Using Your Timer to Help You Declutter

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Dear Friends,
How many of you have a kitchen junk drawer or two?
Kitchen junk drawers become a catch all for stuff. Usually, you decide to clean it out because you can’t open or close it easily. I want you to be proactive with your junk drawer. I want you to clean it out and purge deeply. I would guess that most of it can be trashed.
Get your timer and trash can out. Set the timer for 15 minutes, Start taking things out a little at a time. Either put it in the trash, in a put away box, or in a giveaway box. Resist the urge to dump it on the counter. I know that is what you want to do. But you are going to do this for 15 minutes and walk away.
I want you to practice working on projects a little at a time to help you overcome perfectionism. If you don’t finish, just leave your boxes there. You can go back later in the day and do another 15 minute session.
Currently, I am cleaning out and decluttering my kitchen cabinets 15 minutes at a time. That is all the time I have to work on decluttering each day. I do not have all day because then my routines will not get done. I can only work on one cabinet at a time.
Many of you have talked to me at homeschool conferences about struggling with keeping your routines going when you homeschool and do other projects. This is how I do it. I use my timer and am disciplined to move on when it goes off.
If I decided to do a big, 8-hour clean out project, I would not get laundry done or food fixed, and I wouldn’t have time to move other things along. I also wouldn’t have time to homeschool my kids either.
Learning to add in decluttering projects takes patience with yourself and with that voice in your head that wants you to stop everything and do it from start to finish right then.
Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter your plastic wraps, foils, etc.
Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

My menu plan for Thursday is chicken, potatoes, and a salad.

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 Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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