Decluttering and Detail Cleaning Your Master Bedroom

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,
Welcome to Zone 4 this week! We are going to declutter in the Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom this week. Your Master Bedroom sometimes turns into a catch all for things that do not have a place. The FlyLady calls this your stash and dash. You know the stuff you stash because someone is coming over to your house. This week, you are going to find a place for this stuff, or you need to give it away. You will rest better if your bedroom is clean and decluttered.
Zone 3 Missions: The Master Bedroom
Monday – Declutter & Dust Flat Surfaces
Tuesday – Deal with stash & dash in your room
Wednesday – Declutter In the Master Closet
Thursday – Declutter items from one dresser drawer
Friday – Clean under the bed
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off! If you did not declutter and detail clean in your Master Bathroom last week, spend 5 minutes a day this week in there as well.
You can also give your children missions to declutter and clean their bedrooms. For children, you need to be concrete in what you ask them to do in their rooms. If you tell them to clean their rooms, they don’t really know what to do. But if you tell them to pick up the floor, they know exactly what your expectation is. Use a timer and don’t send them to clean for hours.
You might want you use a list of 5 things to do in their rooms and draw one per day. Some ideas would be to:
  • Pick up the floor
  • Clear off flat surfaces
  • Wash their bedding
  • Put away clothes
  • Take out the trash
  • Put away toys/games/books
  • Clean their bathroom if they have one
  • Clean off their desktop if they have a desk in their room
  • Wipe their windows or mirror
  • Dust their room
You don’t have to assign them all of this, but you can use it for ideas.

The FlyLady has a Student Control Journal that helps your children develop routines and part of that is in cleaning their rooms.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.

Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter flat surfaces in your bedroom and detail dust.

My menu plan for Monday is beef stew.

Have a blessed day!

Finishing Up Your Zone Missions and Home Blessings

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,
Today we are finishing up our zone missions, and for some of us, we are also finishing up the Weekly Home Blessings. If you are thinking about putting these off until tomorrow, I want you to set your timer and do what you can right now. Involve your children in whatever you need to do around the house. You might need an hour or so, but it will be worth it when you can enjoy your weekend.
If you have been in the habit of cleaning house and doing big projects on Saturday, I want you to work on getting your zone missions and Home Blessings done during the week. If you need to do a home project, such as painting, only tie up your weekend time once in a while to do this. Don’t spend every Saturday in project mode.
Plan your Family Fun Day activities. One of the ladies I talk to each week takes suggestions from each family member for activities. Then, they take turns each weekend doing one of these activities.
Having fun as a family is important. It builds your family bond. It also gives everyone something to look forward to each week. It’s the reward for everyone.
Another thing that really helps me enjoy my weekend is to have my menu planning and shopping finished. I typically do my menu planning on Thursday, and I grocery shop on Friday afternoon. This takes a lot of decisions off my plate for the weekend. We know what we are eating, and we know what things need to be moved from the freezer to defrost.
Having my menu planned for the week and the groceries on hand also helps me on Monday morning when I start my week off. One of the first things I do on Monday morning is check the menu plan and make sure I have things ready to prepare.
Menu planning truly saves you time and money. It also helps you keep your stress level lower. Sit down for a few minutes today and work on a menu plan for next week. Consider foods you can cook in bulk if you have some busy days ahead.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Today’s Zone Mission is to shine your tub or shower.

Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is take out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Decluttering and Organizing Your Homeschool Materials

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

How does your homeschool look? Do you have a place for everything, or is it all over the house?

Today, I want you to declutter and organize your homeschool materials. Since I have homeschooled for 18 years, I have had to reign in the amount of homeschool books, materials, papers, and craft supplies that I have on hand.

You can have too much stuff. Sometimes, you have so much stuff that you miss using things that would be beneficial to your children. I talked to a friend just this week who decluttered many books because they did not have a place for everything. She could not find what she wanted to use.

Periodically I go through my school materials and declutter. I have a box right now that I need to drop off this week for a volunteer tutoring center. This year I have also decluttered craft supplies and given them to a friend who is a preschool teacher. Her class was happy to have some new materials, and I was happy to reclaim some space in my cabinet.

You have curriculum that you purchased that did not work for your children. You have not let it go because you paid for it, and the guilt you have for not using it is keeping you from blessing someone else with it.

Pull those books to the side, and check with your homeschool friends. Maybe you can have a curriculum swap party.

Don’t empty your cabinet and bookshelves all at once, but start today with 15 minutes of decluttering excess school materials. If you start now, it will make it easier to put together your curriculum list for next year.

Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter items from your homeschool collection.

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.

Have a great day!

Financial Planning and Budgeting

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

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Dear Friends,
Happy Valentine’s Day! Have a wonderful day with your family. You have been working on the baby steps to taking care of yourself and are on your journey to FLYing (Finally Loving Yourself.)

This time of the year has most of us gathering paperwork for taxes and looking at our budgets. Did you know The FlyLady has free download to help you with your finances?

You will find the Financial Awareness Continually Empowering (FACE) Control Journal on her website.

She has great tips and missions to help you with budgeting and menu planning. Several of the ladies I talk to regularly are going through this now. They are finding it helpful in their journey to setting up a budget.

Your budget is something you might not want to face, but it is important that you know where your money is going. It will help you make decisions for your family. One of the biggest areas that we control our spending is in food costs. Menu planning will save you time an money.
If your budget is tight and you are depressed about it, the journal addresses that type of thinking as well. Look for blessings in each day. Practice thankfulness in the lean times. I know it is hard.
For homeschoolers, we also need to establish an education budget for books and supplies for our children. Now is a good time to start talking about your book purchases for next school year. Make a list of your needs and your wants for homeschool books. Research prices and availability of the items you want. If you go to a homeschool conference this spring, you will be prepared for it. You do not have to impulse shop at a homeschool bookfair.
What are some things that have helped you with budgeting and saving money?
Your Zone Mission today is to put away all of the laundry and declutter in the laundry room.

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

My menu plan for Wednesday is soup and sandwiches.

Have a great day!

A New Homeschool Planner For You

Getting Organized:
In Your Home and Homeschool

Dear Friends,

How is your homeschool planning and organization going? As we are moving along after Christmas break, we sometimes lose the zeal for lesson planning. I have a new resource for you that will help you with your homeschool organization and your home organization.

My Homeschool Planner is currently in production and will be available in the next couple of weeks. I am doing a pre-sale of them at a reduced price. The retail price is $22.95, but I am selling them for $19.95 as a special for you.

They will be spiral bound, so they can be easily opened for you to view the pages easily. It combines your lesson plans with your daily home keeping routines, menu planning, and more!

You can use this planner with one student or up to 4 students.

Includes: Homeschool Planning Pages Daily Routine Pages Monthly Planning Pages Menu Planning Reading List Transcript Attendance Website Passwords Notes

What I have learned over the years is to keep my routines simple. I don’t add a lot of things to my routines. That way I don’t forget to do something important to the running of my day.

Homeschooling is an important part of your day. Setting up for a good start to your morning starts the night before. Your Before Bed Routine is important even if you don’t have to leave the house the next morning. Laying out your clothes will help you move through your Morning Routine faster, and they will be ready if something unforseen pops up.

Getting to bed at a decent hour at night will help you get up on time the next morning. It will help you start your day off in a more peaceful way if you can get up at least 15 minutes before your children get up. I know that is harder if you have little ones, but having time to have a cup of coffee or tea before the children get up will help you start off the day without someone needing something right off the bat.

Developing the habit of daily paperwork and decluttering will help your homeschool run smoother. How many times have your children misplaced a paper or book? By looking at their papers and filing or tossing the papers daily, you will have less stuff for them to lose.

Our Morning Routine goes smoothly now because I spent the time with developing the routines with my children. I don’t think my boys consider the steps to the Morning Routine. They just do it.

Take heart if your children are little, and you feel like you are always reminding them of their routines. Use pictures and check off sheets. Post them in a visible place. You can make it fun with stickers for them to mark the things as they do them.

Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.

Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter under the bathroom sink.

My menu plan for Tuesday is breakfast for dinner.

Have a blessed day!

Bless Yourself and Your Family with a Decluttered Home

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,
How is your daily habit of decluttering a little at a time going? Some of you have been resistant to decluttering daily because you don’t want to make decisions on what to do with your stuff.

You avoid dealing with declutter paper because you might need one of the papers you declutter one day in the future. Be intentional this week on decluttering a little bit each day. Take advantage of this week’s Extra Room Mission. Declutter somewhere you have been avoiding.

Zone 3 Missions: The Main Bathroom and One Extra Room
Monday – Declutter & Wipe the Bathroom Counters
Tuesday – Declutter items from under the Bathroom Sink
Wednesday – Declutter In the Laundry Room and put away Laundry
Thursday – Declutter items from the Home Office
Friday – Shine the Tub/Shower
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off
If you work at decluttering more stuff, it will make doing your Weekly Home Blessings easier. The Home Blessings should go faster if you have the floors picked up. What bogs us down on doing the Home Blessings is that we have to pick up before we start.
Have a place for everything. Teach your children to put things away when they are done with them. Pick up behind yourself. Set up files for papers if you have stacks of papers sitting around the house.
If you have followed along with my daily list for Home Blessings, you will notice that I have them divided out throughout the week. I started with my trash day on Friday, and I built the rest of the week around that. On Monday, I do my sheets. During the rest of the week, the boys do their sheets.
On Tuesday, I dust quickly, and one of the boys vacuums the one little area rug that we have. (Most of our home is laminate flooring or tile.)
On Wednesday, I do a quick wipe of the windows and mirrors. They just need a quick swipe. I use a wet FlyLady purple cloth and a dry one.
On Thursday, I declutter magazines or catalogues. I also spend a few minutes on decluttering paper.
Friday we don’t have a full school day since the boys do extra school work Monday through Thursday, we finish up the last of our Home Blessings. The boys gather the trash, and we work as a team to sweep and mop.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.

Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter the bathroom counters and wipe them down.

My menu plan for Monday is beef stew.

Love yourself and love your family with a decluttered home.

Have a blessed day!

Keep Your Zone Missions Short and Sweet

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,
How does your kitchen look today? The daily Zone Missions are designed to be quick and easy, and I want you to feel successful with them. If you have a co-op day each week, you are doing great with only 4 missions a week. Please see yourself as a success if you are consistently doing 3 or more Zone Missions a week.
Some days you are going to be busy, and you are not going to be able to do much more than your daily routines. I have homeschooled long enough to know that you will have rough days for your schedule. It is okay. It is normal. You are not going to bat a homerun every single day of the week with your routines and missions. You have to give yourself grace on the less than great days.
One of the ladies I talk to each week told me that it helps her when I share that my days are not always easy. They do not always go according to plan. I have had entire school years that did not go according to plan. We got through it anyway. We grew. We learned. We progressed. It was just different than what I imagined.
Having two teen boys and one pre-teen boy in the house keeps me busy. Today I am writing you from their afternoon activity. They are skating, and I am writing to you. It’s loud here. I am interrupted a lot, and I would not change a thing about it.
Someone was talking about putting certain foods away in a different place to keep her teenagers from eating it all. You know what? Sometimes I hide my food, too. With eating gluten-free, I have certain “treats” that I enjoy, and by the time the end of the week rolls around, the boys are less picky about what snacks they eat. They just like to eat! So I keep my gluten-free foods and snacks in a different cabinet. They know not to eat any of them without checking with me.
One of my sons ate an entire pack of cookies once in one sitting! That’s when I decided it was okay to put my treats in a different location.
Today is the last day of our weekly missions. If you have not done a mission this week, I want you to do one today.
Let me know what you struggle with the most. I will talk about it next week.
Today’s Zone Mission is to wipe your stove top and microwave.

Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is take out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

How do your kitchen cabinets look?

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

This week we have been focusing on the kitchen. Do you have a kitchen cabinet or two that are in disarray? Kitchen cabinets take a lot of abuse from us. We throw things in them. We close doors quickly so things don’t fall out. We duck when we open a certain cabinet. You know what I am talking about.

Last fall, we did a kitchen renovation. I emptied my cabinets to refinish them. In 28 years, I have never emptied my kitchen cabinets. I found things that have sat in the same place for 28 years and never been used.
As I went through my cabinets, I decluttered a lot of stuff. I did not let sentiment dictate that I keep something that I had never used. I donated many things. Hopefully, someone else is using them now.

You do not need to empty your cabinets, but I do want you to pick the cabinet with the most clutter. Set your timer for 15 minutes and purge the stuff you are not using. If you have a large collection of plastic storage containers, try to thin that down. I got rid of half of mine, and I have not missed them.

You might have a cabinet with a lot of your disposable (paper) products. Sometimes that cabinet gets messy. Declutter and organize those items. Then write down the things you are out of or running low.

Each month I will remind you to declutter in one cabinet, so you will have time over the course of the year to work your way through your cabinets. Start with one and work your way down the line each month.

It is possible to declutter in small steps and be successful in getting rid of things.

Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter items from one kitchen cabinet.

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.

Have a great day!

Are you decluttering a little each day?

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Dear Friends,
The Habit of the Month with The FlyLady is to declutter a little bit each day. This does not have to be a big event. It should be a part of your routine at some point in the day. It does not matter when you do it. What matters is that you do it.
As homeschoolers, we have a lot of stuff in our homes. We have books, papers, supplies, manipulatives, and the usual stuff you need to run a home.
We have too much stuff. We hold onto things in case we will need them again in the future. Sometimes years pass, and we are still holding onto things. Take a few minutes and go around your home and take some pictures. Take a look at the pictures and see where the clutter is. You will spot clutter much faster in a picture. You have gotten used to seeing certain things in certain places. You grow immune to seeing the clutter.
Make a plan on how you want to attack your clutter. If you have a lot of clutter, you need to declutter separately from your Zone Missions. You will get rid of more clutter quickly if you declutter daily for 15 minutes. Then do a quick Zone Mission at a different time of the day.
Many of you are procrastinating decluttering because you want a whole day to declutter and clean. In reality, you do not have a whole day to do this. You will see small amount of progress if you commit to daily decluttering.
Use your calendar to check off each day that you spend 15 minutes decluttering. Reward yourself with a few minutes of putting your feet up and sipping your favorite beverage. Relaxing is an important part of your day, too. You need to take care of yourself, so you can take care of your family.
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter leftovers from the fridge.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is spaghetti and a salad.

Have a great day!

Do you have a kitchen junk drawer?

Getting Organized:
In Your Home and Homeschool

Dear Friends,

How many of you have a junk drawer in your kitchen? I used to have two junk drawers in my kitchen. When one drawer was not enough, I started using a second drawer. For years, things floated around in these two drawers. Who really knows what was in there.

In the fall, we did a kitchen renovation, and I emptied both junk drawers. Most of the stuff in these drawers was just dumped in the trash. I sorted through the rest of the items, and I found new homes for them.

Now I don’t have a junk drawer in my kitchen. I put the tools in a toolbox. I put the batteries in another drawer that was easier to control. (If you have children who use a lot of batteries, you know what I am talking about.) I put the pens and pencils in my school cabinet.

Now I have two drawers that I am better using for my kitchen supplies. I also added a wire rack inside of one of the lower cabinet doors. It holds my plastic wrap and aluminum foil. I installed another wire holder inside of an upper cabinet door, and it holds my most used spices. It is handy near my stove, but it is out of sight when the cabinet is closed.

As soon as you finish reading this email, I want you to set your timer for 15 minutes and start decluttering items from your junk drawer. Don’t empty it. Just move the trash can near the drawer and toss stuff into it.

Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.

Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter items from the junk drawer.

My menu plan for Tuesday is taco Tuesday.

Have a blessed day!