Menu Planning and Side Items – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
One of the more popular email questions I have received the past few weeks has to do with my menu that I write in my articles. I have four boys at home, and they eat a lot of food. When I write down my menu plan, it includes the protein and salad. Sometimes, I put down the bread we are eating. I don’t put down the side items because it varies from day to day. I buy potatoes, rice, and pasta to serve with our evening meal.

Growing boys need carbs. I am gluten-free, so I pick things that either I can eat, or that I don’t mind turning down. I am not cooking two different meals unless it is pasta night. Basically, I eat chicken any time I pick a meal that the boys love that is not gluten-free. I have tried the gluten-free pasta, and it is not great. I do love spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti.

Most afternoons, I decide on the side item according to how much time I have to prepare the side item. Other times, I let my son who is my main chef choose the side item. I don’t put the sides on my menu plan when I write it out.

Since we are decluttering in the kitchen this week, take a look at the appliances on your kitchen counters. Do you use all of them? If you don’t use all of the appliances that are out on your counter, find a different place to store them or declutter them.

Have a wonderful day!


Zone Mission: Declutter 1 Kitchen Drawer

Weekly Home Blessings of the Day: Quick Dust and Vacuum

Menu Plan for Tuesday: Chicken ‘n Dumplins (grilled chicken for mom)


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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