Thankful Tuesday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized this Summer:
In your home and homeschool


What are you thankful for? I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for God’s mercy, my family, the ability to homeschool my children, my country, and my church. I like to tell my children what I am thankful for and ask them what they are thankful for often. I think it is a good reminder that we all have much to be grateful for. If you have not kept a Thankful Journal before, this is a good time to start one. You can write you thankful list in a notebook and add to it daily.  One year, we make construction paper leaves and wrote one thing we were thankful for each day. We put them up on the wall where I made a construction paper tree. It was a visual reminder of all of our blessings.


Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment



  • 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.


  • Check your children’s collection of markers and pencils. You can probably purge a lot of items this way. I purged our collection last week, and it was much-needed. Now they each have a pencil box with new pencils and markers.

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: Entrance, Front Porch, Dining Room – Let’s clean our front door today. If you do seasonal wreaths, consider putting up a new wreath. Wipe the trim around the door. If yours is like mine, you will find pollen on the outside trim.

Family Fun: Do something you have been thinking about doing for fun today. Doesn’t matter if it is something at home or if you go somewhere. Surprise 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

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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