Living Room Monday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized in Your Home and Homeschool
This week we are going to spend some time sprucing up our living rooms. With the change in seasons, this is a great time to declutter in the living room and add some fall decor. I have a story to share with you from last week in y decluttering missions in my master bedroom.

Even though I have been FLYing for a long time, I still do projects in my Zones. My clothes all fit in the drawers and closet, but I still purge when we work in the Master Bedroom. This week I found a camouflage vest that I cut out for my son at least 10 years ago. He’s grown a lot since then, but it was the right size for my current 9-year-old. Yesterday, I sewed it up for him. He is so happy, and I got one more thing out of my room. I also put my quilting stuff in a plastic bin and put it in the top of my closet. I usually do some quilting in the winter, so it is accessible when I am ready to use it.
This week we will be working in two zones. If you are working in these areas already, just keep doing what you are doing. If you are not currently working in these zones, I would like for you to spend at least 5 minutes a day working in them.

Here’s what I have down for the zones this week:

Monday – Zone 5 – Living Room – Clear off Hot Spots on your flat surfaces. You want to be able to dust your living room quickly during the weekly home blessing hour.

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.
Weekly Home Blessing Hour:
Spread these out over the course of the week. Put a note on each day of the week with one or two of these per day.

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
  • Have you been on a field trip yet this year? If not, it’s time to start planning one. Look at your topic of studies, and then pick a field trip that goes along with it. Field trips are a great way for your children to cement what they have been learning into their memories.
 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
Family Fun: Have some outdoor time with your children today. Play. Do some nature journaling. The point is to add some movement to your 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.)
  • 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

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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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