Make it Happen Monday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Make It Happen Monday
How are you doing with your routines on a daily basis? Are you doing the Weekly Home Blessing Hour in 70 minutes or less each week? If you are having difficulties establishing your routines, I want to encourage you to take small steps and move forward. If doing the Weekly Home Blessing Hour is too much to do on one day, split it up over the week. Whatever is holding you back, find a way to make getting organized happen in your home. It is much easier for me to care for my home because I have decluttered with the boys on a regular basis. We have less cleaning and maintenance because we have less stuff. It’s very freeing to declutter. Last week my husband bought our first new-to-us bed. While setting it up, one of our sons moved our old bed to his room, and his brother moved that bed to HIS room. So we essentially set up three beds in three bedrooms simultaneously. This would have been a much harder process if we had a lot of clutter in our rooms and under our beds. While we did some minor decluttering, the main thing we did was sweep and mop where the beds were located before setting up the new beds. I had extra clean sheets on hand, so we all had fresh sheets that night, too. Decluttering and cleaning in small steps works. You can Make It Happen!

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.
Weekly Home Blessing Hour:
(Even during the school year, I do the Weekly Home Blessing Hour on Monday mornings with my children.)

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:
  • If you haven’t started school, do you have your plans and schedule ready? We are on week 5 of our new school year. Things are settling in for us. We are starting a new unit study on learning about the countries around the world.
 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
  • Zone Focus: Living Room – When you are doing your Weekly Home Blessing Hour today, take a few extra minutes to dust all of the light fixtures and baseboards in the living room.
Family Fun: Plan a water activity.
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

Siggie - Tami Fox

Throw It Out Friday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized this Summer:
In your home and homeschool

Today, let’s throw out a little more stuff that we have collected. Since we are working in the Master Bedroom, I want you to declutter at least 2 pair of shoes. If you have a large shoe collection, you might want to get rid of more than 2 pair. My biggest area of shoes is my running shoe collection. I try to keep it tamed down, but I am going to declutter 2 pair of running shoes and one other pair of shoes. The whole goal with decluttering is to have less stuff to keep up with and keep organized. That will help with time management because you aren’t trying to organize all of your stuff. You will just have less stuff and more time for other things besides cleaning.

 

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:

  • Play with your kids. Enjoy the end of summer.

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
  • Zone Focus: Master Bedroom – declutter at least 2 pair of your shoes. Have your children do the same.

Family Fun: Have a water balloon fight or water wars with your children 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 your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

Siggie - Tami Fox

Taking Care of Yourself Thursday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized this Summer:
In your home and homeschool

Are you taking time each day to take care of yourself? Are you eating healthy foods, getting enough rest, and exercising? If you say you don’t have time, re-think that. You need to make your health a priority, so you can take care of your family. I put myself on the back-burner during some very stressful times, and now I have health issues that I deal with every day. I am better than I was, but I make sure I take care of my health every day. It took some time to figure out where to fit exercise into my day. I run every day early in the morning before our school day starts. I have also exercised in the evening. If it’s a particularly busy day, I had walked in the afternoon with the boys while they rode their bikes. The point is that I make time each day to exercise for at least 15 minutes. I do a weekly menu plan, and that helps me eat healthier. The boys have learned to cook, and that has helped them try new foods and eat healthier, too. If we are eating healthy foods, we are healthier and go to the doctor less often. Many moms use the time at night after the children are in bed for “me” time. You need a good 8 hours’ of sleep each night, and it is important that you schedule time for rest, too. You can’t burn the candle at both ends and not pay for it with your health.

What can you do today to take care of yourself?

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.

School:

  • Do something fun and engaging with your children. They will remember it.

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
  • Zone Focus: Master bedroom -Today, I want you to check under your bed and clean out under there. I will be doing this with a little more detail than you will be doing it because my husband bought us a new bed today. It will be delivered tomorrow. I typically do not keep many things under our bed. The main thing will be tearing down the bed and sweeping and mopping under it. I will likely go ahead and wash our bedding, too. So we will have fresh sheets on our new bed tomorrow night.

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

Siggie - Tami Fox

Peaceful Morning Wednesday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized this Summer:

In your home and homeschool

A peaceful morning begins the night before. Many of us have had crazy, loud, chaotic mornings. I can say that I have had my fair share of them, but I don’t have them very often now. The biggest difference for me has been to have an evening routine established. This routine helps me get ready for the morning physically and mentally. I check the calendar to see what we have to do the next day. I shine my sink, so I get up to a clean, empty sink. I clear off hot spots in the kitchen. I set up the coffee pot. I lay out anything I might need first thing the next morning. I have my clothes and shoes laid out. If this sounds like a lot, it really isn’t that much once you get used to doing it every night. I don’t think about it too much now because it is just a routine that I have established. When I do these things, my morning starts off so much better. I don’t feel behind from the moment I get up. If I have children who get me up in the middle of the night because they are sick, we are not tripping over stuff that is laying around the house. There are may variables that can happen in our lives, and you can have more peace by establishing a good evening routine for yourself. You can work with your children on establishing an evening habit, too, but you need to get control of your habits first. Change for your family will start with changes in you.

 

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:

  • We are adding back subjects to our school schedule each week. How are you doing? Don’t overdo it the first few weeks. Enjoy homeschooling. Don’t let it stress you out.

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
  • Zone Focus: Master Bedroom – Declutter 7 items from your closet and donate them while you are out today. Have your children donate 7 things from their rooms, too.
  • 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 your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

Siggie - Tami Fox

Transform Tuesday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized this Summer:
In your home and homeschool

What do you need to transform in your life? Do you need to transform your home from CHAOS to organized? Do you need to transform your mood from pessimistic to optimistic? Do you need to transform your homeschool from doing lots of paperwork and busy work to hands-on learning to ignite a fire for learning in your children? Think about. Do some journaling. Make some goals. Transform your life for the better.

The boys and I are adding back some more subjects this week and next week. We are going to do a country study this year and eat our way around the world. Along the way, we will read books and study each country. I will do some blogging as we work our way around the world this year. School can be fun, and I enjoy learning with my children.

 

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:

  • Check the loss leaders at your local office supply stores. Many of them have cheap school supplies this week. I saw several items for 1 cent. Just go in and get the sale stuff. Don’t get caught up going down all the aisles.

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.
  • Zone Focus: Master Bedroom – Let’s clear off the top of the dresser today. Move things around and make it pretty. Ask your children to clear off a flat surface in their rooms, too. Set the timer.

Family Fun: If the weather is not too hot, go for a walk with your children.

 

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.)
  • Decide on a place in your house where you can put things for the next day. The FlyLady calls this your Launch Pad. It is usually close to your main entry of the house. You are going to use this every night.
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

Siggie - Tami Fox

Motivational Monday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized this Summer:
In your home and homeschool
Motivational Monday
Let’s motivate our children to love learning. One of my goals as a teacher is to ignite a love of learning in my children. I do this in many ways. We study things that interest them. We use hands-on learning for science and history. When they show a talent, we expand on that through lessons and experiences. When they are adults, I want them to still love learning and know how to find the answers to their questions. One of the most encouraging things my daughter ever told me was that she was thankful she was homeschooled, and that I taught her how to read, research, and write a paper. If you are starting school this week, remember to have some fun, too. School does not have to be all work. We are still on a modified schedule this week. We will start all of our subjects next week after Labor Day. If you have any homeschool questions, please send me an email.

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.
Weekly Home Blessing Hour:
(Even during the school year, I do the Weekly Home Blessing Hour on Monday mornings with my children.)

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:
  • Do you have everything ready to start school, or have you started school?
 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
  • Zone Focus: Master Bedroom – Today, I want you to clear off your nightstand. Have your children clear a flat surface in their room. Set a timer.
Family Fun: Plan a water activity.
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

Siggie - Tami Fox

Free Friday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized this Summer:
In your home and homeschool

As we are coming close to the end of summer, it’s time to think about having a free day. You’ve been working and preparing for school. You’ve been getting your home in order. So tomorrow, plan a free day with your family.

  • Free from projects around the house
  • Free from electronics and screens
  • Free from planning you school year
  • Free from doing stuff for others

Have a whole day of fun with your family. If that does not work with your husband’s work schedule, pick a day that will work and have a free day. Everyone needs a day off from the demands of life. Your children will remember this time. End the summer playing and enjoying time together. I can tell you from experience that this time passes so quickly. Two of my children are grown and have moved out. It takes a lot more effort and planning to have a fun day with all of my children. So take advantage of this time you have with your children while they are young and still at home. I try to make those moments count with the four children I still have at home.

 

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:

  • Play with your kids. Enjoy the end of summer.

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
  • Zone Focus: Bathroom or one other room – take your duster and go around the light fixtures, along the ceiling, and around the baseboards.

Family Fun: Have a water balloon fight or water wars with your children 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 your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

Siggie - Tami Fox

Tradition Thursday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized this Summer:
In your home and homeschool

Traditions —- we all have them in one way or another. Some traditions we carried on from our childhood, and some traditions we have made with our families.

Many of us are seeing lots of pictures online of our friends’ and families’ back to school pictures. We can take our own back to homeschool pictures and post them, too. I think it can be done in a positive way that draws people to homeschooling. I don’t enjoy posts that are snarky to people who do not choose to homeschool.

Check out Pinterest if you need ideas for cute back to school pictures.

Another fun tradition for back to homeschool is to have a special breakfast. It can be made at home or go out for a special breakfast.

Some moms do special packages with back to school supplies. One mom I know does a scavenger hunt with prizes at the end. There are so many fun ways to start your school year off and start a new tradition. Think of something your children would enjoy, and that you can do without making life too complicated.

Enjoy the start of your school year! Make new memories. Have fun with your children. Learn with them.

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.

School:

  • Do something fun with your children. They will remember it. I have plans to do something fun with my boys today. I will have to write about it later.

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
  • Zone Focus: Bathroom – Wipe down the front of your cabinets and drawers if you have them. If not, do some detailed cleaning in one other room. Set your timer! This is not a big project. Keep it simple.

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

Siggie - Tami Fox

Wholehearted Wednesday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized this Summer:

In your home and homeschool

Wholehearted Wednesday. What exactly does that mean?

From a homeschool mom perspective, I teach my children in a way that is fun and gives them joy to learn. I teach in a way that reaches their heart. We do volunteer things and things for family members that I call “heart lessons.” Sometimes we need the heart lessons more than the book lessons.

From the parent aspect, I try to parent in a way that teaches and disciplines without causing a root of bitterness in the heart of my children. I also work with them on their inter-personal skills with their siblings. I want them to grow up loving each other. No matter what we are learning about, I want my children to love their family and love life. When the hard times come around, the love that I have instilled deep inside of them will be there. Most importantly, I want the love of God to fill their hearts.

 

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:

  • Put away any school supplies that you purchase today while you are out running errands.

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
  • Zone Focus: Bathroom – purge any outdated medications from your medicine cabinet. Replace any that you need to keep on hand.
  • 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.

 

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 your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

Siggie - Tami Fox

Maximize your Homeschool Time – Getting Organized

Recently I talked to a homeschool mom about her schedule. I wanted to share these 6 tips with you to help you with getting organized with your homeschool time. I wrote Giving Your Children Wings to help and encourage homeschool moms. You can get it directly from me by clicking on the tab above, or you can buy it on Amazon.

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When you are working on your weekly schedule, block off some designated time for school. If at all possible, stay home on Monday. That helps you start off your school week strong, and it helps you have the time for your Weekly Home Blessing Hour. When I protect our schedule on Monday, the rest of my week has a better flow. I don’t feel like I am trying to play catch up when I start my school and home off on the right foot on Monday morning.

You will have well-meaning friends and family who do not understand this. It is ok. It is your family, and you need to do what you have to do to give them your uninterrupted attention.

If you need help with organizing, check out my Homeschool Package.

Siggie - Tami Fox