15 Minutes Thursday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Do you use your timer regularly to keep you from spending too much time on a project? Before I used The FlyLady system, I would do projects and spend hours on them. I would finish the project tired and burned out. I would let things pile up before tackling them again. Then I would find myself in the same boat of having a large project to clean or declutter. It was a vicious cycle. By using my timer and setting it for 15 minutes at a a time, I work on a project and switch to something else or take a 15 minute break. Not all projects can be completed in 15 minutes, but you can break down the steps of the project and just work on certain steps for 15 minutes. This has been a much better way for me to handle decluttering or switching out closets for the different seasons or even Christmas decorating. Using The FlyLady’s Weekly Home Blessings and Zone Missions, I do not have to do big cleaning projects. No more spring cleaning for me! I have also found that I am not crisis cleaning this week before a family Christmas party in our home this weekend. I am able to do my Weekly Home Blessings, Zone Missions, and cleaned out my refrigerator to prepare for the party. I did a sign up sheet for items for the family meal, so I am not responsible for cooking everything. It has been a wonderful week with no stress for me. This is what I want for you, too. I post these daily notes and missions to help you find peace like I have found peace.
Holiday Mission: Thursday

Add items to your shopping list for your table service for holiday meals next week.

Zone Focus: Any Room in the House – Do a 15-minute Room Rescue.



  • 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.


  • Have you done some hands on learning with your children this week? Plan something for tomorrow! Make tomorrow a Fun Friday for school!
 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

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 Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at https://tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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