Fall Into Monday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Let’s Fall Into Monday and finish decorating for Fall. Did you know there are only 17 days until Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is one of my favorite Holidays. I like to spend time this month sharing with my children the things I am thankful for. I also ask them to list things they are thankful for. We write thee things on pieces of paper and read them each day. Some years, I put a construction paper tree on the wall, and we add our “thankful leaves.” Other years, I have cut out construction paper leaves, and we have just put them in a quart canning jar. It does not have to be complicated, but it is a good practice to list the things we are thankful for in this life. Another thing I like to do with the children in November is write Scripture verses about being thankful or blessed. We have also done volunteer work in November to show others blessings.

In case you have not downloaded it, here is the link to my Holiday e-book. You are not behind. Just start where you are.

Holiday Missions.

It has helpful pages for you to do your menu planning, grocery lists, gift lists, and a daily calendar for November, December, and January. I will also put the daily tips in my newsletter and on the blog. The e-book will just help you see the whole picture and give you forms to use.

Holiday Mission – Monday – Work on your Christmas Cards. You want to have them ready to mail the day after Thanksgiving. Think of a craft your children can make that you can let them give as a Christmas gift. If you have the supplies, go ahead and let them make it today. If you need to get the supplies, just mark a day on your calendar to buy the supplies and make the craft with them.

Now let’s move on to our daily missions this week:

This week we are in Zone 2 – The Kitchen.

Monday – Put out the rest of your Fall decor in the Kitchen. Clear a Hot Spot.

Tuesday – Work on your counters. Put away things you do not use regularly.

Wednesday – Pull out your Thanksgiving serving pieces and dishes and wash them. Put them in a handy location or go ahead and set your table with them. Start using them now.

Thursday – Go through your pantry. Toss out things that are outdated. Put things to the side that you are not going to use and find a food pantry to donate them. Add items to your shopping list that you need for your Thanksgiving menu or for table service for Thanksgiving.

Friday – Make one more pass on your kitchen counters and put away things that have landed there this week. We all have that happen in our kitchens.


  • 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? Look for a Thanksgiving Unit Study to work on this month.
 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 Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at https://tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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