Getting Dressed to the Shoes – Getting Organized

Getting Organized in your Home and Homeschool



Happy March 1st! I enjoy the beginning of a new month, and I enjoy this time of the year as it begins to warm up after the winter. In March, the habit we will be practicing is getting dressed all the way down to our lace-up shoes. This one habit causes a lot of discussion, and unless it is against a cultural belief, I want you to try this habit with your children all month.

It sounds simple enough to get dressed down to the lace-up shoes, but it takes some thought. It takes some planning. You need to have the laundry caught up and put away. It is helpful if you practice your Before Bed Routine and lay your clothes out each night. Teaching your children to do this habit will help you start your school day off faster and more peaceful. We all want that in our homes!

One common statement about wearing shoes in the house has to do with the dirt children can track into your home. If you teach your children to clean their shoes off before they come into the house, this will not be a problem. With four boys and living in the country, I taught them to sweep the kitchen floor. When they would come into the kitchen door and track dirt or leaves into the house, I would remind them to sweep behind themselves. It did not take long for them to realize that it was easier to clean their shoes outside. I always used a nice voice with them when asking them to sweep behind themselves. I do not yell or scream to get them to do things.

Start today with everyone in the house getting dressed first thing in the morning. Let me know if your school day goes better when you do this. It sets the tone in our house that we are ready to work when we are dressed down to the shoes.

Your Zone Mission today is to sweep the front porch.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe the windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is grilled chicken and a salad.

Have a wonderful day!


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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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