Making Memories Monday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
This week I want you to take time to make memories and enjoy the moments with your children. If your children are grown and you have grandchildren, make memories with them. If they don’t live close to you, use technology and Skype with them. When they are adults, they will remember different things about their childhood, help them make memories this week that will come back to them later.

We had a Christmas celebration today with my husband’s family. Both of his parents have passed away, so I do what I can to celebrate the things that his mother did for the grandchildren when they were little. I make her recipes in many cases. I typed up a story she wrote one Christmas and gave everyone a copy of it. I passed along her Christmas apron. We all had fond memories and stories to share today. I want my children, nieces, and nephews to have a part in this legacy. Celebrate and love your family. You don’t know that you will have another Christmas with them.

There are activities that I do with my children in December that I will continue if I am blessed with grandchildren. We make corn starch ornaments and paint them. We make cookies. We make pies. We make bath salts. While we are making memories, we are also making things to give to others. My grown children remember doing these things with me, and they ask every year if I am still doing the activities with their younger siblings.

Celebrating Christmas does not have to be a commercialized event. We see it as a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, make memories, and do for others. Enjoy your week! I will still have missions for you this week, but they will be short.

Here are your Zone Missions for the week for Zone 4 – The Master Bedroom (Kids’ Bedrooms)

Monday – 15-minute Room Rescue in the Master Bedroom (Have your children do the same in their bedrooms.)
Tuesday – Detail dust in your bedroom — ceiling fan, blinds, flat surfaces, etc.
Wednesday – Clean out under your bed
Thursday – Christmas Eve
Friday – Christmas Day

Holiday Missions:

Monday – Do some of your Christmas baking
Tuesday – Make your Christmas desserts, watch a Christmas movie as a family
Wednesday – Do food prep and veggie chopping
Thursday – Christmas Eve – enjoy your day! Make memories
Friday – Christmas Day – enjoy your family

If you have not downloaded my Holiday e-book, it is not too late. You can still use the full calendar plans for January to help you clean up after the Holidays.

It has helpful pages for you to do your menu planning, grocery lists, gift lists, and a daily calendar for 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.


  • 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 Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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