How are your Zone Missions Going?

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Dear Friends,
We are entering the last week of the month. We practiced the habit of getting dressed down to the shoes, and we decluttered our way around the house. Are you ready to tackle Zone 5 – The Living Room this week?
Zone 5 Missions: The Living Room
Monday – Declutter the flat surfaces & detail dust
Tuesday – Go Sofa Diving (Clean out under the cushions)
Wednesday – Hot Spot Fire Drill in Living Room
Thursday – Clean under the Living Room Furniture
Friday – Wipe the Baseboards & Declutter
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off!
The Living Room can go one of two ways. It can be a seldom-used room that needs little detail cleaning, or it can be a well-used room in your home. In our house, the Living Room is well-used. We don’t have a Family Room or Bonus Room. The monthly Zone Missions help me take care of the clutter that finds its way into the Living Room.
One of the boys particularly enjoys going sofa and chair diving because he gets to keep the money he finds down in the cushions. I don’t have to do this task. He volunteers to do it.
When I need to clean under the furniture, the boys help me move things around. This is a task that you should not do by yourself. You need help, so you can do this safely.
Sometimes, I set the timer and turn on some music. Then we play a game to put away the things that have migrated to the Living Room. Yes, this happens in my house, too. Take a look around the room your family hangs out. Did they leave things that belong elsewhere? If so, have a Hot Spot Fire Drill! The goal is to put things where they belong. If they don’t have a place, then get rid of them.
If you have small children, give them a cloth and make it a game to wipe the baseboards. The goal in teaching your children to care for their home is to make it fun. You want them to have joy in blessing their home. It is not drudgery or a chore.
If you have a formal Living Room that does not need a lot of decluttering, declutter the room your family does use for hanging out. You can just detail dust your formal Living Room.

How did you do this month with your Zone Missions and the Habit of the Month (Getting Dressed Down to the Lace-Up Shoes)?

Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.

Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter the flat surfaces in the Living Room and detail dust.

My menu plan for Monday is pinto beans, salad, and veggies.

Have a blessed 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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