Dirty Dishes – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

One question I received last week was about kids and the amount of dishes that they dirty in a day. Does this happen in your house, too?

Since we homeschool and have three meals a day plus snacks at home, there is a potential for a lot of dishes to be dirtied in a day. A few strategies that I have used includes the children hand-washing the dishes they dirty them throughout the day. I have also used color coded cups. When I had really young children, I used a laminated mat with each child’s name on it and a circle. They had to keep their cup on that mat. This kept them from leaving cups all over the house and losing them. As they got older, I have taught them to clean the kitchen as they cook. These few strategies have lessened the amount of dishes that are dirtied in a day.

Your dishwasher is not a just a holding place for dishes. Use it as often as you need. I have to run my dishwasher twice a day. The boys take turns emptying it as soon as it finishes a cycle. That way it is ready for them to put their dirty dishes in as they need it.

One idea someone passed on to me was to limit the number of glasses and plates that are available to them. The children are then put into a position to have to wash the dishes as soon as they dirty them. This would help those children to get a clean glass or plate out every time they need something.

We also use reusable water bottles. That can make for several of them to be on the counter drying overnight, but it helps a lot with the amount of glasses used during the day.

Have a wonderful day!


Zone Mission – Put away all of your laundry items

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Declutter Paper/Magazines

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.


  • Play a game with your children
 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
  • 15 minutes of loving movement

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 Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at https://tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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