Routines Thursday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

What routines do you have in place that are working for you? What routines do you need to work on? It has taken me many years to get a good routine in place, and there have been lots of changes to my routines as my children have gotten older. Many young moms beat themselves up for their routines not being what they expect them to be. Just know that having young children in your home is a short season in life. It seems like it will never end, and suddenly one day, you realize that your baby is grown up. It’s hard for me to believe my first-born is almost 25-years-old. I still remember her baby days like it was yesterday. I floundered quite a bit back then with routines, and then I added another baby to the mix. I floundered around a bit more, but I kept at it. I tried different routines and organizational ideas. In 2000, I found The FlyLady, and I started following her principles. It still look a long time and a lot of practice to get my routines in place. From 2001 to 2006, I added 3 more children to my routines. We had lots of “new” schedules. We had great days, and we had hard days. It’s all a part of life. Caring for our home was difficult at times. Most of that can be attributed to having too many clothes, too many toys, and too much stuff in general. As I have purged and decluttered, it is so much easier to care for our home. It is easy for the children to help pick up behind themselves. I am not a drill sergeant in my home. I don’t bark orders all day. We have lists and routines in place, and it is very easy for us to have the house company-ready on a moment’s notice. We work together to bless our home. That is a gift I am giving my children for their adulthood.

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.


  • Do something fun and engaging with your children. They will remember it. We are studying China this week, and we have cooked together and done some fun activities together. School can be fun, too.

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: Entry Way – Walk into your front door. Look around. Now spend 15 minutes decluttering and making it look inviting.

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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