Works for Me Wednesday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Do you have a tip that can help someone else with scheduling, cleaning, school, or cooking? What works for you? I read a post from a homeschool mom today who had a great day of school with her children, but she was asking for help on how to also get dinner on the table. Being a homeschool mom is a job. You are sacrificing the time you would have to cook and clean, and yet you still need to do these things, too. Add to it the fact that you are at home with your children more than the average working family with children in school away from the home. More messes are made. More food and meal prep is needed. How do you fit it all in one day?

If you have been following my posts over the summer, you know my go-to kitchen helper is my slow cooker. I did a once-a-month freezer preparation in June. I saved time and money by using this technique. Now that our school year is off to a great start, I would likely schedule a day to make 5 to 10 freezer meals versus 23 to 25 meals. Even though the plan I used said it would take 3 hours to prepare the freezer meals, it took me longer than that. Using my slow cooker on a busy is a huge help in providing us a healthy meal on a budget.

Cleaning the house and laundry are also necessary in our weekly schedule. I do two loads of laundry per day. The only day I do more than two loads is Monday. That is the day I wash sheets. We have five beds, so that means additional laundry one day a week. The boys help me with laundry. They can wash their own laundry, and they can wash their sheets. So I do share in the load of laundry (pun intended). As you know from my posts, I clean our home with the boys’ help on Monday morning. This is just a part of our weekly schedule. If that does not work for you, switch it to a different day of the week. You might want to do one or two things per day rather than all of them on one day. Just don’t put your Home Blessing Hour on Saturday. Keep your Saturday schedule free for Family Fun Day.

Email me your tips. What works for you?

 

Grocery Shopping and Errand Day – Take your list, pack snacks, and water bottles.

 

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:

  • We are adding back subjects to our school schedule each week. How are you doing? Don’t overdo it the first few weeks. Enjoy homeschooling. Don’t let it stress you out.

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
  • Zone Focus: Front Porch – Sweep and declutter the front porch.
  • Errand day: Make your plan for grocery shopping and errands. Pack water bottles and snacks for everyone. Pack up your library books that need to be turned in.

Family Fun: Plan a fun activity while you are out. I am in the habit of checking for free activities that are going on while we are out doing errands.

 

When you get home from doing errands, have everyone work together to unload and put away everything.

 

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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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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