Doing Monthly Maintenance Around the House

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,
Next week we will be ending January and starting a new month. Do you have a monthly schedule for routine maintenance for your home and your car?
Here are some items I have on my monthly maintenance list for the first week of the month:
  • Change filters on heating/air system
  • Change water filter under the kitchen sink
  • Dryer lint removal
  • Check back up batteries
  • Check fire detectors
  • Check for vitamins and medication refills
  • Check first aid supplies
  • Check trash bags and storage bags
  • Check for light bulbs that need to be replaced
  • Outdoors – check the gutters and other seasonal needs
  • Outdoors – check the barn and food for animals
  • Car – check inspection date, check oil and other fluids, check tire pressure, get it washed
This is not an exhaustive list, and I don’t do all of these alone. The boys know how to do most of these. We do it as a team and pick one or two things a day. The Zone Missions take care of the detail cleaning around the house, and these are just things that need to be done that don’t really fit my Zone Missions.
All of these are great teaching points for your children. If you don’t know how to do these, ask your husband to show you and the children. You should know how to do routine maintenance in the event that your husband is unable to do it.
Learn how to check your oil and tire pressure on your vehicles. Learn how to change a flat tire if you don’t know how to do it. Check for supplies hat you need to have in your vehicle, too. First aid kits, extra oil, and a tire pressure gauge are essentials in my vehicles. I also like to keep an old towel in my vehicle for incidents that might come up.
Friday is also clean out your car and clean out your purse day. If you have not integrated this into your schedule, start today. Send your children out first to get the trash out of the vehicle, and then you can go out to check it. I also throw away any trash that is in my vehicle when I am filling my car up with gas. If the boys are with me, they hand me trash, and I drop it I the can. That way, they are contained and safe, and I am able to get rid of trash that needs to go.
What are some of the things you need to do for routine maintenance around your house?
Today’s Zone Mission is to clean out under your bed.

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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