Whether you are a new bride or have been running a home for decades, there is always something new to learn about homemaking. A review of homemaking basics never did anyone any harm.
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I’ve collected several of my basic homemaking posts here in one place for easy access. You might want to bookmark this page as there may be additional updates over time. If you have any specific homemaking topics you’d like me to address in future posts please let me know!
Homemaking is More Than Cleaning
It’s all too easy to think the primary job of the housewife is cleaning. Television commercials and sitcoms certainly give that impression. But homemaking is more than cleaning. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that cleaning is not even at the top of the list. The making of a comfortable and pleasant home encompasses a wide range of tasks and skills. Homemaking in the truest sense of the word requires insight, creativity, and most of all…love.
Dee’s Favorite Household Tools
Do you think of housekeeping as a job that requires good tools? You really should. Anything that is done so often as housework deserves quality tools. Muddling through with crappy equipment just makes cleaning more tedious than necessary. Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite housekeeping items.
Stay on Top of Housework With Three Daily Tasks
I’m a big believer in the idea that it’s easier to keep up than to catch up. Just three daily tasks done faithfully will go a long way toward keeping housework under control.
Many of us are finding ourselves cooking at home a lot more than usual these days. That makes menu planning even more important if you want to avoid the 5 p.m. “what’s for dinner?” frenzy. With a little planning we can make this part of homemaking much easier.
I’m going to go ahead and admit it. Laundry was my greatest homemaking challenge for many years. I was always behind! Then I sort of accidentally stumbled upon a laundry system that works for me and life has been better ever since.
Create a Cleaning Schedule That Works For You
There are any number of cleaning schedules available in housekeeping books or homemaking blogs. And they can certainly offer a good starting place. But everyone’s situation is unique so there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to a cleaning schedule that will work for YOU.
How To Create Your Own Homemaking Binder
Taking care of a home and family is a surprisingly complex job. Managing schedules, planning meals, organizing daily/weekly/seasonal tasks, keeping track of home-related information and so much more. Creating a homemaking binder can be a huge help in getting it together and staying on top of all that it takes to manage a home and family.
I hope you found some helpful information and some inspiration, as well, in those posts.
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I found your post on establishing the Flylady Morning Routine. Do you have any insights on setting up a good night time routine?
Deanna Piercy says
I haven’t written one specifically about a FlyLady evening routine (but thanks for the suggestion!). However, these two posts might be helpful:
Evening Routine ~ A Productive Day Begins at Night
Create a Beautiful Life With an Evening Ritual