Decluttering versus Renovations – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Do you watch home improvement shows on television? I enjoy watching them, and I am struck with how clean and fresh to homes look after a big renovation. Sometimes, they show how the owners live before a renovation. Usually, they have a lot of clutter and too much stuff everywhere. If you are wanting to make your house look different and do a home renovation, I suggest decluttering and working on your routines first. If you do a renovation and love how everything looks, you also have to be able to maintain it. If you don’t, you will be back to living a cluttered life.

People are surprised that I continually declutter. I also move things around often. I switch out seasonal decorations. I change my silk flowers. Just a little decluttering and switching furniture and decorations can make you feel like you did a renovation. It can change the look of everything.

Another area to reign in clutter in your home is your homeschool materials. Most homeschoolers like to collect things — books, paper, supplies, accessories, etc. Only allow yourself to keep the amount of materials that you can easily store. If you have piles of papers and crates and stacks of books everywhere, you need to thin down what you have. Consider how many bookshelves you have in your home. They are dust collectors. I have slowly decluttered books and reduced the number of bookshelves in my home. I am continually thinning out my book collection. I rotate through history and science topics every 4 years, but I am coming close to finishing the rotation as my youngest child is growing up fast!

Start a box to put things you are not using and donate regularly. You can give your home a fresh, clean look by decluttering a little bit daily.


Zone Mission – Clean out the fridge.

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Declutter Paper/Magazines

Menu Plan for Thursday: Baked Chicken and Salad


  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.


  • Do a fun Christmas craft
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • 15 minutes of loving movement

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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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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