Routine Maintenance

Getting Organized in your Home and Homeschool





How do you handle routine maintenance in your home? The FlyLady has a page on her website with free Control Journals. She has one for home maintenance. This would be a great starting point for you this summer, if you do not have a regular practice of home maintenance.

My grandfather helped raise me, and he was a mechanic. He taught me a lot about home maintenance. I know that most people do not think about home maintenance a lot, and you can save time and money to have things that you check on regularly.

How often do you clean out your dryer venting system? Mine needs to be done once every three months. I put it on my digital calendar to remind me when to do it quarterly.

Do you check your filter system for your heating and air conditioning unit? This is something that everyone has, but I do have a heat pump system. I check our filters monthly and change them, or I ask one of the boys to change them for me. This is also on my digital calendar during the first week of each month.

Do you have seldom used plumbing in your home? We have one shower that is really small, and it is not used often. I have to run water in it every so often to keep it from evaporating completely in the drain line. I have learned this lesson the hard way.

Newer building codes often call for fire alarms to be hard-wired into the electrical system, so some of you may not have batteries to check. For those of you who have battery-operated fire detectors, you need to check them quarterly. Put it on your digital or paper calendar to check these batteries.

What are your routine maintenance projects?

Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter the top of your dresser.

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and veggies.

Have a great 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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