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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Makeover for Mom

 Posted by on April 7, 2011  3 Responses »
Apr 072011

When we think of makeover, our mind usually goes to things pertaining to clothes, hair, makeup and so on.  Or maybe we think of Ty and those crazy folks at Extreme Home Makeover 🙂

I’d like to suggest a different kind of makeover for mom. I was in dire need of this kind of makeover after having  Baby J in January. After all those lovely meals prepared by friends and family were done, and I was left to plan the meals again, I drew a total blank! All I could think of were the same (boring) meals I’d been rotating over and over while I was pregnant, many of which I had also doubled up on to freeze, so we were in need of some change!

I had read about e-Mealz on a blog or two, and was intrigued, but it was when my friend Kim started using it and liked it that I finally decided to give it a try. If it worked for a mom of eight, then surely it would work for this mom of seven 🙂


Turns out that it was just what I needed to get over the hump! Continue reading »

Apr 292010

It’s that time again…time to make the meal plan, grocery list and do the shopping.  I am so glad to have a new tool at my disposal to help with this!

If you missed the original post in the series, you can catch up here, but you don’t need to.

In the original post, I shared my coupon system and mentioned that one day I might upgrade to a binder system.  Well, I finally caved and invested in a binder to keep track of my coupons.

Wally - the binder model

You might already be doing this, if so keep reading and share your insights at the end.  If not, maybe this is something that will help speed up a necessary, but often time-consuming task.  Here’s a quick run-down for you:

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Back to basics: big-shop cooking

 Posted by on January 26, 2010  13 Responses »
Jan 262010

I must be honest. I’m not a true once-a-month cook. I tried. I strived (or strove). But it wasn’t easy. So instead of once-a-month cooking, I break cooking down into easy pieces and parts. We’ve talked about fixing simple suppers and doubling recipes. The other sock-it-away strategy I use is when-you-do-the-big-shop-cooking.

Big-shop cooking came about because I avoid the grocery store. I try my best not to go there unless absolutely necessary. We do our grocery shopping around pay days, so twice a month. Sure we need to run to get milk every now and then. However, since I’ve been following Kerri’s two-week menu planning example and posting my meal plans, those trips are fewer. It’s intentional. Money-saving too.

Hey! I can talk myself into two steps.

When the score comes in from the grocery store, this mama cooks. Right then. Just like Kim, I put the slow cooker to work browning ground beef, ground turkey and/or chicken. The big-shop cooking amounts to two steps: (1) stirring then (2) bagging. Continue reading »