Who has paper clutter on their kitchen counter?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
We are moving along in the zone missions in the kitchen this week. Today’s mission is to declutter items from the tops of your kitchen counters and wipe them down.
As you are doing this, please consider carefully what you put back on your counters. Do you use the small appliances you have out on the counters? We use the small appliances that I keep out on the counters daily, except for the Kitchenaid mixer. It’s too heavy to move.
If your counter or island is a dumping ground for paper, spend 5 to 10 minutes shredding paper and tossing it. You likely do not need all of the paper you have stacked on your counters. This is a hot spot that you should deal with daily for 2 to 5 minutes.
Thursday is errand day on the FlyLady weekly plan. Have you done your errands this week? I do mine on Friday or Saturday, but I do spend time on Thursday working on my list for errand day. So if you are not doing errands today, you can work on your list for a few minutes.
We are coming up on Easter in a few weeks. It’s time to check your children’s clothing and see if you need to pick anything up. My boys have been growing, and they are needing bigger sizes. It’s funny how a pair of shoes fits one week and are too small the next week.
Enjoy your day! I am loving our spring weather!
Your Zone Mission today is declutter items from the tops of your counters and wipe down.
Your Home Blessing for today is to toss paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and salad.
Have a blessed day!
 

We are going to toss some things today.

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Good morning to you! Thank you to all of you who have requested my digital Homeschool Planner the past two days. I think I am caught up on replies and emailing them to you. If you have not requested one, feel free to email me and request one. I want to bless you with it, and I would love feedback.
Today’s zone mission takes us to the fridge. I want you to spend 15 minutes tossing leftovers from your fridge and wiping your shelves. This is not supposed to be a big clean out project. Start with the top shelf and work your way down. If you don’t get to the bottom shelf, you can always do this mission again later in the week to do them.
It’s also anti-procrastination day. Many of you have responded to me in the past and told me what you have been procrastinating. I want you to spend 15 minutes on it today. It does not matter what it is. If you need to do it, get started now.
Procrastinating something that build up in your mind, and you think you have a mountain to climb. Most of the time, it’s more of a little hill to go up to do your task. The only way to get to the top of the hill or to accomplish your project is to take one step at a time until it is done.
Check your homeschool paperwork today. Do you have your grading up to date? I needed my son’s GPA today for something we were working on, and because I am using a program to help me keep track of grading this year, it was so easy to get this information.
What questions do you have about homeschooling or home organizing?
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter leftovers from the fridge.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is soup and sandwiches.
Have a blessed day!
 

What do I use to clean my kitchen cabinets?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Good morning! Thank you for your email responses to me yesterday. If you want a digital copy of my Homeschool Planner for 2018-19, email me by replying to this email. I will send it to you.
Today’s zone mission is to wipe the outside of your kitchen cabinet doors. Depending on the finish on your cabinets, you will want to wipe with care to remove dust and splatters and not damage your finish.
Many kitchen cabinets are painted. You can use a cleaning cloth (the FlyLady’s purple cloth is my favorite) with warm water. If you have grease splatters use a touch of watered down lemon juice to cut the grease. You don’t want to use concentrated lemon juice straight from the bottle or lemon in order to not damage your paint.
If you have cabinets with a natural finish, you can use an oil soap to wash them and moisturize the wood. This is how I have maintained my cabinets for 29 years. They are made of birch and have held up to the use of my large family.
Tuesday is also Plan and Play Day. Spend a few minutes on your planning today. You know what you need to do with your paperwork. Some of you need to menu plan. Others need to budget and pay bills.
Don’t skip the second part —- Play! Do something you enjoy or sit down and just play with your kids for a little bit today. They will love it!
Your Zone Mission today is to wipe the fronts of your cabinet doors.
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
My menu plan for Tuesday is pork BBQ and vegetables.
Have a great day!
 

I love Monday!

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

 
Dear Friends,
How was your weekend? My family had a great weekend of fun and play, and today it’s time to get back to our decluttering and zone missions. I look forward to Monday mornings now because my house does not fall apart on the weekends, and I am ready to start decluttering in a new zone each Monday.
Several years ago, I did not feel this way about Monday morning. There may be some of you reading this who do not enjoy Monday morning very much for a variety of reasons. If you are in the season with small children in the home, they tend to pull stuff out on Sunday afternoon, and it is still sitting out on Monday morning.
If you find yourself with clutter this morning and are feeling down, I want you to turn on some music and set your timer for 15 minutes. Then zip through your house putting things way. Involve your children in picking up their things and play along with you.
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 2 Missions: The Kitchen
Monday – dust along the tops of your kitchen walls, fixtures, and cabinets if they do not go all the way up to your ceiling.
Tuesday – wipe the outside of your cabinet doors.
Wednesday – toss leftovers from the fridge.
Thursday – declutter stuff from the tops of your kitchen counters.
Friday – sweep and mop the kitchen.
Set your timers for 15 minutes and then take a break when it goes off!
Weekly Menu Plan
Monday – Pasta and a Salad
Tuesday – Pork BBQ and Salad
Wednesday – Soup and Sandwiches
Thursday – Chicken and Salad
Friday – Take out
Enjoy your week! Keep your routines simple.
This week we are decluttering in the kitchen, and while you are doing your missions, I want you to carefully look at the items you have in the kitchen. Do you use all of your small appliances? If not, what can you donate?
We all have a tendency to collect kitchen items, and then we end up with more than we can use. It’s time to bless someone else with your excess in the kitchen.
Over a year ago, we did a kitchen makeover. I have a couple of boxes that have sat in the closet since then. I am going to go through them this week and get rid of most of it. It’s small kitchen stuff that I have not missed in a year.
Thank you to those who responded to my email regarding my Planner. If you have not seen it and would like to receive a PDF via email, just reply to this email, and I will send it to you. I would love more input on it.
If you want a print one, I have some of the 2018-19 printed planners left. Email me if you would like one for the cost of shipping. I would love to clear out the last of my inventory.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for Monday is to dust along the tops of the kitchen walls, across the tops of your cabinets, and your fixtures.
My menu plan for Monday is pasta and salad.
Have a blessed day!
 

I need your help with my Planner.

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Happy Friday! Are you as happy as I am about getting to Friday this week? It’s been a great week for me, and it is has been very busy. I do need a favor from those of you who bought my Homeschool Planner last year.
Would you reply to this email and tell me what you liked about it, and I would also like to know what you did not like about it. I have not done a 2019-2020 Planner with my designer, but I would still like to have your feedback. If you email me at Tami@TamiFox.com, I will have a special gift for you.
How was your progress in Zone 1 this week? If there was something you really wanted to do in Zone 1 and did not get to it, I want you to spend a few minutes on that today. Sometimes the week gets past you before you know it.
Today’s mission is to detail dust in the Dining Room. If you have a lot of things displayed in your Dining Room, this is a good time to make some decisions on putting some of the items away for a while.
China cabinets look nice in the Dining Room, but when they are completely filled with decorative items, china, and glassware, it’s hard to enjoy looking at the pieces. Consider displaying fewer pieces and enjoying them more. You can rotate items over month or so in order to enjoy your collection.
This will also make dusting easier on you each month since you will have fewer things there to move around. This is also a good time to decide what you want to use to set your table for a special meal for your family.
Do you have plans for Family Fun day this weekend? Look at your local events and find something fun to do in your area.
Today’s Zone Mission is to detail dust in the Dining Room.
Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is take out.
Have a great weekend!
 

How do your entryway and launch pad look?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Do you know what the Launch Pad is in your home? This is the area where your family puts their stuff for the next day. Hopefully, it is an organized area, but in many cases, it is a clutter magnet.
Usually the Launch Pad is also your Entryway, so it gets double the use and double the clutter. As your family members come into the Entryway, they drop whatever they have in their hands. This stuff sits there for days (or weeks or months).
Today’s Zone Mission is for you to declutter in the Entryway. Use your timer if you have a lot of clutter. I don’t want you to spend more than 15 minutes in this area today.
If your family members have left a lot of things in this area, use a box to collect the items. Then play a game where they put their things away. Use music and a timer to make it fun.
Take a look at the Entryway area and see if there is a better way to organize it for your family’s use. You can use hooks on the wall, and you can set up something to put book bags or lunch boxes. We are in a season of life where one son packs his lunch, so he needed a place for his lunch box.
Look at your coat collection near the door. Do you have coats there that do not fit anyone? Do you have the heavy winter coats still out? What can you get rid of in the Entryway?
Your Entryway is an important area in your home. Spend 15 minutes in this area today.
Your Zone Mission today is declutter in the Entryway.
Your Home Blessing for today is to toss paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is soup and sandwiches.
Have a blessed day!
 

Decluttering the Dining Room and Special Meals

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Today we move our zone mission to the Dining Room. If you have a Dining Room and don’t use it often, it likely has clutter in it. It is a popular stash and dash place for things that need a place to be put.
Dining Rooms are wonderful and look great when you keep them clutter free and use them, even if it is only occasional use. My family enjoys it when I fix a special meal and use the good china. If you have not done that in a while, now is a good time to schedule one.
My house does not have a specific Dining Room, but I can set up my kitchen table with nice tablecloth and my good china. I can use candles and cloth napkins. It does not have to take a lot of extra effort, but it is nice to do this for your family once in a while, when it is not a holiday.
In order to do this, you might need to declutter and detail clean first. That would be step 1. Then, sit down with your family and plan a menu. Include your family in all stages of planning, shopping, and preparation. You do not have to cook the entire thing youself.
If the flowers are not blooing outside, consider buying a bouquet of flowers for your meal. Make this a special event for your family. If you don’t have a large family, that’s okay, too. Special meals can be for any size family from one person to many people.
So take that first step today and start decluttering and detail cleaning for 15 minutes.
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter in the Dining Room.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is pasta.
Have a blessed day!
 

Spring Break

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Are any of you on Spring Break this week? Our friends go to private school, and they are on Spring Break. I decided we would be on Spring Break, too. The boys are enjoying a few days off from school and playing with their friends.
It’s nice for the teacher to have a break, too. Last week, we worked on my son’s bedroom by painting it. Over the weekend, they put down new flooring. So this week, I can spend a few minutes each day doing something to finish it up. By taking the week off from homeschooling, I can easily fit in a few minutes to do something in his room.
It is so freeing to break up a big project into small steps. I am not under a lot of pressure to finish this project up quickly. I can take time to think about what I want to do next. It is a different way of thinking compared to how I used to attack a big project.
You can do the same thing in your home. I help you each day by breaking down your zone mission for the day and your home blessing for the day. If you do those two things, you will start to see how easy it is to care for your home.
Your zone mission today is to sweep your front porch. If you did this yesterday, go ahead and start decluttering in your entryway. Remember, there is no wrong way to do the FlyLady system except to do nothing at all. If you have two minutes, you can do something.
Since it’s Plan and Play Day, take a few minutes to do some of your planning (menu, budget, etc.), and then do something you enjoy. Sit down and relax. Relaxing is an important part of your daily routine.
Your Zone Mission today is to sweep the front porch.
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
My menu plan for Tuesday is chicken and vegetables.
Have a great day!
 

Enjoying April Flowers and Your April Routines

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Happy April 1st, to you all! We are starting a new month, and we will be working on a new habit of the month.
Each morning, the first thing I do is to make my side of the bed. I do this as soon as my feet hit the floor. I turn around and immediately pull my blankets and spread up and fluff my pillow. When my husband gets up each morning, he does the same thing.
Each time I walk back into my room, I am greeted with a bed that is made up. Even if my day is not going according to plan, my bed is made, and I feel great.
If you are not making your bed daily, I want you to start today. If your children are not making their beds daily, now is a great time to instill the habit in their lives, too. Use positive words and praise them when they make their beds. Remember that it does not have to be perfect.
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 1 Missions: The Front Porch, Entryway, and Dining Room
Monday – declutter items from your Front Porch that do not belong there.
Tuesday – sweep the Front Porch.
Wednesday – declutter in the Dining Room. Put things away or give them away if you are not using them.
Thursday – declutter in your Entryway. Enlist your family in putting away their things that are in the Entryway.
Friday – detail dust your Dining Room. Move things around and dust your furniture. If you have a lot of things sitting out in the Dining Room, consider putting some of your stuff away.
Set your timers for 15 minutes and then take a break when it goes off!
Weekly Menu Plan
Monday – Chopped Chicken Salad
Tuesday – Chicken and vegetables
Wednesday – Pasta and salad
Thursday – Soup and sandwiches
Friday – Take out
Enjoy your week! Keep your routines simple.
The weather is getting warmer here, and we are enjoying more time outside. For those of you who homeschool, consider how you can get more activity and fresh air incorporated into your day.
One thing that worked well when my children were young was to alternate sitting at the table doing book work with outdoor play. I used a timer, and I followed through on calling them back inside to do some more of their school work.
If you have children who struggle with sitting still for longer periods of time, try this strategy with your children. If you tell them your expectations and use a timer, this is a great way to add in physical activity to your school day.
For those of you reading this who do not have children at home, you can use this method to get in more physical activity for yourself. We all need movement, and it is easy to get caught up in our daily tasks and not get outside to walk around and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Go enjoy the April flowers!
If you have not completed your tax return, you need to move along on your preparations and get it filed before April 15.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for Monday is to declutter items from the Front Porch.
My menu plan for Monday is chicken salad.
Have a blessed day!
 

Finishing Up March on a Strong Note

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Happy Friday! We are finishing up in Zone 5 today, and we are finishing up the month of March. We start a new month on Monday, so I wanted to check in with you to see how you did with the Habit of the Month for March.
The habit was getting dressed down the shoes first thing in the morning. I want to hear your successes. How did it make you feel to start off your day by getting dressed and not staying in your pajamas.
If you did not do this every day, I want you to make this your mission for April. Your day will go much better if you start off the day by getting dressed down to the shoes.
Your zone mission today is to detail dust the Living Room. This is when you do move items from your flat surfaces and dust. If you have been doing your light dusting during your Weekly Home Blessings, this should not be too difficult.
Finish any decluttering in the Living Room. In April, you will only have a few days to declutter and detail clean in the Living Room, so really use a discerning eye on the items that are in there.
Yesterday, I talked to you about picking the date for the last day of school. Today, I want you to look carefully at your lesson plans. Have an idea of how much your children need to accomplish each week. Then spend time on Saturday or Sunday evening doing some lesson plans.
Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter in the Living Room and detail dust.
Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is take out.
Have a great weekend!