Small Routines Have a Big Impact

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

How is your Master Bedroom looking after your Zone Missions this week? These small daily missions have a big impact on your home. You will start to see these areas with peace in your heart. You will want to maintain them. Some of the areas you declutter will take regular decluttering sessions, and some of them will remain clutter free.

The areas that I hear most often that you struggle with decluttering are the entryway and kitchen. The master bedroom comes in right behind these areas. Usually, the living room stays in pretty good shape once you have it decluttered. The bathroom stays maintained if you do your daily swish and swipe.

My best suggestion to you on keeping the common areas of your home free of clutter is to pick up behind yourself and to teach your children to pick up behind themselves. The entryway gets cluttered up when people walk into the house and drop things. They don’t take the time to put things away where they belong.

Use gentle reminders to your children about putting their things away. Establish the launch pad area where they do have a place near the entryway to keep things they need when they leave the house. You will have to set boundaries on what can stay in the entryway and what needs to be put somewhere else.

The kitchen is a well-used room in your home. You will likely need to do a Hot Spot drill in the kitchen every day as a part of your afternoon or evening routine. I do this in the evening in my home, but you can do it in the afternoon, too. Kitchen counters become a catch-all for clutter.

Your bedroom is not your storage unit, so don’t use it for stash and dash items. Use the 27 Fling Boogie in your bedroom. Find 27 things to put away. Then find 27 things to throw away. Finally, find 27 things to give away. Mark three boxes or bags for this. When you finish, put the trash outside in the trash can. Put the items to donate in your car. The next time you do errands, stop off and make a donation.

Some of you are resisting donations because you are over-thinking where to donate the items. Just pick a place and donate. Don’t make it complicated.

What is your most cluttered area in your home?

Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter items from 1 dresser drawer.

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

My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.

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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