Scheduling – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
Happy Monday! How was your week last week? We are having a beautiful fall and enjoying time outside each day. By keeping our routines and in place and staying home more, we have time each day to get outside and enjoy the weather and have play time. I have talked to many ladies who struggle with keeping routines and enjoying play time with their children. Usually throughout the course of the conversation, we will talk about outside activities. Many times if you have a lot of activities that take you away from home, you will find that your routines and time for school work slip away. You have to find a balance between activities away from home and things you need to do at home. When you started homeschooling, you found a whole new world of activities has opened up to you. Most areas have so many activities that you could literally be gone every day. While you and your children need some activities outside of the home, try to keep it to one day a week. You and your children can benefit from activities with homeschool groups, 4-H, co-ops, science center classes, library classes, and more. If you choose to participate in many of these activities, your school and household routines will be off-kilter. You will have more stress and less peace. Learn what activities to say, “Yes,” to and what activities to say, “No,” to. Save your “Yes” for the best activities. When you are home, include your children in your routines. They will benefit from learning things around the house with you. Keep a regular school schedule with your children, too. Children thrive on routines.

Here’s an overview for your daily missions this week:

This week we are in Zone 4 – The Master Bedroom. You can adapt these missions for your children to bless their rooms.

Monday – Clear a Hot Spot in your bedroom or spend 15 minutes putting away stuff from your Stash and Dash

Tuesday – Clear your dresser top and dust it. Only put back things that being you joy.

Wednesday – Clear off your nightstand and dust. Put back the things that bring you peace and restful thoughts. A decluttered nightstand will help you sleep better.

Thursday – Detail dust the rest of your bedroom. Make your bed look pretty. If you have a warmer comforter or quilt, it’s time to get it out for the cooler temps.

Friday – Declutter in your closet for 15 minutes. Bless someone else with clothes that don’t fit or make you feel good about yourself when you wear them. Declutter your shoes. ***For your children at home, have them bring you anything that does not fit and make a list of new sizes that you need to buy. With temperatures cooling off, they will need warm clothes and shoes.***

Holiday Missions will be starting soon. I am going to give you daily tips throughout the Holidays to help you get ready for celebrating and for cleaning up afterwards.

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
  • Do you have some hands-on activities planned for the week? We will be studying Spain this week, so I have some activities planned and a menu planned.
 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

Siggie - Tami Fox

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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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