Winter Blahs – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

         

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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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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