Tossing Clutter and Expired Medications

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 
Dear Friends,
Today I want you to focus on tossing items that are taking up valuable space in your home. Use your timer and work on your zone mission and monthly habit wherever it fits best in your day. Spend 5 minutes in the morning, afternoon, and evening if that works for you. The main thing is to just do it. This is anti-procrastination day, so take those consistent steps in getting rid of clutter.
For your zone mission, you are going to check expiration dates on the items in your medication list. If you have expired medications, collect them in a box. You will need to find a proper way of disposing of them in your area. You do not want to flush medications down the toilet, and you do not want to send them to the landfill.
The two safe ways to dispose of expired medications is to take them to your local police department, if they have a pill drop box. Ours has one of these. You can also check with a pharmacy to see if they have a safe way for you to dispose of them.
The only safe way I know to do it at home involves using water and kitty litter. You will need a heavy plastic bag and a large scoop of kitty litter. Dump in the expired medications and add water. You want to soak the kitty litter very well. Let it sit and check to see if things have dissolved. You can dispose of this bag in your trash after this process. The kitty little neutralizes the medications. I learned this from a hospice nurse several years ago.
The second part of your zone mission is to put away the items you have stashed around the house. These are the things that need a permanent home. Spend 5 to 10 minutes doing this. Don’t get carried away and spend hours putting things away.
Your habit of the month is to declutter paper. Spend at least 5 minutes but no more than 15 minutes decluttering paper today. If you are overrun with homeschool papers, focus on those first. If you have mail and bills to sort and shred, do those. Just pick one and start pitching!
Share with me something you are going to do that you have been putting off.
Your Zone Mission today is to toss expired items from the medicine cabinet and put away items from your stash and dash.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is chicken.
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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