Keeping Your List Short

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

How are doing with your routines?

Some of the emails I have received over the past few weeks ask about dealing with previous years’ school materials and cleaning out big areas in your home.

When you have a large area to declutter, work at it consistently each day. Just 5 minutes a day will make a huge difference in a big project. I have worked in my garage in this manner. The FlyLady has talked about cleaning out her extra bedroom by taking one thing out at a time.

Besides consistency, the key to this is to purge deeply. Give things away. Throw things away. Keep very few things from a highly cluttered area. Find a home for the things you keep. If you cannot find a place for an item, you need to let it go.

If you have uncovered old school materials, purge a little at a time in that area as well. It is likely going to be a lot of paper, and you don’t need to keep all of it. If you have a lot of books, find a place to keep them that does not cause you a more cluttered area. Purge. Purge. Purge.

Because of the things we have encountered in the past week and a half as a result of my son’s accident, I am thankful I closed out my school year and decluttered. I don’t have to think about it for a couple of months.

To keep yourself from going overboard with your decluttering this summer, use a sticky note and a bullet point list each day. Only write down 3 things to accomplish outside of your routines. You will see a difference with consistency.

If your children do not have their routines in place, write them down on sticky notes and put them up where they will see them. You can put one in the bathroom and one in their bedroom. You can put one in the kitchen, too. Reward them for doing a good job. Remember small children need frequent praise and rewards.

Plan something fun to do as a family this weekend.

Today’s Zone Mission is to wipe the stove top and microwave.

Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is rotisserie chicken and a salad.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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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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