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5 Tips For Successful Homemaking

I will be the first to admit that I am not a master homemaker, but it IS a passion of mine and something that I am constantly working on improving.

When I married my husband, I was 18 years old. That was almost 18 years ago, people.

I see you doing the math! Cut it out!

Aw. Just look at us.

Thankfully, my parents taught me how to cook, clean, and do laundry. (If you aren't doing that for your children, start today! It's never too late or too early)  Thanks, Mom! <3

However, the art of homemaking is something that I am still learning.

For some, homemaking can be overwhelming. How does one juggle all of the one hundred bajillion things that need to be done and still make a home? For someone like me--a creative, attention deficit, homeschooling, work-at-home mama with 5 businesses-- finding time to keep up with the housework and do all of the little things that bring comfort and joy to the family, seems almost impossible! It's enough to make me want to go to bed...and stay in bed...with a gallon of ice cream...until it all disappears.

Needless to say, I'm figuring out some ways to get most of my stuff done and saving my sanity in the process.

I wanted to share some tips that I have learned over the years that help me to be "successful" (major air quotes right here) at homemaking. 

  • DECLUTTER your home. This is huge, y'all. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to take care of your space! Decluttering creates a less chaotic environment that's easier to clean and maintain. It's also prettier, in my opinion. Having a few decorative items is great, but having empty space is also fabulous. Stick with a few decorative items that bring you a lot of joy and arrange them in away that is pleasing to you. For everything else, the old adage "A place for everything and everything in it's place" is a must! When I purge, which is regularly, I ask myself--when was the last time I wore/used/thought about this? If it's been a long time, I pitch it. If I haven't needed it for that long, I won't need it ever again. This system has always worked for me. I've never regretted getting rid of anything. 
Because our bedroom is decluttered, it's so peaceful!

  • MINIMIZE your family's wardrobe. How many articles of clothing or shoes does one person need? The less you have, the less you have to take care of, put away, and store. It's a sanity saver! Decide on how many shirts, pants, dresses, etc that you need in between laundry days, and then store everything else. Truth be told, most of us cycle through the same few shirts and pants/skirts all the time. Everything else is just clutter. Pick out the articles you love and store the rest.  You may forget about the other clothes or you may find that you need a few more shirts. After about a year, whatever you still have in storage can be donated or consigned.
  • SIMPLIFY your cleaning routine. Let's be honest, for most of us the amount of time that it takes to clean our house, and the degree of difficulty it is to clean, the more likely we are to ignore the state our home's cleanliness. The longer we ignore it, the longer it will take to clean it and the degree of difficulty to clean increases, thus causing us to go to bed with our ice cream. It's a terrible cycle, really. But, sister! It doesn't have to be that way! Find a cleaning routine that gives you peace.
    I found this one and I love that it has me doing quick and easy daily pick up chores and then cleaning one room a day. I can totally clean one room a day. To cut down on even more time, I use Norwex.
    The Household Package will clean 90% of your home with just water!
    Since all I have to do to clean and disinfect my home is add water, it cuts 70% percent of my cleaning time. I no longer have to pull out ten different cleaners, a bag of rags, two rolls of paper towels, mop, broom, and bucket. I use three cloths and my superior mop system. That's it. It's simple and quick. My cleaning routine is now enjoyable!
  • PLAN your meals. Before you go to bed at night, already have in mind what you are going to fix for supper the following night. That way, you can set out anything frozen that you will need thawed, or prep anything that you need to save time the next day (chop the veggies, make your marinade, soak your beans, etc).  Planning your meals will save your sanity, your time, and your money. It's a no brainer. For awesome frugal meal ideas, don't forget to check out our Frugal Family Food Facebook group and playlist on YouTube! You won't believe all the frugal meal ideas being shared. It's awesome! Also, follow Frugal Family Food on Instagram.

Planning meals will save you so much time and chaos
  • BE CONTENT with what you have. Take care of your home and your belongings. You will be amazed how far just doing that will go. A couple of weeks ago I was so ready to ditch my ten-year old Rainbow Vacuum for a cheap upright. Rainbows are high-end {code for VERY EXPENSIVE} vacuums, but over the years, it's performance has nose-dived. I was tired of the poor suction, and how cumbersome it is to pull that thing around. But the cheap upright is $50--and that's a lot of money for us, even for a cheap vacuum. So, I did something I should've done years ago. I took my Rainbow apart and scrubbed it, inside and out. It was like having a new-ish vacuum. I'm content with it once again. All it took was a little elbow grease, a little patience, and an attitude adjustment. ;) Being content is good for the mind, body, and wallet. 
I hope this is helpful and inspires you to keep working at your homemaking skills. It really can be enjoyable when you make it easier on yourself. Trust me, a little planning, a little (or a lot) less stuff, will make a huge impact on your homemaking, for the better.

Happy Homemaking!

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