Declutter the Flat Surfaces (includes chairs and treadmills)
Wednesday-Declutter in Your Closet

Thursday-Declutter Folded Clothes

Friday-Detail Clean Under the Bed

Menu Plan for Monday – Grilled Hamburgers and Side Salad (buns for the boys, and lettuce bun for mom)

Weekly Home Blessing – Wash the Sheets

 

Daily 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: What are you reading as a family? Pick a book, if you don’t have one started. We are reading a biography about Abraham Lincoln.


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: Take a nature walk today.
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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Running Training to Reach Your Fullest Potential

How do you train to your fullest potential in running?

 

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A big key to training to your fullest potential is to only have two or three days per week where you are running at your maximum speed. The other training days should have slow, easy runs and slow, longer runs. If you run at your fastest speed every single time that you train, you will find that you are actually over-training and not giving your body time to recover. I am a firm believer in the long, slow run each week. When I run my longest run of the week, I have the mind-set that I am in it to just go as far as I have planned in my training plan. I am not trying to break any speed records. I want to give my body time to adjust to the new, longer distance. I also only add one to two miles per week to my long runs, and one week each month, I back off on my mileage. An example would be this for my long runs for a month: 10 miles, 12 miles, 14 miles, and 10 miles. Then the next month, I would pick back up with 15 miles, 17 miles, 19 miles, and 12 miles. This way, I am progressing in my mileage, but I am also giving my body time to adjust and recharge.

 

I train year-round in the outdoors. That means that I have hot, sweaty runs in the summer, and I have some pretty cold runs in the winter. This helps keep me at peak performance for running and racing outside any time of the year. Another way to help me train to my fullest potential is to change the running surfaces when I train. Sometimes a race may take you through more than one type of surface during the course of the race. I run on pavement, asphalt, gravel, dirt, and trails with lots of hills and roots. This gives me time to work on my pace and breathing while running on different surfaces.

 

Hill training also helps you run to your fullest potential. Hill training is not fun. Hill training is not easy. Hill training is slow. Hill training will make you a better runner. You will be stronger. You will be able to run faster. You will be able to run longer. What you have to figure out in hill training is how to hold your body properly, so that you do not get injured or strain yourself. You can watch videos online that will show you proper and improper form for running hills. Hill training has helped me run better and faster.

 

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Reverse Scavenger Hunt – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Happy Friday! What is a Reverse Scavenger Hunt? Well, it’s a game to help you put things away that have been left in the wrong place. Set your timer for 15 minutes. Go to a room in your house. Find one thing that needs to be put away and take it where it belongs. While you are in that area, find something else that needs to be put away and take it where it belongs. Keep doing this for 15 minutes. Not only will you get some things put away, you will get some steps in for your daily movement time. If you have kids at home, have them join in on this game. It is a lot of fun. You can turn on some music, too.

Have a great week-end!
If you have any questions or tips, please email me. I enjoy hearing from my readers.
Zone Mission: Reverse Scavenger Hunt. Let’s put things away.

Weekly Home Blessing: Take out the trash, Sweep, and Mop.

 
Menu Mission: Rotisserie Chicken and a salad.

 

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:

  • Round up this week’s paper. File what needs to be file. Purge what needs to go away. Check your lesson plans for next 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

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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