Maintaining – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
How to you get to the point of just maintaining your home?

This was a question I was asked recently. For many of us, when we start decluttering, we are wading through years of stuff. How do we get through all of it and get to the “maintenance” part?

Consistency. Consistency. Consistency.

Every time you bring something into the house, you need to get rid of 1 to 2 items.

Every month, I work in the same Zones as you do. I still declutter.

Why do I still have to declutter?

In my house, we have 6 people. That is 6 times the opportunity to bring stuff into the house. That is 6 times the opportunity for the clutter to accumulate.

By systematically decluttering, I do not let the clutter take over my home. I only spend a few minutes a day decluttering. When I first started, I would spend the entire 15 minutes decluttering. Now, it goes much faster.

Today, I will declutter something from my closet. I will open the door, and I will quickly scan through my hanging clothes. If I see something that I don’t wear anymore, I will pull it out and put it in my donate box. If I see something that does not fit me, I give it away. I want to feel good in the clothes I wear, and I do not want to hang onto clothes that do not make me feel good.

Clothing is a big source of clutter in many homes. Work in small steps to reduce the amount of clothes you have for yourself and for your children. Do not empty closets and drawers and make a big mess. Just do it in small steps and be consistent. You can even declutter clothing when you are folding laundry.

Remember, decluttering is just for a few minutes each day.

Please email me if you have questions.


Zone Mission: Declutter in your closet.

Weekly Home Blessings of the Day: Quick Dust and Vacuum

Menu Plan for Tuesday: Taco Tuesday and a side salad


If you need more help with organizing your home and homeschool, you can download  The FlyLady’s Homeschool Teacher and Homeschool Student Control Journals for free.

Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment
  • 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.
  • Clean out your refrigerator. Toss the science experiments.
  • Spend 15 minutes loving movement.

School: Ask your children what interests them. Pick up some library books on the topic.

 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
  • Write up a menu plan for the next 7 days. Check your pantry and freezer and make a grocery list. This habit will save you time and money. Try out some new recipes with the slow cooker. It will save you time once you start back to your school schedule.
Family Fun: Take your children for a walk.
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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