Aug 092012

Here at Habits for a Happy Home we are not all about sparkly, spotless homes. I hope that you have seen, through our Day in the Life series this month, that we are regular sorts of people. Each one of us struggles. Just as our ‘About’ page says, “My hope is that this blog will serve to inspire all of us to replace some bad habits with good ones and keep us on the road toward the kind of home that pleases the Lord.”

Building a home that pleases Him is what this guide to housekeeping habits is about. Being a practical help for our homes so that we ultimately glorify Him. Each of our contributors keeps house with the help of different habits. So many of those are shared here in our archives. We bring those to your attention today and offer encouragement from around the web as well.

She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Proverbs 31:27 The Message

What is a Proverbs 31 Woman? by Angie “Just Listen, obey and enjoy the blessings that will come to you, your husband and your kids because you are walking in HIS will!”

Cleaning/Clutter Busting

  • Cleaning Thankfully – “be thankful for the little fingers and noses that made those smudges.” by Kendra

I’m still working on a way to be thankful while I’m dusting, but you get the idea.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.  ~Thomas Edison

Chores/Training/Service Opportunities

Household Management/Organization

  • Household Notebook by Kerri. She details the key for planning to be spontaneous and gives us a peek inside her notebook.
  • Evernote App by Steve – it even holds the family drive thru list.
  • Fight Fire with Fire by Kendra – using technology for reminders.
  • My Coupon Binder by Heidi “One of the things that keeps many people from couponing is the clipping and sorting and organizing.”
  • Spring Forward: A Seasonal Assessment by Tricia “You can do it. Invest planning time now so you are free to enjoy Easter and those pretty spring afternoons. Just chunks of time. Bits of brain power here and there. Short-sleeved weather will arrive and you’ll have your family ready.”
  • What if you work and homeschool? Joan at Our School at Home is sharing an Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling as a Working Mom
  • How about some Time Management Tips. Kathy at Cornerstone Confessions has those too. “Look carefully then how walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16) Plus she offers some general organization tips for many parts of the home including the family automobile.

Taste and see the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8

Menu Planning and Feeding the Family

  • Our Recipe Box – all the recipes our contributors have put in the box.
  • What’s For Dinner? series by Kerri. Do not miss these information packed posts from a mama of eight! Kerri shows you how to plan menus, make a grocery list, organize coupons so you will use them, double recipes, and pull in your helper for a wonderful presentation of a meal!

Realization: Frozen dinner – homemade by me – equals a weeknight vacation!



Websites for Housekeeping Helps

A Slob Comes Clean

Habit Formation Help

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Jul 102010

Part Three of Chores or Service Opportunities?

We have a system of Service Opportunities in place for our children to earn money.  The system allows us to pay a pre-determined amount of money for common household chores. (See The Habit of Rewarding Service)

A common problem with this method is that a child will perform a Service Opportunity, and then tell Hodgepodgemom about it.  Hodgepodgemom would keep the tally and pass it on for me to calculate the amount of money earned by each child.  Sometimes, though, Hodgepodgemom was busy with other things and would forget to record the task in the child’s Service Opportunity tally.  The fact that the task was done thus gets forgotten.

Knowing that this was a problem, we set out to develop a new way to track Service Opportunities.

Enter the Service Opportunities chalkboard and accompanying tally clipboard. Continue reading »

The habit of rewarding service

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Dec 192009

Part Two of Chores or Service Opportunities?

As parents, we want our children to have wisdom, faithfulness, and diligence.  They need to be able to handle money wisely.  They also need to learn how to work.  We combine these two goals; we pay our children for a portion of their work around the house.

The bible clearly links work with material gain.  It also links work to our very sustenance (2 Thes. 3:10-12).

God does not give allowances to those who won’t work (although He does provide for those who can’t).  We are living in a time when some believe that they are “entitled” to something for which they did not work.

“What do your children do with all of that money?” you may ask.  We divide earnings into seven categories: Continue reading »

Chores or service opportunities?

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Dec 152009

Which sounds better to you – a household task or a chance to help? When I think of chore I think of Eeyore, hanging his head down because he has to rebuild his house of sticks, again. However, in service, we can choose to find freedom. The Bible urges us to serve one another in Galatians 5:13:

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom…

In our home, we have basic expectations for everyone. Make your bed. Pick up after yourself. Clear your spot at the table. Maintain your jurisdiction. Most things above and beyond the basics we will gladly PAY to be done. Paid jobs are called service opportunities.

Home Blessing Hour. One fun way the children can earn quick service opportunities money is during our weekly home blessing hour. This time is similar to Kendra’s Power Hour. We put jobs on strips of paper and each draws one. The timer is set for 10 minutes. Home blessing includes: Continue reading »


 Posted by on December 8, 2009  14 Responses »
Dec 082009

“Time to pick up jurisdictions,” I call.

There is honestly no way I could possibly follow behind five children and keep our home straight. And homeschool. Since we are all part of a family, all should contribute. Carving the big job into smaller parts makes it easier for everyone.

We adopted the jurisdiction habit from the Duggar family several years ago.

Jurisdiction: the territory or sphere of activity over which the legal authority of a court or other institution extends.

Simply translated for our home, a jurisdiction is the area a child is responsible for maintaining. Pick up the toys, keep the area clean. To start with, each child is responsible for his or her own bedroom. Those that share a room share in the duty.

But each child is also in charge of another area of the house. Older ones have a bit more responsibility. Here’s a peek at the way our jurisdiction lines are drawn: Continue reading »