Show Me Your Progress in Your Master Bedroom

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

    

 
Dear Friends,
How did you do with the Zone Missions this week? I want to see your progress in your master bedroom. Email a picture to me at homeschool@flylady.net.
We spent this week doing zone missions in our master bedrooms. Yesterday, I told you that I want you to feel successful with your missions. As you develop the habit of doing a small zone mission each day, it will get easier.
You will also start seeing that you have less to deal with when you are decluttering. You just have to take the first step and then be consistent with doing these missions each week.
During the summer, you do not have the pressure of a homeschool schedule, but other activities can take up a lot of your time. You will need to be quick and efficient with your missions, so you can develop the habit now rather than later.
Some of you may homeschool year round, and that is okay, too, but you can use your breaks throughout the year to work on consistency with your zone missions.
My zone missions are a part of my day because I have practiced them a lot over the years, and I want the same for you. I found it easier to practice the zone missions in the summer because I was under less restraints with my schedule, and I could use fun outings to encourage the boys to help me.
When we transitioned into our school schedule in August each summer, it was easier to keep the habits we had worked on that year in our daily routines. I used this summer training to let them work on their skills in sweeping and dusting and in doing laundry.
When my children were small, I used little check off lists with pictures, and each summer, I changed them as needed and added new things to it. As they got older, I used a mix of pictures and words. After they mastered reading, I used check off sheets with just words. It helped them to know there was an end in sight as far as their routines. It kept me from continually giving them one more thing to do.
Send me some pictures of your master bedroom! You can also send pictures of your children’s rooms, too. How did you do with your zone missions this week?
Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter items from the shelf in your closet.
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!

Finding Joy and Happiness in Your Bedroom

Getting Organized:
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Dear Friends,
This week we have been decluttering in our bedrooms, and I hope you are starting to see a difference as you declutter. I want you to feel joy and happiness in your bedroom as soon as you walk into the room.
When you lay your head down at night, I want you to feel relaxed and peaceful. The way to get to that point is to declutter items from your bedroom.
Today’s focus is your nightstand. I want you to spend 10 minutes removing the items that you don’t need beside of your head at night. Then, I want you to dust your nightstand and dust any items that are remaining on it.
Your nightstand is the last thing you likely see at night, and it is the first thing you see in the morning. You deserve a decluttered surface beside of your bed. I have a lamp, lip balm, lotion, lavender oil, a book, and my phone plugs in near me. When I go to bed, I keep a water bottle on my nightstand as well.
Keep the things on your nightstand and dresser that you need. Resist the urge to use these flat surfaces as storage for items. Put out some of your favorite pictures on your dresser top.
If you decluttered items from your closet yesterday and don’t have a place for these things, deal with them today. Find a place for them, or put them in your give away box. My give away box for the week is getting full, and I will donate the items on errand day on Friday.
If you have children at home, ask them to bring you anything from their nightstand or dresser top that they don’t use anymore. You might not get anything from them, so check their room later after you ask them to do this. I encourage my boys to use their top dresser drawer to hold the little things that they would normally put on top of the dresser.
Some of you may not have been able to fit in your zone missions for the week, so here is a recap.
  • Declutter and trash items from your bedroom that do not belong in there.
  • Attack the clothes pile.
  • Declutter and organize the bottom of your closet.
  • Clear off your nightstand.
Spend 5 minutes per mission and see what a difference this makes in your bedroom. Have a trash bag and a donation box handy. Your missions will go faster if you have something to put things in as you declutter. I want you to have joy and happiness in your bedroom!
Your Zone Mission today is to clear off your nightstand.
Your Home Blessing for today is to toss papers and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is pasta and salad.
Have a great day!

How do you measure success?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

    

 
Dear Friends,
How do you measure success in your home and with your zone missions?
Recently some of my readers have mentioned how they feel about their progress with zone missions when they are not able to complete everything on the list.
When you are new to The FlyLady system, you need to celebrate the small progresses. If you have never done the zone missions, then doing one or two a week is a success. Then you build from there. If you start with 5 minute zone missions, you can work your way up to 10 and 15 minute sessions.
If you have never established a routine for your Home Blessings(sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, changing sheets, taking out the trash, and decluttering magazines), you celebrate the successes in doing one of them at a time. Use your timer and try to keep each one to 10 minutes.
The reason The FlyLady has us practice one Habit per month is to help us slowly work on the Habits until they are a part of our routines.
If you struggle with your Before Bed Routine or Morning Routine, work on one of them at a time. Your Before Bed Routine will set you up for a successful start to your day the next day.
As you are working on your routines, I want you to celebrate your accomplishments with me. Share your progresses even if you feel like you are falling short. Forward progress is PROGRESS. I remind friends of this frequently when they say their running is not progressing like they want. Moving forward is progress whether it is fast progress or slower progress.
Pick something today that you have been wanting to do and do it. Use your timer. Turn on some music. Have fun. Celebrate your success! Email me and let me know what you did today.
I want you to feel successful with each step of your progress.
Your Zone Mission today is to clean and organize the bottom of your closet.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is leftovers with a salad.
Have a great day!

The Power of 5 Minute Missions

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

    

 
Dear Friends,
As I am getting my house back in order after the wedding, I am finding that 5 minute missions are a great way to get back on track.
On Monday, I had bedding to wash from 6 beds. I also had other laundry, and I wanted to put things away that came home with us from the wedding.
It was also the first day of our zone missions for the Master Bedroom.
The first I did was write down some key things I needed to do. Then, I used my timer and switched from one mission to another. This meant that I broke up my Master Bedroom mission into three 5-minute missions. In doing that, I was able to throw out a trash bag full of trash from one of the closets. I also added to my box of items to donate. I was ruthless in purging.
With many loads of sheets pulled from the beds, I used the 5 minute missions to keep the laundry going and was able to get all of the bedding washed, dried, and folded. I decluttered in the linen closet last week, so putting them away was a breeze.
My kitchen counters had accumulated several things from the wedding, so I did a 5 minute mission just to deal with the hot spots in the kitchen. I used another 5 minute mission to unload the dishwasher. A third mission was all I needed to do the dishes and shine my sink.
Next, I checked the entryway for more items from the wedding, and I used a basket to contain the items I needed to return to the bride and groom when they return from their honeymoon.
Using my timer and my list kept me focused. I took little breaks, and I sipped my water throughout the day. I also had several little computer things to take care of, so I was able to have little sit-down breaks, too.
You can accomplish a lot of things using your timer and following the 5-minute rule. It made a huge difference in my day and in how my house looks tonight.
What did you accomplish yesterday?
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
Your Zone Mission for today is to attack the clothes pile in your room. This is also a great mission for your children.
My menu plan for Tuesday is taco soup for the boys. Veggies and salad for me.
Have a blessed day!

Are you ready to tackle the clutter in your Master Bedroom?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

    

 
Dear Friends,
Welcome to Zone 4! We are going to declutter and detail clean the Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom this week.
How does your bedroom look right now? Take a quick picture of it. I want you to be able to compare the difference at the end of the week. I have also found that photographs show you where you have cluttered areas.
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 4 Missions: The Master Bedroom
Monday - Declutter & toss unused items from your bedroom
Tuesday - Attack the clothes pile in your bedroom
Wednesday - Clean & organize the bottom of your closet
Thursday – Clear off the top of your nightstand
Friday - Declutter items from the shelf in your closet
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off!
If you have a Master Bathroom and did not detail clean it last week, I want you to spend 5 minutes a day doing missions like we did last week in the Main Bathroom. I want you to have a lovely bedroom and clean bathroom.
On Monday, take a trash bag into your bedroom and just toss any trash or paper that needs to go away. Watch for papers with identifying information. You will want to shred those items. Then go into your Master Bathroom and toss old cosmetics and lotions. Use your timer and toss as much as you can in 10 minutes.
If your kids have a bathroom, ask them to bring you anything that needs to be tossed. That way you can check to see what they are tossing out. Then send them on a trash mission in their bedrooms. Give them a box or trash can and see what they bring you. Have a goal to get rid of as much trash and junk as possible this week.
Your bedroom can become your haven of rest!
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for today is to toss trash from your bedroom and master bathroom.
My menu plan for Monday is grilled burgers for the guys and salad for me.
Have a blessed day!

Where did you declutter this week?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

    

Dear Friends,
How did you do with the Zone Missions this week? I want to see your progress in your kitchen. Email a picture to me at Tami@TamiFox.com.
Zone 3 is one of my favorite zones because I maintain my bathroom using the swish and swipe method, and I love being able to pick where I am going to declutter. This way, I can target an area that has clutter building, or I can work on a different area each day.
If you are not doing swish and swipe in your bathroom daily, I want you to start now. It’s simple, and it only takes a few minutes each day.
This is how I do mine:
After my daily shower, I wipe the shower walls down with a purple rag. Then I give the tub a quick wipe. Next, I wipe the bathroom counter and sinks. I take a look at the mirror to see if it needs a quick wipe, too. Next, I swish the toilet with a toilet brush and wipe the edge of the toilet with a piece of toilet paper.
This entire process takes me two minutes.
When we have our monthly decluttering and detail cleaning session, I don’t have to do a lot. I basically check supplies and see if I need to toss anything from the cabinets or drawers.
The boys do swish and swipe in their shared bathroom daily as well. I also use that bathroom at some point during the day, so I know if they are doing it or not.
We have hard water with iron in it, and while we filter our water, we still can have stains. Doing swish and swipe helps keep staining to a minimum.
How does your main bathroom look today? What other area did you declutter this week?
Today’s Zone Mission is to mop the bathroom and declutter one other area.
Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is BBQ.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Your Family and Laundry

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Dear Friends,
The FlyLady tells us that a load of laundry per day will keep Mt. Washmore away. This is a routine that I believe in and have been doing for years.
With a larger than normal size family, I have to do three loads of laundry per day to stay caught up.
We have six of us in the house currently, so that means that each person has bedding that needs to be washed weekly. We stage that out throughout the week. I do not wash all of the bedding on one day. It is just too much.
Generally, I will do my bedding one day. My 14-year-old and 11-year old do their bedding on the same day. The older boys do their bedding on their laundry day.
Normally, I have a load of dark clothes each day, and I have a load of towels each day. On Saturday, we have a load of white clothes that get bleached. This week, I did the white load early, so we will have everyone’s white dress shirts ready for the wedding.
In the winter, our clothes are bulkier, and there are times when the boys layer their clothes. So I sometimes I have an extra load here and there of their winter clothes. In the summer, the loads are not as full since our summer clothes are not as heavy.
If you are struggling with your family assisting with their laundry, you can work with them on the stages of doing laundry to make it easier. Have a dark clothes dirty laundry bin, a white clothes bin, and a towel bin.
Teach them to use the sorting system wherever you set it up. I instituted this years ago, and it really helps the process to have them sorted out as they are taken off.
You can set the sorter up in your laundry room or in a bedroom. I keep the towel bin and white clothes bin in my room, and everyone uses them. Then we each have a dirty clothes bin in our bedrooms for dark dirty clothes.
Teenagers can be the worst about tossing dirty clothes on the floor. Many times these dirty clothes get mixed up with clean clothes, and then you have a mess and a lot of extra laundry. Teach your children to use a dresser or chest of drawers for their clothes. Hang as much as possible for the amount of closet space you have available.
Involve you children in the laundry process from a young age. Make it fun to sort, wash, dry, fold, and put away the laundry. Sing songs and talk as you work together. Laundry does not have to be an albatross around your neck.
How many loads of laundry do you do per day?
Your Zone Mission today is to check your bathroom supplies and declutter under the sink. Spend 10 minutes decluttering somewhere else in your house as well.
Your Home Blessing for today is to toss papers and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is tacos and salad.
Have a great day!

How are you doing with your zone missions this week?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

    

 
Dear Friends,
Happy anti-procrastination day! Have you been doing your Zone Missions this week? I have been preparing for overnight guests this weekend. It’s been fun getting the room ready and the bathroom sparkled up.
Normally, I do my menu planning on Thursday night or Friday morning, but this week, I need to do muu menu planning today. Some of the days this weekend have a menu plan already set due to the rehearsal dinner and wedding, but I need to plan the breaskfasts and lunches while we have company.
Whare are some of your favorite meals to cook when you have family? For dinner on Thursday, I am going to do a walking taco bar. If I have leftover meat, I can repurpose it in taco soup or chili. Another way to use leftover taco meat would be to bake potatoes and serve the leftover meat and toppings with the potatoes.
The boys love it when I make baked French Toast, and I might do that for our breakfast the morning of the wedding. I have counted 12 people who will be here for breakfast that morning. So I need to fix something ahead of time that will keep my morning less stressful and be able to feed a large crowd.
In the past, I have also had success with a large quiche with spinach and cheese added to the eggs. It is also something that can be mixed ahead and cooked later. There are many breakfast casserole recipes out there. Do any of you have a tried and true breakfast casserole recipe you want to share?
My zone missions are moving along this week as I have dealt with some Hot Spots and worked my way through all three of our bathrooms. We swish and swipe daily, so detail cleaning and decluttering once a month does not take much time at all.
Tell me your successes this week!
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter items from one drawer in the bathroom.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is lasagna for me with a salad.
Have a great day!

Paper clutter, stuff, and clothes — oh my!

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

    

Dear Friends,
Paper, stuff, and clothes, oh my!
Thank you for your responses to my emails and questions on social media. Most of you have issues with clutter in the form of paper, stuff, or clothes. Paper is a problem for many people because paper comes into our homes on a regular basis.
If you have stacks of papers, you need to realize that you don’t need 80% of it. The problem is sorting it down to the 20% you do need. Having a filing system in place will help you take care of the papers you need to keep. If they are important enough to keep, they are important enough for a filing system.
Set up some basic files based on your tax returm. Most of the papers you need to keep are related to your tax return. A small percentage of the papers you need to keep are for legal matters or homeschool. When you have your files set up, you have a place to file the papers you need to keep.
Next, you need to shred papers that you don’t need that have identifying information on them. You might need to set up a box to put papers to shred and spend 5 to 10 minutes a day using a paper shredder.
If you have piles of paper, start with one small stack. Deal with each piece of paper as you go through the stack. You have three choices — file, trash, or shred. Resist the urge to keep putting a paper back in the stack. If you sort papers into stacks, only do a small amount at a time and deal with those stacks. Don’t restack them to deal with them again later.
The ladies I have talked to over the past two years who have issues with paper have something in common. They keep putting papers back into the system to make a decision later. Meanwhile, their piles of paper continue to grow.
Some of you have papers that have literally been an albatross around your neck for years. You need to let go of these papers. It will take consistency. I talk to ladies who have overcome their paper clutter monster, and I know you can do it, too!
If you are dealing with too much stuff, get some black trash bags. Use them to bag up things to give away. Use them for stuff you need to throw away. You need to be ruthless in getting rid of the clutter that is stealing your joy.
Clothes clutter in your home robs you of your joy and your time. When you have too many clothes, you spend a lot of time managing them. Your kids do not do a good job with their laundry and putting it away when they have too many clothes. You also struggle with putting your own clothes away when you have too many clothes.
Start today with purging clothes while you are doing laundry. Toss the worn out clothes. Put the things that are too small in a bag to donate. By using black trash bags, your kids cannot see what you are throwing out or giving away. My kids will hold onto clothes well past their usefulness. I have had to teach them to let go of clothes that are worn out or two small.
You can keep a few sentimental clothes for your children, but you do not have to hold onto everything single piece of clothing. The same goes for your closet. You can let go of the clothes that don’t fit you well.
This week, we get to pick an extra area to declutter. Do you need to declutter paper, stuff, or clothes?
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
Your Zone Mission for today is to shine your tub/shower and bathroom sink.
My menu plan for Tuesday is spaghetti for the boys. Veggies and salad for me.
Have a blessed day!

Decluttering in the Main Bathroom and One Other Area

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

    

Dear Friends,
Happy Monday to all of you! It’s wedding week in my house! My son is getting married on Saturday, so I am going to use the Zone Missions this week to help work my way around the house as we prepare for company. Where are you going to declutter as the extra area for your Zone Missions?
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 3 Missions: The Main Bathroom and One Extra Room
Monday – Declutter the bathroom counter & wipe down
Tuesday - Shine your tub/shower and bathroom sink
Wednesday - Declutter Items from 1 bathroom drawer
Thursday – Declutter under the sink
Friday – Mop the bathroom
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off!
Your emails and responses to my questions help me and encourage me. I can see progress with many of you with your decluttering and zone missions.
Taking care of your home is a blessing to yourself. As you get rid of the clutter, you start to feel lighter. You feel more peaceful. It starts to rub off on your family. FLY with The FlyLady stands for Finally Loving Yourself. Decluttering and cleaning your home are a part of loving yourself.
Some of you have scars and carry emotional baggage. Some of you are afraid to declutter. You are afraid you are doing it wrong or getting rid of stuff you might need in the future. This is your perfectionism. It’s holding you back.
As my son is getting ready for the next step in his life, we will be going through his things. It may be emotional, but I am happy and blessed by him. I know he is ready for the next step. He has had obstacles in his life, and I am proud of how he overcame them.
Today, I want you to spend 10 minutes decluttering in the area of the house that bothers you the most. Then, spend the other 5 minutes decluttering in your main bathroom.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter and wipe down the bathroom counters.
My menu plan for Monday is grilled burgers for the guys and salad for me.
Have a blessed day!