Loving Your Kitchen No Matter What the Size

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Do you love your kitchen? One way to help you love your kitchen, no matter if it is small or large, is to keep your counters and surfaces decluttered.
The flat surfaces in the kitchen are huge clutter magnets. This limits how much space you have to prepare meals, and it also makes your kitchen seem smaller than it is. I know the discipline it takes to declutter the extra stuff from your counters.
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 2 Missions: The Kitchen
Monday – clean the small appliances that are on your counters – toaster, coffee maker, microwave.
Tuesday – Shine your kitchen sink.
Wednesday – Deal with your kitchen hot spots.
Thursday – Wipe your stove, fridge, and microwave.
Friday – Declutter expired items from the pantry.
Set your timers for 15 minutes and then take a break when it goes off!
Weekly Menu Plan
Monday – Chicken Stir Fry
Tuesday – Sloppy Joes and Tater Tots
Wednesday – Soup and Sandwiches
Thursday – Dinner at my mom’s house.
Friday – Take out
Enjoy your week! Keep your routines simple.
How many of you homeschool in your kitchen? Many of us use our kitchen as our homeschool space. Some of you have school rooms or other spaces, but the majority of homeschoolers that I have talked to over the years uses their kitchen for at least part of their lessons.
When you kitchen serves double duty, you have to be vigilant with putting things away where they belong. That means you have to designate spaces for books, pens, pencils, craft supplies, and more. This can be a challenge depending on the size of your kitchen.
Our kitchen is open to our dining area, and I have a cabinet beside of my table for our school materials. This has made a huge difference for our homeschool. Each person has a place for their books and materials. I have a place for my teacher materials.
After we use a book, it goes back in the cabinet. If I need to grade something, they hand it to me. I do my best to grade papers daily. If I let it build up, it becomes overwhelming.
If you don’t have a cabinet for storing your homeschool materials, come up with a way that makes it easy for your children to get their books out and put them back independently. I helped my children with this in kindergarten and first grade, but it was something I needed them to be able to do one their own.
If you are sharing space in your kitchen with your homeschool, work on your school items, too. Reign in the books and materials that tend to cover all of your flat surfaces.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for Monday is to clean the small appliances that are on your kitchen counters.
My menu plan for Monday is chicken stir fry and salad.
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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