Merry Monday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
How can you have a Merry Monday?

Several years ago, Monday morning was not the happiest day of the week for me. With several young children at home, our house fell apart on Sunday. The children would play in the afternoon in between church services, and we did not always work with them to clean up before evening service. This meant that I started Monday morning off behind the ball (sometimes literally!). I started using the FlyLady system for myself, and I started training my children to pick up behind themselves. My evening routine on Sunday night now is to shine my sink, set up my coffee pot, lay out my clothes after checking the calendar, put things at the launch pad that my husband will need for work (I pick up food and water for him to take to work for lunch.), clean off the kitchen counter, and remind the boys to pick up anything they had out to play with during the day. The boys also know to lay out their clothes and brush their teeth while I am doing my evening routine after church. I also will wash a load of towels and put them in the dryer. They are usually dry before I go to bed, but the boys will fold them first thing on Monday morning. Now my Monday mornings are Merry Monday Mornings. Keep working through the tips I send out during the week, and you can, too.

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.
Weekly Home Blessing Hour:
Spread these out over the course of the week. Put a note on each day of the week with one or two of these per day.

7 Parts of the Weekly Home Blessing Hour from The FlyLady:

  • Quick Dust
  • Sweep/Mop
  • Purge Magazines or Paper Clutter
  • Change Bedding
  • Empty Trash
  • Clean Windows/Mirrors
  • Vacuum
 School:
  • How does your planning notebook look this week? Are you accomplishing your plans? Are you keeping the records you need to keep according to state law?
 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: Master Bedroom: Clear off a Hot Spot in your bedroom. Ask your children to do the same thing in their bedroom.
Family Fun: Go outside with your children and enjoy the weather. It is finally cooling off in the South.
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.)
  • Lay anything out that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

Siggie - Tami Fox

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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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