Getting Organized in Your Home and Homeschool
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! Most of the posts I send out are tutorial in nature. I try to share in a conversational way how I homeschool and keep my house clean at the same time. Over the years, I have had so many questions from homeschool moms on organization, scheduling, and menu planning. I know from being on social media that these are common questions. I want to encourage you that you can homeschool and have and organized home. The key to it is to have routines established in your home for yourself and for your children.
Many of you reading this have small children. While my children are older, I babysit a 3-year-old several days a week, so I am still balancing the needs of a young child while homeschooling. I wrote a post on my blog today as an Open Letter to Moms with Little Children. (http://www.tamifox.net/2015/09/21/open-letter-to-moms-of-little-ones/ ) I understand the struggle to get it all done when also caring for a young child. It is a short season, even if it does not feel that way at the time.
Below you will see that I share a daily routine for Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. This is to help you develop your own routines. I share about my book and the Homeschool Teacher Control Journal to give you tools to help you organize your home and homeschool.
As I am studying world geography with the boys this year, I try to share pictures and recipes on my blog. Many times, I share things on Facebook throughout the day.
Since I finished writing, Giving Your Children Wings Without Losing Yours, I have started writing two more books that I hope to have ready in the spring of 2016. One of the books is on Finding Joy. The other book is a running book. I am enjoying writing both of these, even they are completely differnt topics.
If you have any homeschool or home organization related questions, please email me. I am on Periscope now and have done my first two Scope broadcasts. Look me up @tami_fox.
- 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.
- Read a book with your children today. If you don’t do this on a regular basis, pick a chapter book and read a chapter a day. Some of our fondest memories are from our reading time together.
- 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.
- Zone Focus: Zone 4 – The Master Bedroom – Today, spend 5 minutes doing a detail dusting job in your bedroom. Declutter things if you have to clear off surfaces to dust.
- 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