How does 15 minutes at a time work on a big project?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

Dear Friends,
Can you believe we are entering the last week of January? This month has gone by quickly for me. It’s been filled with fun family time, homeschool time, working time, taking care of me time, and rest! We will start the week off in the Living Room (or Family Room), and we will end the week in Zone 1.
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 5 Missions: The Living Room (Family Room)
Monday – Hot Spot Fire Drill in the Living Room (Toss. Donate. Put Away.)
Tuesday – Detail vacuum the Living Room (Enlist help to move the furniture.)
Wednesday – 27 Fling Boogie in Living Room.
Thursday – Go Sofa and Chair Diving.
Friday – Declutter in Zone 1 (Front Porch, Entryway, and Dining Room)
Set your timers for 15 minutes and then take a break when it goes off!
Weekly Menu Plan
Monday – Taco Soup
Tuesday – Chicken
Wednesday – Soup and Sandwiches
Thursday – Chicken
Friday – Take out
Enjoy your week! Keep your routines simple.
A reader asked me to talk about how to deal with a big project that comes along your way and has a deadline or series or deadlines. One project might be a home renovation project or a big painting project.
Several years ago, we had a pipe burst in the bathroom wall. In the few minutes that water poured from the pipe, enough water got under our flooring and destroyed flooring and baseboards in 5 rooms of our home. This was not a 15 minute and done project. (smile) But what I did do in the subsequent days is use the 15 minutes to guide me along in the process.
We had to call our insurance company. They contracted someone to come out to assess the damage. This turned into a 3-day process of trying to drying things out. During those three days, I packed items and moved items because we had to continue to assess the water damage. I did this 15 minutes at a time and took breaks.
We eventually had to pull up flooring in 5 rooms and pull the baseboards up. This led to the need to paint the walls because of replacing the baseboards. Over the course of 30 days, I did project management of various sub-contractors who came in to do different parts of the repair.
While it seemed like my home was in chaos, I knew where most things were. I learned to adapt our schedule to accommodate the workers who came and went daily. I picked up a lot of take out during that time because my kitchen was out of commission for three weeks.
Since that time, we have redone our kitchen counters, and we have painted and done flooring in one of the bedrooms. I kept our basic routines in place as much as possible, and when we could not do something that was a part of our routine, we just moved to the next thing we could do. (It’s hard to shine a kitchen sink when you don’t have one! LOL)
No matter what the scope of your project, you can break it down into steps and use your timer for 15 minutes.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for Monday is to have a Hot Spot Fire Drill in the Living Room (or Family Room).
Mymenu plan

for Monday is taco soup and salad.
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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