Sprucing Up Your Front Porch

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Today’s zone mission is one that I enjoy doing when the seasons change. We are going to spruce up the front porch. Give it a good sweep and shake out your welcome mat. If you have fall decorations, put them out as well.
You may wonder why you should make your porch look pretty when you have clutter in your home. But it will make you smile when you drive up and see a cheery front porch. It will also give you a little push to make the inside of your house look as pretty as the outside.
This month we are decluttering paper, and that is a key thing for many of you in making your home look less cluttered. Be intentional about getting rid of paper daily. Practice the OHIO method.
With the OHIO method, you Only Handle It Once when dealing with paper. Toss the junk mail as soon as it comes into the house. Toss other papers daily. You probably have stacks and boxes of paper that you have been avoiding.
Someone asked about decluttering paper from a file cabinet. My advice is to take it one drawer and one section at a time. Often papers in a file cabinet have personal information, so you will need to use a paper shredder or have a burn barrel to get rid of large quantities of papers at once.
Review statutes on how long you have to hang onto certain papers. Your tax papers and receipts do not have to be kept forever. You can dispose of them when the statutes run out.
Papers you will want to keep can usually fit in a fire-proof box. You do have to keep certain legal documents. But you can use the fire-proof box to keep them safe. I have a normal size box for our larger normal than family.
What kinds of paper do you find yourself dealing with regularly?
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
Your Zone Mission for today is to sweep the front porch and entryway.
My menu plan for Tuesday is pulled pork BBQ and 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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