Where do I start?

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

Welcome to a new week! Are you ready to make your kitchen sparkle this week with me? When your kitchen sparkles, you are going to smile and feel great.

These missions are meant to take 10 to 15 minutes. Please do not empty a drawer or cabinet if it will take more than 15 minutes to sort and organize.

Zone 2 Missions: The Kitchen

Monday – Declutter & Wipe the Kitchen Counters
Tuesday – Declutter items from 1 drawer
Wednesday – Decutter leftovers from the fridge
Thursday – Declutter items from 1 cabinet
Friday – Wipe stove top & microwave

Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off!

Several of my friends are dealing with big things in their lives — sick parents, sick children, sick themselves, and more. One friend said each week brings a new crisis. I can remember feeling that way at times.

There are a few things around the house that are my priorities when life seems to be throwing a lot of curve balls. The first is my kitchen and kitchen sink. If my sink is clean, I feel good. If my kitchen is clean, I feel more peace. So I make it a priority to clean my kitchen even if the rest of the house is in disarray. This is where I start.

When I am sick, my family knows how much it means to me to have a clean kitchen, and they will keep it clean for me. It gives them joy to bless me in this way.

My second priority is the laundry. With a large family, it is not good if we get behind on the laundry. I can throw load of laundry into the washer first thing in the morning or just before bed at night. This is not my preference, but it is how I handle it when life is really busy.

If I start a load at night, I put a sticky note on my computer to switch it to the dryer first thing in the morning. I have not had any issues with it smelling bad from an overnight washing. I have used the delay wash feature, too. That way it finishes the spin cycle right before I get up in the morning.

Just these two things make me feel peaceful when life feels less than peaceful. If you are struggling with where to start, I want you to start in your kitchen. Use your timer and spend 15 minutes. You might not finish everything, but you are taking the first step.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.

Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter your kitchen counters and wipe them down.

My menu plan for Monday is pork chops.

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 Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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