Using a BINGO Game to Declutter

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

 

 

Dear Friends,
It’s Plan and Play Day! This is a great time to work on your homeschool lesson plans, menu planning, or paying bills. Spend 15 minutes on one of these tasks, and then reward yourself with 15 minutes of something you love to do.
Most Tuesdays, I spend an hour playing FlyLady BINGO online with the FlyLady Premium members. It makes decluttering fun, and when you are done, you can see the progress you made in a short amount of time. Here is a way you can play it at home:
First, I will assign a zone to each letter in the word BINGO.
B – Zone 1 – The Front Porch, Entryway, and Dining Room
I – Zone 2 – The Kitchen
N – Zone 3 – The Main Bathroom and One Other Area
G – Zone 4 – The Master Bedroom
O – Zone 5 – The Living Room or Family Room
Next, write these down on five note cards. Put them in a bowl or basket. Turn on some upbeat music, and get your timer out. You can do 5 minute missions for a 30 minute game, or you can do 10 minute missions for a 50 minute game.
Draw one card at a time, and spend your designated time in that area. You can declutter by putting things away, throwing things away, or putting things in your give away box. The goal is to take care of the hot spots in each of the zones and have fun at the same time!
If you play this game just once a week, you will find that you have less and less to do each week. You can include your children, too. Send them on specific missions to get rid of clutter and trash. You could assign the BINGO letters to different areas of their bedrooms.
You could use cues such as pick up your floor, clean out from under your bed, declutter from the tops of your dresser, toss the trash from your desk, change your sheets, pick up the stuff from the bottom of your closet, pull out any shoes or clothes that don’t fit.
If you need to clean a large area, such as a basement or garage, you can use the BINGO game there as well. Just pick 5 things to do in those areas and assign one thing to each letter. You will have fun, and you will know that there is an end to the game.
When you finish, reward yourself and your children with a fun activity.
What area(s) do you need to declutter today?
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
Your Zone Mission for today is to check your bathroom supplies and do a 27 Fling Boogie and put away 27 items.
My menu plan for Tuesday is Soup and Sandwiches and a salad for me.
Have a blessed 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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