How much do you handle things when decluttering?

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Dear Friends,
When you are cleaning and decluttering, do you find yourself moving things from place to place? If you are handling the same items multiple times, focus on finding a home for the items you are moving around. If you cannot find a place for everything, you need to get rid of the things you are moving around often.

When I am decluttering, I have a box handy to put items in to donate. Then I take the box to my car until errand day. I make it a point to handle an item as few times as possible. Some of you get “stuck” trying to figure out whether to keep something or give it away. This is your perfectionism. You are trying to hold onto things until you might need them. Meanwhile, it is hard to clean your house because of the clutter.

You are holding onto books and papers that you are not going to use again. You feel guilty that you have not used the books like you intended. Let go of this guilt. If the books are not working for your children, you can get other books. You can use library books. You spent money on these books, and they are an albatross. You are trying to make them work for your family, and they just aren’t working out.

Unless your state homeschool laws require you to show your child’s work to someone, you do not have to keep all of the papers your children produce. Give yourself a limit on space and how you will hold onto their papers. Sort their school papers weekly into your storage area. Take photos with your cell phone or camera and share their artwork with others. You can make a cute flipbook once a year from these photos.

Tell me what your biggest source of clutter is in your home. Start working on the habit of handling things as few times as possible when you are decluttering.

Today’s Zone Mission is to have a 15 minute room rescue anywhere in the house.

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

My menu plan for Friday is take out.
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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