How to Build a Housework Framework

Everything has a framework, whether it’s conscious or not. The government’s framework is the Constitution. Our education’s framework is made of our core principles. A computer software framework is the basic functionality before the frills and features. And our housework needs a framework just as much as anything else we do or use. We need to have an underlying structure that gives shape to our days and support to our sanity. Without a framework, we’re sloppy, floppy, and choppy. We … Read More

3 Ways to Make Hospitality a Habit

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So, we know that our home is for hospitality, but it seems so hard – it’s extra, and we have no room for extra. The one thing that makes hospitality so difficult is that we are out of practice. It is easy to slip into selfish patterns: doing what needs to be done on our own agendas, taking a break, keeping to ourselves and our own thoughts. Instead, we need to practice the habit of hospitality. The habit of hospitality … Read More

Why Kids Need Chores

Do your kids have chores? Do they do more than clean up their own rooms and their own messes? Are you preparing them in both habit and mindset to be helpers? I think it is healthy for children to have daily chores so that they are accustomed to the routine upkeep life requires and so that they mature in responsibility and skill apart from academic work. Daily chores give children a leg-up in life in three key ways. Kids Need … Read More

Home is for Hospitality

I heaved a heavy sigh. A quick glance around the living room showed that children had been here. Books stacked haphazardly on the shelves and side table, papers peeping from under the couch, toys strewn – life had here been lived. A move into the kitchen didn’t help. Dishes. Crumbs. Smears on the fridge and stovetop. So much to do. And it’s not just that it needed to be done. The real discouragement was that even if I did do … Read More

Friday Four

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1. Organizing One of my Instagrams sparked quite a bit of idea-generating, so I thought it’d be a good one to call out here. The question is: What to do with all those cups?! Possible solutions to the “too many cups out!” issue: washi tape + names written color-coded washi tape alone water bottles individual unique mugs rubber bands or drink bands colored cups We did the color-coded waterbottle thing for awhile: it worked well except when 2 people broke … Read More

One Word for 2017

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You might think that because I have a whole system for life management laid out, I have it all together. But it’s not true. I get distracted. I get off track. I try flying by the seat of pants. Then I crash and burn. That’s why I’m just as excited as everyone else for the New Year New Attitude Consistency Crew. And that’s why I’ve chosen a very particular word to focus my attention and efforts this year: Reliable My … Read More

Friday Five: goals, menus, & books

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1. Goal Setting Are you making goals for 2017? Here are some helpful articles I’ve written in the past to help you focus on what matters in 2017: 5 Habits for a More Productive Year Start the Year Well: Keystone Habits Make goals that fit your reality. Or maybe you’re tired of setting goals and forgetting about them by February? Do you want to get a grip and start making progress in your home and your approach to life but … Read More

Friday Five: Transforming Inboxes

1. Thinking We must therefore allow children breathing-time from perpetual tasks, and remember that all our life there is a division of relaxation and effort. – Plutarch This was the quote from my post on classical education this week. It applies to us as moms in all we do, as well, for he notes this is true “all our life.” Do you have divided time for relaxation? Do you have divided time for effort? As we head toward a new … Read More

How to Create a Personalized Housecleaning Plan

There is one big problem with housecleaning. It’s never done. We make the checkmark, but the task returns the very next day or week. Making decisions is fatiguing. Front-load the decisions about what to do when is sanity-saving. The goal is regularity. A daily good enough. Remember that your home is a tool to be used. Its perfect end-state is not perfection. Its reason for being is as a setting for the drama of life unfolding within its walls. Is … Read More

Friday Five: Snow & Soup

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1. Thinking Do you set yearly goals? Have you started yet? How do you make a plan to reach them? With interval planning, of course. 2. Doing I took a meal to a family this week. The day was cold, I had a giant gifted butternut squash and turkey bone broth in the fridge, so clearly I had to make soup. But transporting soup is a pain. Here’s what I did: We get the giant jars of pickles, and I … Read More

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