Thoughtful Thursday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

I want you to think about your routines today. What is working? What still needs work? Every new school year brings changes to your household routines. We have had years where we added babies to our home, and now we are having years where older children get jobs or move out. These changes mean that our routines will change. A job change for our spouse or for us can also change routines. The beauty of the routines is that you can change things around when you need to. If you need to change a routine, you will want to write it down on your calendar for a while to help you remember when to do them. I use my Google calendar for reminders like this. I have recently had some changes to my schedule, and I just put reminders in my Google calendar to keep me on track.

How are your children’s routines? When we started the school year, I slowly added subjects each week, so they had time to adjust to new books and the school schedule. I thought some of you might like to see a sample of our school schedule this year. I have an 11th grader, 9th grader, 7th grader, and 4th grader.

8:00 am – Get up, eat breakfast, and morning routine
9:00 am – Start school work (I do some things with everyone, and then they do individual assignments.)
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Older students finish school assignments. Younger students have play time.

We are generally finished for the day before 2:00 pm. The boys will help with dinner preparations and afternoon tasks as needed.

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.


  • This week we have been learning about India, and we have cooked some meals that use a lot of Indian spices. We have also made Indian flatbread.

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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: Kitchen – Declutter 10 things from your kitchen.

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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