Getting Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


If you have followed The Flylady for very long, you know that she has Holiday Missions to help you get ready for the Holidays in Baby Steps. Since we are in Zone 2, the Kitchen, this week, it is a great time to assess what you need to do to get ready for the Holidays in the kitchen. I will have specific missions, but I want you to think about a few things, too.

1) Are you hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas meals/events/parties in your home?

2) Do you have a Holiday menu plan?

3) Do you have a baking list?

4) Have you started buying ingredients a little at a time?

5) Do you need to wash serving pieces, bowls. platters, etc. that have been in storage?

6) Do you need to pre-order any food?

As you are reading this today, I am in the process of baking a whole Turkey for our homeschool group’s Thanksgiving celebration that is today! I had to pre-plan for this. I bought the turkey and allowed enough time for thawing. I cleaned my big roaster pan that was in storage. I bought extra milk to make turkey gravy. There were several steps that went into this process, and I am thankful I was able to write this and schedule it to send out automatically. I did not want to think about technology while cooking early in the morning.

The Habit for the Month with The FlyLady is Menu Planning. This is a great time to practice this skill. Keep your November meals simple. Double some of your cooking, and freeze the extras. Put a note on your December calendar to thaw that meal and warm it up.

You can save money by menu planning and cooking simply. This will help you stretch your Holiday gift budget!

Zone Missions: The Kitchen
Monday – Declutter Kitchen Counters & Wipe

Tuesday – Declutter in the Kitchen Pantry

Wednesday –  Clean out the Fridge

Thursday – Declutter 1 Kitchen Cabinet

Friday – Check Serving Dishes for Holiday Parties

Menu Plan for Monday – Hamburgers and Tater Tots

Weekly Home Blessing – Wash the Sheets

Daily Routines:

  • 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.
  • Daily Movement for 15 Minutes

School: Print out a blank US map to keep track of Electoral Votes tomorrow

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: Take a nature walk today.
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 the Launch Pad 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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