Decluttering a Little at a Time

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
           

As we are approaching another Holiday, have you bought new clothes for yourself or your children? If so, spend 15 minutes today decluttering as many clothing items as you purchased. If you have a frame of mind to let go of one item each time you bring a new one in, you will stay on top of clutter.

If you have a lot of excess, you might need to let go of two things for each new thing. Letting go is sometimes hard for children. They have favorite clothes and toys. Just keep encouraging them to let go of things that are worn out or outgrown. Set the example by letting go of things you no longer need.

Allow your children to keep a certain number of items for sentimental reasons and establish how it is to be stored. Once they hit the limit on storage space, then you can talk to them about letting go of things again. Each of my children has a special blanket, stuffed animal, and the outfit he or she wore home from the hospital. Then, they each have a small box of special toys. The older ones have taken their things, except for the box of school papers I saved for my daughter. I still have it.

Don’t hang onto all of their used school books and school papers. Share the books you don’t need any longer with someone else. Take pictures of their artwork and share it with others.

If you have a box or boxes from your childhood, take a look at it one day. There are things there you have not seen for years. Do you still want to hold on to it?
Have you moved and not unpacked some of the boxes? You probably have some clutter you can let go of fairly painlessly. If it has been boxed up for more than a year, and you have not used it, you can likely get rid of it.

Do you have boxes hiding in your Master closet that you have been avoiding decluttering? Pull one out this week and get rid of it.

Tell me where your biggest area of clutter is. Spend 2 minutes a day decluttering items in this area.

Your Zone Mission today is to declutter in the school room and purge papers.

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

My menu plan for Wednesday is taco soup.

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 http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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