Fix It Friday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized in Your Home and Homeschool

How was your first week of August? Mine was busy, as you might have noticed with my email about the freezer. There were several little things the boys and I worked on this week, so I thought today I would remind you to see what you can tackle on your “Fix It” list.

I also put together my 11th grader’s American Literature reading list for the year to go along with his American History course. My big project was to redo the school cabinet and drawers. It’s been years since I really cleaned out the drawers. It needed to be done, and I found art work from my daughter when she was in elementary school. She’s a young adult now. I kept her art folder with the boys’ art folders. It was fun to see how they progressed in their artistic skills. I could also tell when they did art work based on one of our unit studies. They had similar pictures done at their own pace and ability. I treasure our years as a homeschool family, and I am thankful I have more to go!

Yesterday, I posted a picture of my school cabinet. I will post it again today with a comparison of what it looks like now.






Craft drawers


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.


  • What else do you have to do to be ready to start school? We started back on math this week, and because I cleaned out the craft cabinet and school cabinet, the boys have done a lot of arts and crafts. I realize that we all have different schedules, and some of you may not start back until after Labor Day. I typically start slow and steady the first week of August. That gives me flexibility for the 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
  • Zone Focus: Front Porch: Sweep and wash the front porch. Wash the windows. Clean the outside of the front door.Throw out anything that you do not need on the front porch.

Family Fun: Do something fun today with your children. Is there something they have wanted to do all summer, and you just have not done it it? Don’t forget that tomorrow is Family Fun Day. Ask your husband what he would like to do for Family Fun 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.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • 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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