Stash and Dash in the Dining Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

You probably didn’t think I would have one more mission in the dining room, but I know many of you like to keep your stash and dash in the dining room. Today we are going to spend 15 minutes dealing with the stuff we have been storing in the dining room. Decide if it is something you want to keep, and then find a place for it. If it needs to be donated, go put it in your car as soon as your 15 minutes are up. If you have boxes, bags, or piles, tackle them now. Take one last look at your dining room and see if there is anything else you need to do it. We did not detail clean the floor in the dining room this week, so make sure you get it when you do your Weekly Home Blessing. Have a wonderful weekend!If you have any questions or tips, please email me. I enjoy hearing from my readers.

Zone Mission: Zone 1 – The Dining Room – clear out any clutter from your stash and dash in the dining roomRoutines:

 

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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Declutter the China Cabinet – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

How’s your dining room looking? Today, we are going to tackle the china cabinet or hutch. Many times this becomes a place to stash things. It is also not detail dusted often because there is often a lot of little stuff. Let’s start at the top of the china cabinet and work out way down. Spend 5 to 15 minutes per shelf or drawer. This might take more than one or two sessions, so break it down. I want you to be happy with the results without burning out from doing a long project. If you have stuff in the cabinet or drawers that you are not using and have not used for years, find a new home for it. Bless someone else with your abundance.

Zone Mission – Detail clean your china cabinet or hutch 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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Declutter and Decorate the Dining Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
How are you doing with your Zone Missions this week? Even if you have not done them all, you can start today with this one. Today, let’s declutter the Dining Room Table. Most of us do not use the dining table on a daily basis, and it tends to collect clutter. So we are doing to tackle the clutter on top of the Dining Room Table and then put on a nice table cloth. If you have a centerpiece, put it out, too. If not, just put a candle on the table. Make it pretty, so you think twice about putting clutter on the table again. If you have china that you like to see, then set your table with it. It doesn’t have to stay put away or in the china cabinet. Get it out and enjoy it. When you see your Dining Room Table, I want you to smile and enjoy it. If you do not have a formal dining room and dining table, then set your kitchen table with a tablecloth and put out your pretty dishes and use them for dinner tonight.

Zone Mission: Dining Room – Declutter and Decorate the Dining Table (or Kitchen Table)

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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Declutter and Decorate Your Entryway – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Walk outside of your house. Now walk in the main entryway into your home. Stop and look. What do you see? Is it cluttered or welcoming? Spend 15 minutes decluttering and making your main entryway look peaceful and inviting. Tuesday is also our plan and play day each week. Spend some time today planning you menu, planning for school, planning field trips, etc. I have been busy with wedding plans for our daughter’s wedding later this month, so I have a daily planning session, and I have a daily mission for the wedding details. I am getting there one step at a time. If you haven’t done anything fun with your kids this week, plan something fun and do it!

Zone Mission: Declutter and decorate your entryway into your home.

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. If it snows where you live, do some science experiments with snow. Make learning fun!

 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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Decorating and Decluttering – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
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Welcome to a new month! We will start over on our zones this week, and we are back in Zone 1. It’s winter, and we should have all of our Christmas stuff put away. So while we are working in Zone 1 this week, let’s freshen up our decorations and declutter. The goal of decluttering is to bring peace to our homes, and by decorating, we are making it pretty, too.
Here are your Zone Missions for the week for 

Zone 1 – The Front Porch, Entryway, and Dining Room
Monday – Sweep Front Porch & Declutter
Tuesday – Declutter Entryway and Decorate
Wednesday – Declutter Dining Table, put out a new tablecloth, and freshen up your centerpiece
Thursday – Declutter Your China Cabinet or Hutch
Friday – Declutter any Stash and Dash that is in your Dining Room

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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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Decorate Friday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

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How has your week in the Living Room been going? If you completed all of your missions, I want you to do something decorative in the living room. Even if you haven’t completed all of your missions, do something decorative. This is the time of year when we don’t do a lot of holiday decorating, and adding a little splash of color in the living room can brighten things up. Take a look around you and think about things you might want to change in your living room and make a plan. You might want to freshen up the paint or change the flooring. You might want to change the type of light bulbs that you have and change the lighting in the living room. You might want to change out your curtains. You might want to change pictures or artwork. Have fun with this!

If you have any questions or tips, please email me. I enjoy hearing from my readers.

Zone Mission: Zone 5 – The Living Room – Decorate

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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Move it Around Thursday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

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We’ve been working in the Living Room this week (or your Family Room or Den). Today, let’s move the furniture around and detail clean underneath the furniture. Maybe it’s time to try a new room arrangement. Please be care and enlist help with this project. Bonus points to anyone who finds a stray Christmas decoration under a piece of furniture. My grandmother used to love to move her furniture around. She did this regularly, and we have some funny stories from her doing this. When my grandfather was in the military, she would move furniture while he was gone for the day. If he came in after dark, he learned to turn on a light because the furniture often was not where it was when he left that morning. The best story was when they were in military apartments and a larger apartment came open during the day. My grandmother got permission for the move, and she executed a move during the day with 2 small children. When my grandfather came off his shift, a whole new family was living in the apartment he left that morning. Fortunately, he had a good sense of humor about that!

Zone Mission – Move the living room furniture and detail clean.

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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Let’s Go on a Treasure Hunt

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
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Once a month, we go looking for buried treasure. Do you ever go looking for lost treasure in your house? Today, I want you to pull the cushions off the sofa and see what has fallen down there. You will likely find trash and other assorted items. Many times we have found loose change down in the sofa. As a mom to many boys, I have found Legos, small cars and trucks, socks, washcloths, and spoons. Most of the time one of my sons will do this project for me. I let him keep the money that he finds. But I do check with him to see what else he finds. He will clean it out and vacuum it for me. He calls it looking for buried treasure. What are you waiting for? Go sofa diving and see what you uncover.

Zone Mission: Living Room – Go sofa diving

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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Tackle the Flat Surfaces – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

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Today we are going to tackle the flat surfaces in our living rooms or family rooms. Clear off one flat surface at a time. Dust it well and out the items back with care. Only put back what you enjoy seeing. Get rid of the clutter. The flat surfaces in our homes seem to catch things. Let’s take charge of that and get rid of the clutter that is weighing us down. Use a timer and work for 15 minutes on your flat surfaces in your living room. If you don’t get them all done today, you can do this again later in the week. I want you to keep in mind that these zone missions are meant to go quickly. Just keep sticking with it. It will get easier over time.

Zone Mission: Detail dust the flat surfaces in your living room or family 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. If it snows where you live, do some science experiments with snow. Make learning fun!

 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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Last Zone of the Month – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
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Are you cleaning your Zones along with me? How is your house looking? The goal of the daily Zone Mission is to help you detail clean your home in small steps. This keeps you from getting burned out, and it is also structured so you are not spending hours and hours cleaning. It is meant to be short and sweet. Each Mission should take 5 to 15 minutes. If you have to clean and declutter a space before you do a Zone Mission, you need to focus a week on decluttering. If people are not picking up behind themselves in your home, then you are spending valuable time picking up instead of doing your Zone Missions. Keep an eye on things this week and stay on top of everyone in the home picking up behind themselves. It’s a simple concept that will bear much fruit in the overall look of your home.
Here are your Zone Missions for the week for Zone 5 – Living Room:

Monday – Start high and dust near the ceiling and fan
Tuesday – Clear flat surfaces & detail dust
Wednesday – Go sofa diving
Thursday – Move furniture & clean underneath
Friday – Do some decorating in your Living Room

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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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