Showing Love

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As we approach February, it’s hard to ignore the stuff in the store for Valentine’s Day. This year think about how you can show love without giving people stuff. We can spend time with our loved ones. We can do something for them. Our time is the best present of all.

My husband and I do not go out on Valentine’s Day on a date. I plan a special family meal. I use the pretty plates and glassware. I bake cookies. Sometimes, we make each other Valentine’s Card or write letters to one another. One year, my husband and I wrote things we love about each other and gave that as gifts. (Yes, I do appreciate chocolate, too, but I still have the letters and not the chocolate.)

You can do this with your spouse and your children. You can plan ahead and make cards for grandparents and special people in your life with your children. Remember those who lost a spouse this year and send them a note or plan a visit and take them cookies or candy.

You can spread love throughout the month, and it does not have to be a commercialized holiday. Love is something to celebrate all year long!

Tell me how you can show love.

Zone Missions: The Living Room, Entryway, Dining Room, and Front Porch
Monday – Declutter the Living Room

Tuesday – Detail dust and vacuum the Living Room

Wednesday –  Declutter the Entryway

Thursday – Declutter the Dining Room

Friday – Sweep the Front Porch

Menu Plan for Monday – Hamburgers with a side salad

Weekly Home Blessing – Wash the Sheets

Daily Routines:

Home:
  • 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.
  • Daily Movement for 15 Minutes

School: Read aloud as a family.


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
Family Fun: Take a nature walk today.
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 the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Make it Fun – Getting Organized

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Happy Friday!

Have you been making your daily tasks and routines fun? You can create all kinds of games to make cleaning fun.

For instance, it’s Friday, and your house might have more than one area that needs to be straightened up. Write down the names of these areas on pieces of paper. Draw out one at a time, and have a game of Freeze Tag. Whatever area you call out, everyone goes to that room and does a 15 minute Room Rescue. If you beat the clock, then you get to play until the timer goes off.

Get a drink of water and draw another slip of paper. Repeat the game until you have 4 areas decluttered and straightened. By having these rooms picked up, you are ready for an enjoyable weekend without worrying about these areas.

Doing your Home Blessings will go much faster if your rooms are picked up and maintained.

You can change the game around from week to week. You can have a Clue Game and have them guess the room that they are going to rescue. I have a game spinner app on my phone, and I spin the wheel. I have set up the pieces of the wheel to reflect the 5 Zones of the house.

You can make it fun! Send me your best game ideas!

Have a great weekend!

Zone Mission: Clean under your bed

Weekly Home Blessing: Take out the Trash, Sweep, and Mop

 
Menu Plan: Rotisserie Pizza and salad

 

Routines:

 

Home:
  • 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.

School:

  • Have a fun day!
 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
  • Loving movement for 15 Minutes

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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Why did you decide to homeschool? Getting Organized

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Let’s make today’s post more interactive. Tell me why you decided to homeschool.

In 1998 and 1999, I had 3 children. Our daughter went to public school. Our second child went to preschool. I missed them when they were gone, and I never enjoyed the time of re-acclimation that happened each day when they got home from school. I started reading about homeschooling, and I talked to my husband about homeschooling. We both liked the idea, but we did not know anyone who homeschooled.

In 2000, I was pregnant with baby #4, and in August I sent my two oldest children to school. It did not go well for my son from day 1 in kindergarten. He was a hand-on learner. He liked to ask questions. He played hard like most boys. He did not fit the mold they had for him. I did not want to medicate him to get him through the day. As a family, we made the decision to homeschool him.

Our daughter did not want to be homeschooled at that time, and I wanted to focus on getting him started off in kindergarten. I also had a toddler to care for as well, and I was 5 months pregnant. Within six weeks of our homeschool journey beginning, our daughter asked to be homeschooled as well. So we set up our homeschool to accommodate all of our children. I felt like I got my children back. I truly missed them when they were at school.

Since our beginning year of homeschooling, we have not looked back. This has been an amazing journey. I have been able to tailor their education to meet their needs. My two oldest have jobs they love.

Email me and tell me your story.

Have a wonderful day!

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Zone Mission – Declutter 1 dresser drawer

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Declutter Paper/Magazines

 
Menu Plan for Thursday: Chicken and salad

Routines:

Home:
  • 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.

School:

  • Play a game with your children
 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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Quiet Time – Getting Organized

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Do you have a regular time of quiet in your home? Children need a time of quiet in their lives each day, and adults do, too. As children age out of nap time, you can still train them to have quiet time each day for 15 to 30 minutes.

This time can be used as a reading time for them, or they can listen quietly to music. Up until age 10, you can institute afternoon quiet time. As they get closer to the teen years, it’s a little harder to encourage.

For 15 minutes after lunch, I use this time for quiet reading for myself that does not have anything to do with school work. The boys use it for fun reading time.

If you have young ones, this gives you a short amount of quiet in the house for them to fall asleep for nap time.

This is a time of refreshment for you before you start your afternoon routines. Try it and let me know how it goes. If you have not done something like this before, you may need to set a timer. This will help you keep track of it. You just tell the children that they need to read quietly for 15 minutes.

Have a great day!

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Zone Mission – Declutter shoes for 15 minutes

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Wipe Windows and Mirrors

 
Menu Plan for Wednesday: spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad

Routines:

Home:
  • 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.

School:

  • Get out some art supplies and be creative with your children.
 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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Maintaining – Getting Organized

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How to you get to the point of just maintaining your home?

This was a question I was asked recently. For many of us, when we start decluttering, we are wading through years of stuff. How do we get through all of it and get to the “maintenance” part?

Consistency. Consistency. Consistency.

Every time you bring something into the house, you need to get rid of 1 to 2 items.

Every month, I work in the same Zones as you do. I still declutter.

Why do I still have to declutter?

In my house, we have 6 people. That is 6 times the opportunity to bring stuff into the house. That is 6 times the opportunity for the clutter to accumulate.

By systematically decluttering, I do not let the clutter take over my home. I only spend a few minutes a day decluttering. When I first started, I would spend the entire 15 minutes decluttering. Now, it goes much faster.

Today, I will declutter something from my closet. I will open the door, and I will quickly scan through my hanging clothes. If I see something that I don’t wear anymore, I will pull it out and put it in my donate box. If I see something that does not fit me, I give it away. I want to feel good in the clothes I wear, and I do not want to hang onto clothes that do not make me feel good.

Clothing is a big source of clutter in many homes. Work in small steps to reduce the amount of clothes you have for yourself and for your children. Do not empty closets and drawers and make a big mess. Just do it in small steps and be consistent. You can even declutter clothing when you are folding laundry.

Remember, decluttering is just for a few minutes each day.

Please email me if you have questions.

 

Zone Mission: Declutter in your closet.

Weekly Home Blessings of the Day: Quick Dust and Vacuum

Menu Plan for Tuesday: Taco Tuesday and a side salad

 

If you need more help with organizing your home and homeschool, you can download  The FlyLady’s Homeschool Teacher and Homeschool Student Control Journals for free.

Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment
 
Home:
  • 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.
  • Clean out your refrigerator. Toss the science experiments.
  • Spend 15 minutes loving movement.

School: Ask your children what interests them. Pick up some library books on the topic.

 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
  • Write up a menu plan for the next 7 days. Check your pantry and freezer and make a grocery list. This habit will save you time and money. Try out some new recipes with the slow cooker. It will save you time once you start back to your school schedule.
Family Fun: Take your children for a walk.
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 the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Winter Blahs – Getting Organized

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This time of year, many of us have the winter blahs. I think it comes from getting less sunlight and vitamin D and the let-down that comes after the busy season in December. In January, your schedule gets a little more sane, and you aren’t going from event to event. You may have also realized that some of the curriculum you have been using does not work well for your family.

If you find that you have lost your “zing” for your homeschool year, then look at how you can change that. Do you need to look for a supplemental class or a field trip? Do you need to look for a different curriculum? Do you just need to add some fun to your school day?

One thing that I have found to help me stay encouraged in the winter months is to meet with my local homeschool moms. We can talk about the things we struggle with and help one another. I have been a part of my local homeschool mom’s group since 2002. It has helped me in so many ways, and I love that it continues on to help the moms who are in the group this year.

Homeschooling can make you miss adult interaction at times, so set up a meet up with some of your homeschool mom friends. Enjoy coffee and dessert and talk to one another. It will help you, and it will help them, too.

This week we are decluttering the Master Bedroom. Take a look at the missions for this week and try to do them daily. You deserve a beautiful, peaceful bedroom.

Zone Missions: The Master Bedroom
Monday – Declutter the flat surfaces and detail dust

Tuesday – Declutter in your closet for 15 minutes

Wednesday –  Declutter shoes

Thursday – Declutter 1 dresser drawer

Friday – Clean under your bed

Menu Plan for Monday – Hamburgers with a side salad

Weekly Home Blessing – Wash the Sheets

Daily Routines:

Home:
  • 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.
  • Daily Movement for 15 Minutes

School: Read aloud as a family.


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
Family Fun: Take a nature walk today.
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 the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Being Thankful – Getting Organized

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Happy Friday!

In honor of my birthday today, I have put together a list of the things I am thankful for. This is a great exercise to see your blessings written out.

49 Things I am Thankful For:
1)      Jesus
2)      My Bible
3)      Prayer
4)      My husband – Jonathan
5)      My children: Ashley & Cass
6)      Nick & Tricia
7)      Jacob
8)      Daniel
9)      Quinton
10)   Ben
11)   My parents: My mom who is my rock and my friend.
12)   My dad and step-mom who love me unconditionally.
13)   My birth family for choosing life for me
14)   My brothers, sister, nieces and nephews
15)   My extended family
16)   My friends who keep me straight and love me
17)   My friends who are family to me
18)   My virtual friends who bring happiness to my days
19)   The freedom to homeschool my children
20)   Another birthday
21)   A warm house
22)   God’s provision for my needs: Food
23)   Clothes
24)   Shoes
25)   Transportation
26)   Good health
27)   My church and my church family
28)   My job and the people I work with
29)   My freedom
30)   Faith
31)   Love
32)   Hope
33)   Laughter
34)   Joy
35)   Peace
36)   The ability to communicate
37)   Music
38)   Art and a colorful world to live in
39)   The change of seasons
40)   Having fun and playing with my kids
41)   Running
42)   The encouragers in my life
43)   The people who are truthful in my life
44)   Being outside to enjoy God’s creation
45)   Living in a first world country where I have hot and cold running water and indoor plumbing
46)   Appliances that help me take care of my family
47)   A good night’s sleep
48)   The beach
49)   The mountains

What are you thankful for?

Have a great weekend!

Zone Mission: 27 Fling Boogie through the House (find 27 things to throw away and give away)

Weekly Home Blessing: Take out the Trash, Sweep, and Mop

 
Menu Plan: Rotisserie Chicken and salad

 

Routines:

 

Home:
  • 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.

School:

  • Have a fun day!
 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
  • Loving movement for 15 Minutes

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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Historic Moments – Getting Organized

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You may have noticed during the election that I did not post political posts. I taught my children about the election process in the fall, and I shared a lot of those ideas with you. It is important that our children understand how officials are elected in this country, in our state, and in our local area. They will be a part of the process one day.

Tomorrow is a historic day, and that is not just because it is my birthday. (smile) January 20 is inauguration day in this country. Talk to your children about it. Look up facts about inauguration day. One of our Presidents got pneumonia from walking in terrible weather during his inauguration and died a few months later. There are some fascinating facts about the inauguration. I have watched most of them since Jimmy Carter was inaugurated.

Whether you agree with the outcome of the election, teach your children about the process. Watch the inauguration. Talk about the difference in the type of government we have compared to other countries.

Pray for our country and our leaders.

God, please bless the USA!

Have a wonderful day!

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Zone Mission – Declutter One Area of Your Home

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Declutter Paper/Magazines

 
Menu Plan for Thursday: Chicken stir fry and salad

Routines:

Home:
  • 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.

School:

  • Play a game with your children
 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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Decluttering for Safety – Getting Organized

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Decluttering can help you maintain a safe home. Not only does getting rid of clutter help make you home safer, it also helps when you declutter and dispose of expired products.

Did you know that your cosmetics and your medications both have expiration dates? Today, I want you to spend 15 minutes decluttering your medicine cabinet. Check expiration labels. Find a safe way to dispose of expired medications. Because I have done in home health care, I learned that I can use kitty litter, a little water, and a plastic bag to dispose of expired medications.

First, I collect the expired medications. Then, I get out the kitty litter, water, and a trash bag. I usually do this in the bathroom sink. I just open the trash bag up and place it in the sink. Then I add kitty litter, dump the expired medication, pour water over it, and then put a little more kitty litter on it. I close the bag well and mix the stuff in the bag. Then, I just put this in the regular trash.

The water and kitty litter break down the medications. This is a safer method of disposal than just putting them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet. We live in the country and have a septic tank, so I am cautious about what goes into the septic tank.

Check your cosmetics, too. Dispose of any that have expired. You are going to enjoy your decluttered bathroom!

Have a great day!

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Zone Mission – Declutter the Medicine Cabinet

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Wipe Windows and Mirrors

 
Menu Plan for Wednesday: Cheeseburger Bake, garlic bread, and salad

Routines:

Home:
  • 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.

School:

  • Get out some art supplies and be creative with your children.
 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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How does one drawer help? Getting Organized

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How does decluttering a drawer help you get organized?

This thought has probably been in your mind. Today’s mission is to declutter a bathroom drawer or cabinet. You wonder how in the world decluttering one drawer is going to help you with all you have going on in your day.

By decluttering a bathroom drawer, you are making a step forward in organizing your home. Small steps like this will add up over time.

Once you throw the trash and expired products from your drawer, you will have more storage space in your bathroom. My swish and swipe every morning goes faster because I do not keep my stuff on the counter. I keep it in the drawers and cabinet.

You know when you are running out of toothpaste and floss if you keep your bathroom drawers decluttered.

Next month, you won’t have much to declutter in the drawer you did this month, so you can move on to another area in the bathroom. Once you go through all of the drawers and cabinets, you will circle back and start again. You will be surprised at how you will find something each month to toss.

As you develop the habit of decluttering monthly, you will maintain areas that you have decluttered. Your home will be free of chaos. You just have to be consistent and intentional each day to follow along with the Zone Mission.

Remember, it is just for a few minutes each day.

Please email me if you have questions.

 

Zone Mission: Declutter 1 Bathroom Drawer or Cabinet

Weekly Home Blessings of the Day: Quick Dust and Vacuum

Menu Plan for Tuesday: Taco Tuesday and a side salad

 

If you need more help with organizing your home and homeschool, you can download  The FlyLady’s Homeschool Teacher and Homeschool Student Control Journals for free.

Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment
 
Home:
  • 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.
  • Clean out your refrigerator. Toss the science experiments.
  • Spend 15 minutes loving movement.

School: Consider a fun topic to study

 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
  • Write up a menu plan for the next 7 days. Check your pantry and freezer and make a grocery list. This habit will save you time and money. Try out some new recipes with the slow cooker. It will save you time once you start back to your school schedule.
Family Fun: Take your children for a walk.
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 the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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