1. Clean the kitchen before you go to bed. If you can’t clean the kitchen at least stack the dishes and wipe the counters clean. Waking up to a decently clean kitchen makes a huge difference in your day. Preparing the coffee maker, planning breakfast and setting out the dishes will make you feel like you are waking up in a Bed and Breakfast:).
2. Give yourself permission to have a daily “pretty time” everyday.Shower,fix your hair and get dressed down to your toes (if you have little ones you may have to do this in stages).Everyone benefits when a woman feels and looks pretty…especially the woman.
3. Plan dinner shortly after breakfast. This way you can thaw meat ahead of time and beat the “Oh no, it’s 5:30 p.m. and everyone’s hungry-panic.” If all this morning activity is just too much for you, plan it the night before. You will save time and money.
4. Become a reader (if you aren’t already). Read thought-provoking, uplifting literature to fill your mind with good “food” as you work hard throughout the day(listen to audio books if it helps). Begin with the word of God.
5. Give everything to God, constantly talking to Him throughout the day. Develop a habit of asking for His wisdom and guidance in whatever you do whether it is grocery shopping, party planning, budgeting or giving counsel to a friend.
6. As you plan your week make Sunday, the day of worship, the high point of the week. Make sure the housework is caught up by the weekend, special meals are planned and prepared by Saturday night and all is in readiness for a true day of rest and refreshment. You will find that the whole week will flow more smoothly as you make God’s day a priority.
7. Talk to your children about one thing they can do each week to make the home more inviting. Including them in this kind of planning may bring surprising results (a centerpiece made of pretty stones for the dinner table perhaps?).
8. Dishes, laundry and meals are the three areas which create the biggest messes in our homes. Strive to keep them under control by being diligent every day. Discipline learned in those areas will spill over and impact other areas as well.
9. Greet everyone who enters the house with a smile and a “how are you?” even your own children. Let them know you are glad to see them especially the man of the house.
10. Every home and family is unique. Rejoice in the fact that God has a special plan for you and those that you love and He will give you creative ideas for living out His will with joy!
“What really does work to increase the feeling of having a home and its comforts is housekeeping. Housekeeping creates cleanliness, order, regularity, beauty, the conditions for health and safety, and a good place to do and feel all the things you wish and need to do and feel in your home.
“Whether you live alone or with a spouse, parents, and ten children, it is your housekeeping that makes your home alive, that turns it into a small society in its own right, a vital place with its own ways and rhythms, the place where you can be more yourself than you can be anywhere else.”
—Cheryl Mendelson, Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House