From the Top Down – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Today we are going to dust from the top of the living down to the floor. I use my FlyLady Multi-wand for this. It has a bendable dusting side, and the handle extends. I can use it to dust the top and sides of my ceiling fan at the same time, and then I can straighten it and dust more. I start high and work my way down when I dust with this tool.

I love getting questions from readers, and I was recently asked how I fit in my desk time, grocery shopping time, and errands into my week. So I thought I would share a bit about my weekly schedule with you today. We do 5 days’ worth of homeschooling in 4 days of the week for the most part. On Friday, we practice life skills and finish up any book work from the week that we might not have finished. For the most part Friday mornings are spent doing the floors, cleaning out the fridge, and taking off the trash and any other home blessing that needs to be done. The older boys wash their laundry and bedding. I have desk time and pay bills and write up a menu plan for the next week. Then I check the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry to help me know what I have and what I need to put on the grocery list. After lunch, I head off to grocery shop. My husband works a half day on Fridays, so the boys have a choice of staying home or going shopping with me. Sometimes, they rotate who goes with me, and sometimes all of them go with me. Occasionally, they all stay home. While I am out grocery shopping, I will do some errands. Most of the time, I fill up with gas while I am out and clean out my car. If the weather is nice, I will get the van washed. As you can see, I pack a lot into my Fridays. I don’t schedule too many appointments or do many errands during the week unless necessary. That way, we are able to get all of our school work done in a timely manner. I do follow along with my daily zone missions each day, and I do a daily home blessing. When you put it all together, I am able to take care of all of this during the week, and that leave my weekend open for other things.


Zone Mission – Spend 15 minutes dusting in the living room from ceiling to floor.

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Declutter Paper, Magazines, or Newspapers for 10 minutes anywhere in the house.

Menu Plan for Thursday: Baked chicken and salad


  • 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.


  • Do a fun hands on science experiment today.
 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 Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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