Decluttering the Stash and Dash from Your Bedroom

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 
 
Dear Friends,
We are still focusing our zone mission time today on the bedroom. Yesterday, I talked about the importance of keeping it short and sweet when it comes to decluttering. The key is to be consistent with the small steps. Once it is a habit for you to declutter a little at a time, the clutter will not build up any more.
Today your mission is to deal with the items that have landed in your bedroom and do not belong in there. Get a box or basket ready for items to give away. You might also need a basket to put items that need to be put up somewhere else in the house. You can also have a trash can ready for anything you find that can be tossed.
Set your timer for 15 minutes and start tossing items into the boxes or baskets. When 10 minutes have passed, it’s time to move on to putting items away from the basket and take the giveaway box to the car. Toss the trash, and you are done! You will be surprised at the difference this 15 minute mission will have on your bedroom!
One caution — do not put the basket of items to put away somewhere to deal with later. Use the “do it now” principle and take care of them at the end of your 15 minutes. Your perfectionism might want you to keep working in the bedroom, but you can always have another decluttering mission like this in your bedroom.
If you need your children to do a similar mission, I recommend that you are very specific with their mission. If their floor is covered with stuff, tell them to focus on the floor only. If it is another area in their room, tell them to declutter that area. Children are more apt to declutter in their rooms if you give them a specific mission. Use the timer and fun music for them.
It’s been a while since I shared how you can break up your child’s bedroom into zones, but you can do it by closet, floor, flat surfaces, bed, under the bed, or bathroom (if they have one adjacent to their room). Give a different area (zone) for them to focus on per day.
Some of you might have children who have things in other areas of your home. Help them designate a place for each item. Have a daily pick up time, and only allow them to get out a certain amount of toys at one time. With small children or toddlers, you might need a couple of pick up times per day.
Remember that your Before Bed Routine sets you up for a great start to the next day. Don’t slack on this routine. I know it’s cold and gets dark early, but you can start your Before Bed Routine right after dinner and knock it out!
There are only 6 steps for your Before Bed Routine – check calendar (weather), lay out clothes, shine your sink, put things at the launch pad, wash face and brush teeth, go to bed at a decent hour.
Have a great day and stay warm!
Your Zone Mission today is to toss things from your Master Bedroom that do not belong.
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
My menu plan for Tuesday is meatloaf.
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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