November Holiday Prep Made Easy with the Free Organize-IT Planner

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November is the lead-in to the holidays. However, we’ve got this! Say the word, “November” and breathe…take a breath and breathe it in! Can you feel the excitement? The smell of festivities is in the air! I love this time of year. It is a time to focus on being thankful to God for all he has given me, and then quickly move into preparing my mind, heart, home, and family to celebrate Jesus’s birth. What a blessing! I am praying this planner helps you to avoid the stress and instead allows you to focus on the big picture. This month’s planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools! Each month, I am determined to make each edition of Organize-IT the best ever. I am so excited to present you with a planner that promises to help you organize this holiday season and your schedule.


November is the lead-in to the holidays. However, we’ve got this! Say the word, “November” and breathe...take a breath and breathe it in! Can you feel the excitement? The smell of festivities is in the air! I love this time of year. It is a time to focus on being thankful to God for all he has given me, and then quickly move into preparing my mind, heart, home, and family to celebrate Jesus's birth. What a blessing! I am praying this planner helps you to avoid the stress and instead allows you to focus on the big picture. This month's planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools! Each month, I am determined to make each edition of Organize-IT the best ever. I am so excited to present you with a planner that promises to help you organize this holiday season and your schedule.

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I wanted to find a way to incorporate the hustle and bustle and long list of fun things to do for the holidays with a homeschool mom’s never-ending list of to-dos! So, I started researching and
reading about block scheduling, I decided to try it and introduce it to you. You may be way ahead of me and already use this method, or you may think, “I have heard of it but don’t know
what it is!” Well, get your schedule primed and ready to work for and not against you. This will take you beyond the lists and to-dos. Of course, those have a time and a place, but what is a
well-thought-out list if you fail to implement it and make it past the first few items?

In this planner, we will begin with a list but end with a solid plan, a schedule that blocks off your time so you can have order in your life.

A purpose so clear, it allows you to focus all your efforts
on what is right in front of you for that small window of time; no need to worry about the lengthy to-do list because it will get done in due time. I am excited to offer you an organizing plan focusing on your day. As homeschooling families, I know you typically spend a lot of time jumping from homeschooling to household chores and back to schooling while taking care of the little kids and sometimes fitting in a side job.

In my family food is a priority, or I might have a revolt! I’m only partially kidding. ;-)Today, a friend asked what I do when I feel overwhelmed. I answered, “I do the next thing, right before me!” I don’t focus on being overwhelmed, because I can’t. I have too many people who depend on me. (A simple prayer of “Lord, please help me,” goes a long way as well!)

Of course, we all get overwhelmed at times, but doing the next thing has worked well for me and fits in perfectly with block scheduling.

Block scheduling is planning your day, not letting your day run you. I love that it utilizes your to-do lists but doesn’t make you a slave to it! Unfortunately (for me), it is not a way to cram more
into your day. Instead, it helps you to find more time! It’s a way of limiting distractions and procrastinating so you have more time to do what you want to do.

Look at your list. Do you have a project you’re dying to finish? Put it in a block. Are you behind on homeschooling a particular subject and need a day to catch up or review? Put it in a block!
Want to find time to exercise? Put it in the block. Do you see where this is going? In the following pages, I’ll help you schedule your time so that you can focus, thrive and accomplish. I was
pleasantly surprised by how well this has worked for me.

Take a look at your homeschool schedule, is there a way to pair down your commitments so we can embrace the holiday season?

By focusing on the meaning of the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons we are teaching life lessons. I typically stick to the bare essentials of school, like math, writing, and reading, so we have plenty of time to make crafts, bake, and enjoy the weather. The older kids can work on their school work separately to complete their assignments, especially in high school, and join in the fun as their schedule permits.

The goal is to organize your day, travel plans if you have any, and Thanksgiving bucket lists. The theme in all of the Organize-IT planners is balance. Pick and choose the forms that work for your
family—doing it all doesn’t always work. Balance is important. If a form doesn’t work for your family, skip it and move on.

Your holiday schedule should offer flexibility.

This allows children time to pursue things of interest. This is something that I feel is so important. Kids are burned out and often overscheduled. Hopefully, with this Organize-IT Planner, you can invest your time wisely.

Looking for more information?

You will find the topic of organization, as well as many others, on the UltimateHomeschoolPodcastNetwork.com, and Vintage Homeschool Moms.

If you are a long-time subscriber, you will find some of the forms the same as in past planners. This allows you access to the forms you love from last month’s planner. For example, you will receive
the blank calendars as well as the 4-Square Plan in each monthly planner, along with those on setting short and long-term goals.

Have a fantastic and Blessed November!

~ Blessings, Christina Moss

 

 

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Embrace October with the Fall Sweep: Your Organize-IT Guide

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October is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to embark on a transformative journey towards a more organized and serene home. The Fall Full House Sweep is here to guide you through this process, room by room, helping you create an oasis of calm before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins. In this blog post, we’ll outline the essential steps to declutter, organize, and refresh your living space, allowing you to enjoy the upcoming months with a sense of peace and tranquility.

October Organize It Planner | Fall Sweep edition

Step 1: Capture Before Pictures

To kick off your home transformation, grab your smartphone and take before pictures of each room. This step not only satisfies our desire for instant gratification but also helps uncover hidden clutter that we’ve grown accustomed to over time. These “before” snapshots will serve as a powerful motivator and a reference point for your progress.

Step 2: Gather Supplies

Before diving into the decluttering process, gather the necessary supplies. Besides standard cleaning items, make sure you have:
– Black trash bags (a must to prevent second-guessing your throw-away decisions).
– A cardboard box for donations (to avoid confusing donations with trash).
– Baskets and bins for organizing and relocating items within your home.

Pro tip: You don’t need to splurge on expensive baskets; dollar stores and thrift shops often offer affordable options.

Step 3: Tackle Visible Clutter

This month’s focus is on visible clutter rather than digging through drawers or emptying entire closets. By addressing what’s in plain sight, you’ll quickly transform your living space, making it comfortable and welcoming for guests during the holiday season.

Step 4: Set Overall Goals

In addition to decluttering and organizing, consider setting overall goals for the month. This could involve planning homeschool activities, scheduling reading time, hosting game nights, and dividing household chores. Don’t forget to include charitable work with your church and homeschool community. Choose activities that align with your family’s values and help your children grow into well-rounded individuals.

Step 5: Create a Thriving Home Environment

As homeschooling families, you spend a significant amount of time at home. Therefore, creating an environment that supports learning, relaxation, and entertainment is crucial. Allow your children the freedom to pursue their interests and avoid over-scheduling. The Organize-IT Planner is designed to help you strike a balance between organization and leisure, making your home a place of peace and value.

You Can Do It

As October unfolds, embrace the Fall Full House Sweep as an opportunity to revamp your living space and lifestyle. This comprehensive guide will lead you through the process of decluttering, organizing, and setting meaningful goals for the month. By investing your time wisely, you can achieve a clutter-free home, enjoy more quality time with your family, and create an inviting environment that fosters peace and serenity.

Have a fantastic October, and may your home be your haven of tranquility!

Grab the Free October Organize It! Planner and Get the Fall Full House Sweep Started Today

 

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Planning Your Homeschool Year

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planning homeschool yearPlanning Your Homeschool Year

Podcast #34

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks to Hannah Kartagener about planning the homeschool year. Listen in for tips and advice on how to play your year from veteran homeschool moms.

Planning some times involves planners! Something we love at FPEA. This year, FPEA introduced a new homeschool life planner – the Live Free Planner.  It sold out quickly!  Be sure to pick one up at the FPEA Store in the Convention hall  in May!

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

Please visit www.fpea.com to learn more about who we are!