What is a Hot Spot Drill?

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Dear Friends,

Someone asked me this what a Hot Spot Fire Drill is. It sounded intriguing to her, but she did not know exactly what it is. This is a fun way to declutter in your home.

A Hot Spot is a flat surface in your home that attracts clutter on a regular basis. All of us have places that are Hot Spots. In the entryway, it is where your family members drop things when they come into the house.

In the kitchen, you can have several hot spots — the island, the counter tops, or the table. It could be all three of these areas in your home.
In the Living Room, Hot Spots can rage on your coffee tables or end tables. It can be the entertainment center or a bookshelf.

In your bedroom, cluttered Hot Spots can be found on your dresser or nightstand. A hot spot can rage in a closet if you tend to dump things in the closet instead of putting them away.

Your Zone Mission today is to deal with the Hot Spots in your Living Room. Set your timer for 15 minutes and turn on some music. You can include your children, too, especially if the things that need to be put away belong to them.

As you clear your Hot Spots, there will be some that need to be cleared daily, like a kitchen island. Some hot spots will be easier to maintain, such as your bedroom dresser. The way I handle it is to do a Hot Spot drill once a day somewhere in my house. With a large family, hot spots happen on a daily basis.

My kitchen table is something I use daily for work, school, and eating with my family. I am able to keep hot spots from developing and staying because we use it all day. My kitchen island takes more effort because we use it for meal prep three times a day, and it is also where people put things throughout the day. When we do our evening routine, I ask family members to come by and pick up whatever belongs to them.

Your Zone Mission today is to spend 15 minutes clearing a Hot Spot.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is chicken stir fry. Salad and veggies for me.

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 Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at https://tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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