What’s under your bed? Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

 

What is under your bed? I keep very little under my bed. My flip flops that I wear to the bathroom are under my bed. There are two, small storage boxes under the bed. My husband has a pair of slippers under his side of the bed. That is it. Each month, I use my FlyLady Rubba Sweepa and pull out the dust bunnies and anything that we might have dropped under there. I have allergies, and it is helpful to keep our floor cleaned, and that goes for under the bed, too. It’s not a lot to do if I don’t use that space for storage. Our bedframe really doesn’t allow for much to go under it anyway. Today, I want you to pull out the stuff under your bed. You can email me with the funniest thing you find. Once you have everything out, sweep or vacuum and get rid of those dust bunnies. Have your kids do the same thing in their rooms. They probably have way more stuff under their beds than you have.

 

Have a great week-end!
If you have any questions or tips, please email me. I enjoy hearing from my readers.
Zone Mission: Clean out under your 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 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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The Great Shoe Purge – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

First thing I would like to do today is to wish my 3rd born a very Happy Birthday! He is a joy and delight to our family. He is 17 years old today, and we are very proud of the young man that he is. He works and does his school work for me every day. He saved his money and bought a truck, and he pays for his gas and insurance. He is a hard-working, responsible young man. He doesn’t like a lot of public attention, so I did not include a picture. But I want to say publicly that I love him.

Now, if you opened this email from just reading my subject line, thank you! I know this is a topic many ladies do not like to talk about. Most of us love shoes, and we have a shoe collection. I have some dress shoes, but my weakness is running shoes. I currently have 4 pair of running shoes in rotation. I have a mud pair, a pair that is just a little bit better than that, and I have 2 pair that do not have a lot of miles on them yet. I average 25 to 40 miles of running per week, so I go through running shoes quickly. I can get 300 to 500 miles per pair of shoes. When I get a new pair, I toss the oldest pair and move everything down the list. I do run on trails when it rains, so I keep 1 pair for that purpose. I try to not keep too many on hand at once, but I will buy a pair on sale on hold on to them until I need them. If I can’t fit my shoes in my storage area, then I have too many shoes. So that is my guideline.

Today, I want you to spend 15 minutes purging shoes from your home. Check with your children. They likely have shoes in their rooms or closets that do not fit. Kids’ feet grow quickly. With four boys at home, we go through shoes pretty fast. But they are pretty minimalist on how many pair they each have. They have a pair of Sunday dress shoes, a good pair of tennis shoes, a pair they can wear in the mud, boots, and flip flops. With girls, I know it gets more complicated if you match shoes to outfits.

Send me pictures of the shoes you get rid of!

Zone Mission – The great shoe purge


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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Clean Out Your Dresser Drawers – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
 

Today I want to make your decluttering mission fun! Get out your timer and get your basket to put items to donate. Set the timer for 15 minutes and see how many things you can pull out of your dresser and put in the basket to donate. If you have old socks with holes, toss those. If you have undergarments that no longer fit, toss them. If you are hanging onto maternity clothes or undergarments and are not pregnant, get rid of them. As moms, we tend to hang onto our clothes for much longer than we have a use for them. You should have properly fitting undergarments to wear under your clothes. If you have slips that have lost their elastic, get rid of them. I know slips are hard to find, but there are times when you need to wear one. You want to wear one that won’t fall off when you walk. Once you finish this project, take the items to be donated out to your vehicle. You can donate them when you go out to do errands today or later this week.
Zone Mission:
Declutter your dresser.

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.


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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Clean Out Your Closet – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Hello! How are you today? Have you finished your school year? We are finished for the year with our homeschool. During the next two months, they will read and do some math pages. This will also allow me some extra time to devote to decluttering in the garage and storage area. It’s harder to get into those areas during the school year because I am balancing school and our routines.

Today we are going to declutter in the closet in our bedroom. Set the timer for 15 minutes and pull out anything that does not fit, or that you do not like. Put it in the basket of stuff to give away. Ask your kids to do the same thing. This will help you thin down what you have and bless someone else.

Zone Mission: Declutter Your Closet

 

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

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Detail Clean the Bedroom – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Hello! How was your weekend? We had a lovely weekend celebrating the 75th anniversary of our church. This week we are going to detail clean in our bedrooms for 15 minutes each day. When you are working in your bedroom,  you can give similar activities to your children for them to do in their rooms. By working a little bit each month, you will be able to maintain your bedroom without spend hours on it once in a while. Declutter shoes and clothes. Get rid of things that are piled on your flat surfaces or on the chair in your room. Little steps done consistently will help you have peace in your home.

Zone Missions:  Master Bedroom (Kids’ Rooms)

Monday – Declutter Flat Surfaces & Dust
Tuesday – Declutter Closet
Wednesday – Declutter Dresser Drawers
Thursday – Declutter Shoes
Friday – Clean Under the Bed
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I will be speaking at the North Carolinians for Home Education in a few weeks.

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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Hot Spot Mission – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

 

Happy Friday! We all have a place or places in our homes that attract things to be put down. These are our Hot Spots. Each night, I deal with one of the hot spots in my kitchen. It’s my island in the kitchen where I do food prep. It’s a large, flat surface, and it attracts clutter like a flower attracts a bee. My evening routine has a 2-minute declutter mission each night to deal with the island. I am looking at it right now, and there are several things that I need to put away as soon as I finish this email. So I want you to figure out where you have a Hot Spot in your home. Each day I want you to spend 2 minutes dealing with it. Today, spend 15 minutes identifying the Hot Spots and deal with them 2 minutes at a time. By dealing with your Hot Spots daily, they won’t have time to get out of control. You want peace in your home, and this is one way to help you achieve that.

 

Have a great week-end!
If you have any questions or tips, please email me. I enjoy hearing from my readers.
Zone Mission: Deal with your hot spots on your flat surfaces

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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Fifteen Minute Room Rescue – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Your mission today is to do a 15-Minute Room Rescue. Set your timer for this. Pick a room in your house that needs a quick declutter session. Get out your FlyLady Declutter Kit, if you have one. If not, get three boxes and have one for give away, one for throw away, and one for put away. Turn on some music and have fun making the room look better. If you have homeschool materials stacked somewhere in the house, use this time to deal with it. As homeschoolers, we have a lot of papers and materials. It’s coming close to the end of the year, and it is time to sort it out. A lot of it is trash or can be recycled. Some of it can be passed on to someone else, and the smallest amount of it can be put away for another child. Don’t hold on to materials that your youngest child has used. It is easier to decutter school materials at the end of the school year rather than the beginning of the school year.

Zone Mission – 15-Minute Room Rescue


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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Quick Menu Planning – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
 

You will see an example of how I do easy menu planning. I have a FlyLady calendar with big blocks, and I bought some small sticky notes. I use my marker and write down 10 to 14 menu ideas. I can rotate these throughout the month. Once I cook a meal, I move the sticky note to a later date on the calendar. I have a list of menu ideas, so if I want to make some changes, I have a quick list to refer to.I also ask my family for ideas, too. If something happens, I can simply move the sticky note. No guilt! I plan my menus a week at a time, and then I make my grocery list by store, since I shop at 4 or 5 stores per week. I don’t coupon shop, but I do keep up with prices. My family helps with meal preparation and clean up, so by menu planning and shopping ahead, meal time is easy in the evenings. I use my slow cooker a lot, and I will be doing another batch of freezer cooking in the near future. This year it will be a gluten-free menu!
Zone Mission:
For your zone mission today, I want you to detail clean the shower and tub.

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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Declutter the Cabinet in the Main Bathroom – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Happy Tuesday! Let’s declutter the cabinet in the main bathroom. Set your timer and work for 15 minutes. If you have a lot of stuff in the cabinet, do not pull it all out. Just work with one thing at a time. Throw out anything that is trash or expired. Spend a little time each month doing this, so you will know what you have on hand and what needs to be replaced.

Zone Mission: Declutter the Main Bathroom Cabinet

 

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

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Detail Cleaning in the Main Bathroom – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Hello! Today we start in a new zone for the week. We are going to detail clean in our main bathrooms and one extra room in the house. This is your chance to work in one of the rooms of your home that you find it hard to get to each month. With doing a daily swish and swipe, you should not have a lot to do in your main bathroom, so take a look around your house and see where you else you need bless.

 

Zone Missions: 

Main Bathroom & 1 Extra Room
Monday – Clear off Counters & Wipe Down
Tuesday – Declutter Cabinet
Wednesday – Detail Clean Tub/Shower
Thursday – 15 Minute Room Rescue
Friday – 15 Minute Hot Spot Fire Drill
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I will be speaking at the North Carolinians for Home Education in a few weeks.

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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