Detail Dust the Living Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Today we are going to set the timer for 15 minutes and detail dust the living room. You can play beat the clock and do it in less than 15 minutes. I don’t want you to spend more than 15 minutes on this. If it takes longer than 15 minutes to detail dust your living room, you may still have too much clutter. I do a quick dust in my living room weekly, so the detail dusting does not take very long. I start up high and work my way down from ceiling to floor. I get the ceiling fan and baseboards when I detail dust. It generally takes less than 10 minutes each month to detail dust. Doing the detail cleaning in short, daily missions is designed to help you spend less time cleaning your house.

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
Menu Plan for Tuesday: It’s our youngest child’s birthday, so he picked fried chicken legs and macaroni and cheese. For the adults, we will have a lower carb meal with chicken breast and a 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: Work on your lesson plans..

 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 the Living Room – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

It’s the last week of July. Can you believe it? Most of us are looking at those final summer activities and getting ready to start our homeschooling back. I tend to start early in August, so I have flexibility throughout the year. Some years, I have started as late as Labor Day, so there is not right or wrong start date. You just need to pick one! That is your homeschool assignment today, if you have not done it. If you have done it, check the local back to school sales for any supplies you might need. Don’t impulse buy because they are cheap, but sincerely look to see if you need anything that is on sale. You should also check on your state’s tax free dates. Many states do that this time of year on school supplies, computers, and children’s clothing.
This week we are working in the Living Room. Let’s make it a pretty and inviting place for our family and friends.
Zone Missions for the week for the Living Room:
 
Monday – Declutter Flat Surfaces
Tuesday – Detail Dust
Wednesday – Move Furniture & Vacuum or Sweep
Thursday – Change décor around
Friday – Declutter anything else that does not belong in the living room

Menu Plan for Monday – Crock Pot Chicken (This will be a week of many crock pot meals.)

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: Pick your start date for school and check on school supply sales.


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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Clean Under the Beds – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Today’s mission is to clean under your bed. If you have been reading my posts very long, you have heard this before, but it bears repeating. Don’t store a lot of stuff under your bed. Sweep or vacuum under it monthly. This will keep the dust bunny colonies from forming and taking over under your bed. It will make the air in your bedroom better to breathe if you don’t have a lot of dust under your bed. I have a laminate floor in my bedroom, and it is so easy to keep clean. For years, we had carpet, and that caused my allergies and asthma to stay flared up. Set your timer and get busy! You can do this!

 

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 all the beds in your house. Assign each person to do his or her own bed.
 
Menu Mission: My menu plan for today is Rotisserie Chicken because it’s grocery shopping day. I will serve it with a salad and fresh veggies. 

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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:

  • Sort through your school materials from this year if you haven’t already done that. Record information that needs to be recorded. If you have a high school student, add information to the high school transcript.
 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 1 Drawer – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Today, your mission is pretty simple, and it should go fast. Just pick one of your drawers in your bedroom and declutter. If you do this each month, you will get all over your drawers decluttered over the course of a few months. Many times, I do a little decluttering in my drawers as I am putting away laundry. It just takes a few minutes. The goal I have for all of our clothes drawers is that they are easy to open and close, so we can put away the laundry quickly. The part of the laundry process that we put off the most is putting away laundry, and that is usually because we have too many clothes and no place to put them away easily. Have your children go through one of their drawers, too. Make this a quick game for all!

Zone Mission – Declutter 1 clothing drawer

 
Menu Plan for Thursday: 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:

  • Look at back to school sales for needed school supplies.
 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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What are you putting off? Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
What have you been putting off? The FlyLady has designated Wednesday as Anti-Procrastination Day. Set your timer and do that one thing that you have been putting off. You will feel a weight being lifted off your shoulders when you just dive in and do it. Since we are working in our bedrooms this week, take 15 minutes to declutter the stuff that has accumulated on the shelf or on the floor of your closet. Make it quick and painless. I enjoy using my closet so much more when there aren’t things falling on my head when I open it (or falling out from being piled on the floor). Each month I pull a few things from the shelf or floor and put it in the donate bin. This helps so much! I never pull every single thing out of my closet at once. I just systematically work my way through it. When I get something new, I donate at least one thing, but most of the time, I try to use the 1:2 ratio. If I bring in something new, I get rid of two things. This greatly reduces the amount of stuff in my house.

Zone Mission: Declutter the shelf or floor in your closet.

Menu Plan for Wednesday: Spaghetti and Salad for the Family (Low carb for me: Chicken)
 
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 your lesson plans and pick the start date of your school, if you have not done that already.

 

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
You are probably wondering why I am asking you to declutter the flat surfaces in your bedroom since I asked you to do that yesterday. Well, I know many of you have more clutter on your flat surfaces to deal with, and I also want you to count the bedroom floor as a flat surface. Today, I want you to deal with anything that is piled in your room on a flat surface, whether that be on furniture or on the floor. Work toward not using your bedroom as a the catch all place. Make places to put the things you want to keep. Give away the things you do not need any longer. You can make your bedroom a sanctuary and bless yourself with a peaceful bedroom.

Zone Mission: Declutter the flat surfaces in your bedroom. 

 

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
Menu Plan for Tuesday: Taco Tuesday with a side 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: Work on your lesson plans..

 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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Detailing the Master Bedroom – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Welcome to a new week! We are going to have our missions in the master bedroom this week, but if you have children at home, I want you to use these missions with them, too. My teenagers got a jump start on their rooms on Friday. We will just say they unpacked fro our trip in a very creative way. (sigh) But all is well now, and they are starting the week off on the right foot. Our bedrooms can be a catch-all for stuff that does not have a home. This week, I want you to find homes for that stuff or give it away. If you have a stack of magazines or books, you might need to purge some of them. If you have clothes in a pile, sort through them. Give away what does not fit. Be ruthless in decluttering your bedroom. You want this to be the most peaceful room in your home. Bless yourself this week with a clean bedroom!
Zone Missions for the week:
 
Monday – Declutter Flat Surfaces & Detail Dust
Tuesday – Declutter the Flat Surfaces (including the floor)
Wednesday – Declutter the Closet (floor or shelf)
Thursday – Declutter 1 Drawer
Friday – Vacuum or sweep under the bed
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: Stop by the library and pick up some books to read over the 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
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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Declutter for 15 minutes – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Do you enjoy your early morning quiet time? It is a time of the day that I treasure. One thing that helps me enjoy this time is by having my home clean and decluttered. I know you want this, too. If you spend just 15 minutes a day decluttering, you will bring peace to your home. By blessing your home with less clutter, you are blessing yourself and your family. Pick one area in your home today to declutter. Spend just 15 minutes doing this. Don’t start a big project. On Friday, we take off our trash, so I do a quick paper declutter on Fridays. I do my best to declutter paper as it comes into the house, but we all have paper that is already in our homes. For the rest of the month, really work at getting rid of as much paper clutter as you can. This will help you get ready for the start of the school year.

 

Have a great week-end!
If you have any questions or tips, please email me. I enjoy hearing from my readers.
Zone Mission: Declutter anywhere in the house for 15 minutes.
 
Menu Mission: My menu plan for today is Rotisserie Chicken because it’s grocery shopping day. I will serve it with a salad and fresh veggies. 

DOWNLOAD the PDF Calendar JULY 2016
 
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:

  • Sort through your school materials from this year if you haven’t already done that. Record information that needs to be recorded. If you have a high school student, add information to the high school transcript.
 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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Room Rescue – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

While you are sitting here reading this, I want you to think of one area in your home that is weighing you down. It could be clutter in a room. It could be your filing (or lack thereof). It could be your garage or basement. It might even be your school room. Whatever is weighing you down, I want you to spend 15 minutes making it better. Declutter. Throw things away.Give things away. Put things away. Do some filing. Don’t spend a lot of time thinking on this. Instead, spend the 15 minutes doing something about it. After you are done, tell me what you did. Enjoy your day!

Zone Mission – Declutter 1 area in your home.


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:

  • Start setting up your new files for the new 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

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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Linen Closet – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Most of us have a linen closet, and it is full of different things. In many cases, there are things in here that we have no idea are in there. Sometimes, we have sheets in there for bed sizes we no longer have in our homes. I learned a great tip from The FlyLady on bed linens. Have two sets of sheets per bed. One set is on the bed, and the other set can be folded and put between the mattress and box springs of the bed that it fits. When it is time to change the bed, you take off the first set and immediately put on the second set. You wash and fold the first set and fold it to put back between the mattress and box springs. This will immediately free up space in your linen closet. Spend 15 minutes today decluttering the linen closet. If you have sheets in there that you have not used in years, donate them. Bless someone else with them.

Zone Mission: Declutter the linen closet

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 your list and ideas for the new school year.

 

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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