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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Toasty Warm

 Posted by on November 29, 2011  3 Responses »
Nov 292011

This habit many of us know about. But often I need to be reminded of it in the thick of nightly ‘crazy time.’ Crazy time because I’m bathing children, cleaning up supper dishes, packing my husband’s lunch, practicing drama troupe lines with dramatic girls… Just like all other mamas out there.

Just tuck this in your mind. It has a calming effect on loved ones. Tuck bath towels and/or pajamas into the dryer to warm. While you are drawing that bath for little toes, toss those items in the dryer for just ten minutes. Then wrap warmth around the sweet ones in your life so they can be toasty.

I promise it is a habit for wrapping smiles on faces!

P.S. I’m sharing a bonus habit today over at Heart of the Matter. A homeschool habit we practice in December…Take December Off

What cozy habits do you enjoy while it’s cold outside?

Jul 052011

Here I am, smack dab in the middle of an annual habit of purging. Since I find myself in the overwhelm of this task, I thought there might be some of you doing the same – and feeling the overwhelm too? The habits I’m sharing today from the archives not only help with clutter busting, they are the basic housekeeping ones for our Hodgepodge. The ones that rescue me when I’m surrounded. The ones that even bless children. (A five-minute room rescue sounds better to a child than ‘go pick up your room’).

These are the habits – with rewards – we turn to daily. Yes, we’ve tried other housekeeping, picking up and cleaning up strategies. But these are the ones that stick for us. What is expected by everyone. So here are links to what has worked for years:

1. Flylady- Tools Not Rules:
Are YOU living in CHAOS? (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) Do you feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn? Hopeless and you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry friend, we’ve been there, too. ~ Flylady

You knew it was coming. How could a blog be devoted to happy habits without a post on Flylady? Her tools are a chief resource on habit formation. Read more….

2. Jurisdictions:

“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. Read more… Continue reading »