Keep your Zone Missions Short and Simple

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 


Dear Friends,
Good morning! Today is Memorial Day in the United States. Today we pause to remember those who gave their lives in service of our country for our freedom.
This week we are in two zones, and you can divide the missions up and make a big difference in your home with 10 to 15 minutes a day of doing your Zone Missions. The first thing many of us need to do this week is to do a quick pick up of the house after the weekend. Set your timer for 15 minutes and go!
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 5 & Zone 1 Missions: The Living Room, Front Porch, Entryway, and Dining Room
Monday – Declutter & Detail Dust the Living Room
Tuesday – Go sofa and chair diving
Wednesday – Hot spot fire drill & dust ceiling fan
Thursday – Move Living Room furniture & vacuum
Friday – Declutter for 5 minutes each on Front Porch, in the Entryway, and in the Dining Room
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off!
The zone missions above are suggestions. Dusting is put off by a lot of people because of how much time it takes to move things around to dust the flat surfaces. Only keep out the things that you love on your flat surfaces. Do your weekly quick dust during the Home Blessing Hour. It will all come together and get easier over time.
On Tuesday, you can ask one of your children to do this mission. Pull the cushions from the Living Room furniture and clean out the things that have fallen between the cushions. You never know what treasure you will find! Then use the vacuum cleaner to give it a quick detail cleaning.
On Wednesday, deal with any hot spots in the Living Room. You could have some clutter on the floor or in a corner. Your bookshelves might need some attention. Focus on getting rid of things you are not using, and find a place for the things you want to keep.
On Thursday, I want you to use teamwork with your family, and move the Living Room furniture and clean under it. For some of you that will mean getting the vacuum cleaner out to detail vacuum. Others will sweep if they have wood floors or another hard surface flooring.
On Friday, you are going to divide and conquer in Zone 1. Use your timer for 5 minute decluttering missions on your Front Porch, in your Entryway, and in the Dining Room.
We will wrap up our Habit of the Month, Moving in May, and the new Habit of the Month will be to focus on drinking water. As you practice the Monthly Habits, you will continue doing them and just add the new one to your routines.
Use a check off sheet or colored ponytail holders on your water bottle to help you keep track of how much water you are drinking daily.
How did you do with Moving in May? Do you feel a boost in your energy?
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter and detail dust the Living Room.
My menu plan for Monday is a beef roast for the guys and salad for me.
Have a blessed day!

Show Me Your Master Bedroom – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 


Dear Friends,
How did you do with the Zone Missions this week? I want to see your progress in your master bedroom. Email a picture to me at
Your Master Bedroom should be place of rest for you. Treat it that way. Do your best to not put more clutter in there. Avoid using it as your stash and dash when you are having company over. When you don’t know where to put something, put it somewhere other than your bedroom.
As we launch into next week, I want you to stop and enjoy your weekend. If you have not put Family Fun day on your priority list, I want you to do something about that. You do not have to do anything fancy or complicated, but you are building family relationships and making memories. You want your children to look back and remember that you took time to play with them and enjoy them.
If you have not finished your Home Blessings or Zone Missions for the week, I want you to do them today. It is possible to clean your home with the Home Blessings in an hour. You cannot get distracted, and you cannot be a perfectionist.
I play a live game every Monday with the FlyLady Premium members, and we do the Weekly Home Blessings together through a video livestream. It helps keep each of us on task, and we encourage one another.
Your Zone Missions should not be complicated either. I try to keep them simple and straightforward. I want you to succeed. I want you to see a difference in your home.
As you transition into a summer schedule, look at your routines. Look at the things you want to do this summer. Make a list. Then break it down into small steps, and you can accomplish it.
Pick a day each week to do your Home Blessings this summer. Get into the routine of doing them. When it comes time to start back to your homeschooling schedule, you can break them down into daily Blessings again.
If you have not gotten your daily movement firmly into your routines, spend some time this summer really working on taking care of your health through movement, eating healthy foods, drinking water, and sleeping enough.
Today’s Zone Mission is to clean out under your bed.
Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is take out.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Are you over-committed? Just say No.

Getting Organized in Your Home and Homeschool
Dear Friends,
Last week during one of my homeschool talks, I told the members of my audience that they had the power to reduce the stress in their lives by using the word, “No.”


Ladies, we are nurturers. We like to take care of others. We like to say, “Yes.” We like to fix things for others. But by saying, “Yes” to something, we are also saying “No” to something else.


There are only 86,400 seconds in a day or 1,440 minutes in a 24-hour day. When you deduct time for sleeping and eating, you start seeing how much time you really have to do other things. You cannot do everything.


Last week one of the ladies told me that her take-away quote from one of my talks was, “We share the load in taking care of our home. No one has to do it alone.”
Don’t fall into doing everything yourself. Foster teamwork in your home. It might be a different way for your family to do things. You might meet resistance. But you are doing it to teach them life skills, and you are doing it, so you can take care of the things you need to do.


We cannot fill our days with things we said “Yes” to and do all of the things we need to do to take care of ourselves, our families, and our homes.


Think about how many things you are responsible for in just one day. You wear a lot of hats, and you have a mission field right in your own home — your family. You are raising your children to be salt and light in the world. You are pouring into them, so your efforts and your light will be multiplied through them.


As I shared this thought with someone, she told me that her calendar was too full. She starts the month off with all these clear places on her calendar, but by the end of the month, she is drowning in appointments and obligations.


We talked about her home routines, and her quote to me was profound as she was looking around her home.


She said, “I have three hours available to take care of my home two weeks from now.”
That statement is going to hit a lot of you because you are overbooked. It is the end of the school year. Activities abound all around us! Our churches are doing special things to recognize Moms, graduates, and having homecoming services and meals.
We are asked to head up this activity or to volunteer for that activity.


When you are asked to help with something, take a moment. Pray about it. Talk to your husband about it. If it will push you too much to help out, just say, “No.” You do not have to offer an excuse or reason. Simply answer with “No.”


When you do say, “Yes,” remember that you will not be able to do something else in that time slot. You will have to reorganize your day. You may have to ask for help with your children. You may not be able to cook dinner that night. Your Home Blessings will not get done. I know what things get pushed off when you are over-committed.


If you are chronically tired and rushing about all of the time, start taking things off of your schedule. The summer is a great time to re-evaluate what you are doing and pull back. I have resigned from two volunteer positions in the homeschool community because I am very busy with my family and in taking care of myself and in doing what I love with encouraging all of you.


I am going to give you permission to just say No when you need to say it.


A few of you are reading this through tears right now. It’s okay. Take a deep breath. You are doing a fantastic job even if you don’t feel like you are. I am proud of you!


Your Zone Mission today is to declutter items from one dresser drawer. Get rid of the worn out things in your dresser. Toss the things that don’t fit or are uncomfortable.
Your Home Blessing for today is to toss papers and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and salad.
Have a great day!
Siggie - Tami Fox

Are you Moving in May?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 


Dear Friends,
Have you implementing purposeful movement in your day this month? The FlyLady Habit of the Month is moving daily. You can get your daily exercise done in many ways.
Today, I want you to play a decluttering game with your daily movement. That way you are able to do two things at once. Set your timer for 15 minutes and go around your house putting things away and decluttering things that need to go in the trash or in the donate box.
If you move for 15 minutes not only will your house look better, you will also have added quite a few steps to your day.
You can also get in quite a number of steps by doing your Weekly Home Blessings (WHB). The seven parts of the WHB will get you moving around the house, and a couple of them could also be considered a cardio activity. Don’t you feel like you have had a workout after you vacuum or change your sheets? I know I do!
You can take 15 minutes to go outside and play or walk with your children, too. Everyone needs a little fresh air each day, and it is a lot of fun when you have people outside with you when you walk. If you have a little one in a stroller, you get bonus points for moving!
Last weekend, when I was speaking to a group of ladies, I told them that I have more energy now than when I was in my 30’s. I attribute it to drinking water, sleeping enough at night, eating healthy foods, and daily exercise.
You do not have to do the same thing over and over again for exercise. It is actually better for you if you switch it up and use different muscle groups on different days. Most of you know that I am a runner, but I also do strength training, swimming, and biking. I am mindful of stretching daily and relaxing.
In bad weather, I have used exercise DVD’s in my living room, and I have a nice set up in my garage for strength training.
When you do errands, park as far away from the entrance as you can. You will gain extra steps. I purposefully don’t park close to an entrance unless is it raining hard. Otherwise, I like the bonus steps I gain.
What are some fun ways you get your daily movement done?
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter clothes from your closet that do not fit.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is spaghetti for the boys and zucchini noodles for me with a salad.
Have a great day!

Have you decluttered the extra stuff from your bedroom?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 


Dear Friends,
This week we are focusing our decluttering missions on the Master Bedroom. Do you feel restful in your bedroom, or are you surrounded by clutter?
The Master Bedroom can become a dumping ground for things that need a place. When you pick up around the house, sometimes you take items that don’t have a home to your bedrooms. Then it just stays there.
Some of you dump your laundry on your bed with every intention of folding it and putting it away. It sits there until bedtime, and you push it to the side or on the floor. If you have a flat surface that is not piled high, you put the clothes there.
Laundry baskets are used by many to hold clean clothes until they are worn. Usually, these baskets end up with both dirty and clean clothes in them. Then you wash both already clean clothes and dirty clothes. This causes you more laundry and precious time.
Today, for your zone mission, I want you to put up all of your laundry. If you cannot put it away due to lack of space, you need to declutter some clothes. Before I left for a trip last week, the boys decluttered clothes that don’t fit them any longer. This only took them a few minutes, and they filled up a half of a black trash bag.
When we bought a few new shirts and jeans, they had room to put them away. I do the same thing in my closet and dresser drawers monthly. I declutter items I am not wearing or that don’t fit.
If I find a great deal on clothes for me, I get rid of the same number of items I am bringing home.
Your laundry will be much easier to do, if you declutter the extra clothes. You won’t have as many things to wash. Your children won’t have as many clothes to choose from. Most of your children wear only a fraction of the clothes they wear regularly.
If you have a mountain of laundry to fold and put away, use your timer and do it a little at a time. Fold it and put it away.
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
Your Zone Mission for today is to put away all of your clothes.
My menu plan for Tuesday is Taco Tuesday for the boys. Veggies and salad for me.
Have a blessed day!

Day 5 of Decluttering and Closing Out Your Homeschool

[Day 5] 5 Days of Decluttering in Your Homeschool:
It’s the final day in the series! Decluttering in small steps works!


Dear Friends,

Welcome to Day 5 in this series! Are you almost finished decluttering and organizing your homeschool books? It’s been a fun week for me to share with you how I declutter in small steps to organize my homeschool.

Today, I share more about my bookshelves and how I use them. Only keep as many books in your home as you have room on the bookshelves.

As you watch today’s video, you will hear background noise. These are not professional videos. I did them in my home while the boys were here. I filmed today’s episode while they were frosting a cake. So the banging in the background had a purpose for them. (smile)

I did these videos and emails to encourage you that you can successfully declutter in small steps. It is easier to do it now while you are ending a school year versus waiting until the beginning of your school year.

Here is a picture of my school cabinet at the beginning of this school year:

You can see that I changed it around when I decluttered.

Here is the link to today’s video:

Have a wonderful day! Drop me a line at

Day 4 of Decluttering and Closing Out Your Homeschool Year

[Day 4] 5 Days Decluttering and Organizing Your Homeschool Books:
Spend 15 minutes at a time decluttering and closing out your homeschool year


Dear Friends, 

Welcome to Day 4! How are you today? Send me an email with your progress at You can even share pictures with me!

Today I share my progress report with you and show you inside of my school cabinet and drawers. I even share where I keep my secret stash of chocolate. (Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone!)

The top drawer of my school cabinet is my catch-all drawer. I spent two 15-minute sessions decluttering and organizing that drawer. It looks so much better!

I also decluttered and organized the other two drawers, but I was able to do that in less than 10 minutes.

I shared a little bit about the bookshelves in my home, and tomorrow I will talk more about them.

Remember that she who has the most books is not necessarily the best homeschool mom. You want to teach your children to read, research, and write papers, but you do not need to be drowning in books to do that.

Here is the link to today’s video:

Your Zone Mission today is to mop the main bathroom.
Your Home Blessings for today are to take out the trash, sweep, and mop.

Have a wonderful day!

Day 3 of Decluttering and Closing Out Your Homeschool Year

[Day 3] 5 Days of Decluttering in  Your Homeschool:
Use a timer and declutter and close out your school year 15 minutes at a time



Dear Friends, 

How are you doing today? Update me at with your progress this week. Are you getting rid of clutter and getting your school area organized?

By designating a specific place for your children’s school books, you are setting them up for a successful school year. You can train them on where to put their books each day as they finish their work. This will help greatly in keeping up with school books. I know children have a tendency to “lose” books when they do not like a subject. (smile)

Today, I used two 15 minute sessions to set up my teacher resource shelf. This will make it easier for me to pull out teacher manuals and answer keys.

When you declutter, keep it short and sweet. Set the timer for 15 minutes and STOP when it goes off. You can always go back later to work in that area some more.

At the end of this week, our school year will be over. Testing will be done. My school cabinet will be decluttered. We will be ready for our summer break.

Here is the link to today’s video:

Your Zone Mission today is to declutter items from the medicine cabinet.
Your Home Blessing today is to declutter paper and magazines.

Day 2 – Closing Out Your Homeschool Year

Dear Friends,
Did you get started yesterday with decluttering your school materials from this year?

In today’s video, I give you a progress report on my school cabinet. I spent 15 minutes sorting the books from the boys’ stacks of books.

Some books went on the bottom of each boy’s stack to use next year. On top of those, I put some review books for reading and math.

If I had books that I was not going to use again, I put them in the give away box. If I had books that I wanted to hold on to, I put them on the bookshelves in a different room. I spent about 5 minutes doing both of these things.

The give away box will be added to daily, and I will take it to donate on my errand day at the end of the week.

Remember to use your timer to keep you from spending too much time at once decluttering. I do not want you to get burned out.

Here is the link to today’s video:

Your Zone Mission today is to check your bathroom supplies.
Your Home Blessing today is to wipe the windows and mirrors.
Have a wonderful day!
Siggie - Tami Fox

Day 1 – Closing Out Your Homeschool Year

5 Days of Decluttering and Closing Out Your School Year:
End your school year, so you can be ready to start your new year later.


Dear Friends,
This week I am traveling to a conference in Lansing, Michigan. I am sharing a series I wrote last May on Closing Out Your School Year. There are 5 parts to the series, and you will receive one per day in place of my normal emails. If you scroll down to the bottom, I will have the Zone Missions and Weekly Home Blessings for you. I will not post a menu plan for each day since I am on the road.

Thank you for joining me this week to close your homeschool year out and declutter in small steps.

As a homeschool mom of six children over the past 17 years, I have learned a lot about creativity, organization, and planning. The years that I took the time to declutter books and papers at the end of the year, set me up for an easier start of school the next year. I learned the hard way, that if I put it off, I had a more stressful start to my new school year.

By closing out your school year now, you can enjoy your summer without the thoughts of cleaning out books and paper hanging over your head. I will not tell you to dump everything and sort. I will guide you to use a timer and work in small steps.

If you have a lot of things to go through, you can use the timer for 15 minutes at a time for your decluttering sessions. When the timer goes off, you can take a break and do something else. You can always go back for another 15 minute decluttering session later in the day.

After you declutter, you can make a list of books and supplies that you will need next year. Then you can start placing your orders now instead of waiting until August.

You can give away the books you no longer need. Find some other homeschool moms in your area who would like to have a book exchange. Set up a day and place to meet and have a used book swap.

You can do this!

Here’s the video I prepared for you. You can see the inside of my school cabinet and my progress throughout the week.

Your Zone Mission for today is to shine your tub or shower in the main bathroom.
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
Have a wonderful day!
Siggie - Tami Fox