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How Keeping the Kitchen Clean Gives me Hope

This entry is part 13 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

10 days of pursuing hope for our homes!  How are you doing?  Are you loving it? Hating the drudgery? Feeling weary from washing dishes and now sweeping the floors?

I must admit, I have found that my tasks simply do not take as long as they used to take.  I am able to flit through my kitchen in around 15 minutes at the end of the day and get everything in order, ready for a pleasant early morning greeting of clean floors and clean dishes ready to be put away. Continue Reading

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Hope for Homemakers, 28 Days, Day 11

This entry is part 14 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

Good morning!

Oh, my!! I fell off last night!  I just didn’t get the dishes done (even though there were very few) and I didn’t sweep before bed!  Uh-oh!

But the best part of this challenge and these new habits is I can get back on track VERY easily.  All I have to do is take a deep breath, do the dishes, and then sweep the floor.  I can be back on track in about 20 minutes!  Not bad.

Are you reading along in 28 Days to Hope for Your Home?  Did you notice that Mrs. Dana slipped something in on us today? Continue Reading

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Homemaking on the Weekend

This entry is part 15 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

Yea!  Another weekend is upon us!  But with our brand new “habits” we can have the freedom to enjoy the weekend with our family and not have a nightmare to clean up come Monday morning.  Right?

Or are you planning on taking the weekend off of your household habits?

It can be pretty tempting to slack off on the weekends.  I, personally have had the idea that if my husband is home (“off-work”) then I am off-work, too.  But I realize that this is not true! AND it leaves me more work to do when he goes back to work.  Creating that cycle of messy/clean/messy/clean that I am not so fond of. Continue Reading

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Wow Factor Homemaking

This entry is part 16 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

We are halfway through our 28 Days to Hope Challenge!  Are you starting to see or feel a small amount of hope for your home.  Are you enjoying the freedom the tasks in your kitchen are giving you?  Yea! Job well done.

Are you feeling a bit discouraged because you only swept the kitchen one time last week?  That’s OK.  There is always this week to get back on track and keep going! Are you feeling like there is not much of an impact on your home yet and are you frustrated by the clutter still piling up in other parts of your home? Let’s keep going and we shall see how you feel in the next couple of weeks. Continue Reading

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A Simple Homemaking List

This entry is part 17 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

It’s Tuesday morning again and I have Bible study to get ready for, so I will make today’s post brief.

How did you do with your first day of clearing clutter in your bathrooms?  I got to all 4 of my bathrooms.  A couple only took a minute or two (it was tempting to wipe down the counters, too), but a couple of them had a bit more clutter to clean up.  But as I did this process, I thought, “There is no way these bathrooms are going to get this messy in one day.”  We shall see what they look like when I make the rounds today.  If they aren’t bad, I might get inspired to wipe down the counters or swish the toilets. Continue Reading

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A Mirror for Homemakers

This entry is part 18 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

OK, so I fell out of habit yesterday a little bit and had to tackle a sink full of dishes and some heavier sweeping than normal (also we had a toddler who didn’t want to keep the latest sensory bin material in the sensory bin), but I got right back on that horse and rode today.  Got it all done and feel great about it.

Today, inspired by Dana White’s 28 Days to Hope for Your Home (affiliate link) entry for Day 17, I am going to talk about something a little controversial.  I welcome the discussion if you totally disagree with me and think I am crazy, but hear me out. Continue Reading