Do you have big projects planned for the summer?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

    

 
Dear Friends,
Many of you have been planning on doing a big project this summer. What do you want to do around your house?
Some of the ideas I have heard from my readers deal mainly with decluttering areas such as the school room, basement, attic, or garage. Other ideas are for home improvements, such as painting or landscaping.
With any large project, you need to break it down into small steps and be consistent with working on it. I have done this many times over the years with decluttering and home improvement projects. If you break it down into steps and not let your perfectionism hold you back, you can do it.
Many of the projects that you can do to make your house look great don’t cost a lot of money. Start with decluttering. Just getting rid of your excess will make your home look better. Teaching your children to put things away where they belong will make your home look better, too.
You don’t have to spend 8 hours a day on your projects either. You can break it down into smaller steps. You just have to work on it a little bit each day.
A project I want to work on is painting my son’s room. I will break it down into steps, and the boys will help me. I will use it as a learning tool, and it will help me, too. My goal is for them to learn as much as possible about home maintenance and repair as they can while they are still at home.
You can pick a different focus each week as well. If you have several areas that need to be decluttered, work on one at a time. You can rotate to a different area each day of the week, or you can focus on a different area per week of the month and rotate like we do with Zone Missions.
If paper clutter is one of your problems, invest in a good shredder and shred paper for 15 minutes a day. You will be surprised at how fast you can go through paper clutter this way.
If you have too many toys, sort them by type. Get rid of some of them. Then start a toy rotation process. Only allow the children to have access to certain toy bins at one time.
Your school room may be another area that you really want to do a makeover. Start planning how you want to organize your books, and then implement it. I move school books around every summer depending on what we will be studying next school year. I want to have the books we will be using handy.
Tell me what is on your project list this summer and how you will break it down to accomplish it.
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter items from one kitchen cabinet.
Your Home Blessing for today is to toss papers and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and salad.
Have a great day!

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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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