Homemaking Help 101

Do you feel lost in your homemaking and don’t know where to begin? Did you not receive the training you desire to be a resourceful homemaker? Do you desire a routine but just feel hopeless? Here is a compilation of all the best articles here at Passionate Homemaking and elsewhere on the basics of homemaking, from cleaning to menu planning to your mission. I hope having them all in one place would make it easier for you to take simple steps, one by one, in finding a routine that works best for you. Remember, these are just tools and they certainly are not all encompassing. Feel free to adapt them to your preferences. This is just a resource to help encourage you in making a beautiful and peaceful home that brings delight to the residents and blessing to those who enter through your doors.

Housecleaning

Cleaning Your House in 30 Minutes per day

How to Wash Your Laundry in One Day

Organizing Kitchen Storage with Canning Jars

Fly Lady Routines

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Fifteen Family Chore Charts

Schedules & Routines

12 Efficiency Tips in the Kitchen

Developing a Simple Schedule & Routine

Get a Maid, a Chef, and a Nanny by Creating Effective Routines

Establishing a Morning Routine

Tips for Maintaining a Simple Peaceful Home: Routines, To Do Lists, and More

Simplifying the Schedule

Establish Routines for a Simple Home

Start Your Day By Getting Dressed

Menu Planning

Simple Menu Planning  

Dry Erase Menu Plan System

Simplifying By Buying Groceries Online

Monthly Grocery Shopping

Monthly Baking Routine

Home Management

Homemaking Binder

Build a Home Planning Notebook

My Favorite iPhone Apps for Home Management 

Simple Steps to Declutter Your Home

Taking a Weekly Planning Retreat

Simplifying by Planning

Yearly Planning with a File Crate System

Free Printable Homemaking Resources

The Color Coded Family

Home Decorating

Simple Home Decorating on A Budget 

Simple & Frugal Children’s Bedroom Decor

Make a House a Home – Decor

Decorating on A Budget – Part 1 & Part 2

Artwork in the Home

Homemaking How-To’s

How to Properly Iron Your Clothes

How to Wash Your Clothes

Keeping it All In Perspective

Making Your Home Lovely

Tips for Maintaining a Simple Peaceful Home

No Mundane Task

Pitfalls of To-Do Lists

A Home for God

Increasing the Passion In Your Homemaking

Understanding the Heart of Order

Let Your Work Be Your Worship

Homemaking Resource Recommendations

Maximize Your Mornings by Kat @ Inspired to Action (a powerful tool for making the most of your day by starting it out right!)
Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney (Read my full review here)
From Clutter to Clarity: Maximizing Life from the Inside Out by Nancy Twigg (It starts with the heart! Love this book!)
One Bite at A Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider (small weekly goals for organizing a simple home – practical and doable!)
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider (a room by room guide to getting organized!)
Managers of the Home: A Practical Guide to Daily Scheduling for Christian Homeschool Families by Steve & Teri Maxwell (my mom swears by this book and she managed to homeschool and organize a family of 8 children!)
I’m an Organizing Junkie   (a useful blog for all things organizing!)

What are your favorite homemaking articles? Add your favorite links in the comments below! We’d love to hear what has helped you!

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About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

17 Responses to Homemaking Help 101

  1. Restaurants tampa florida November 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Home making is quite a tough job and more than what most people can imagine. The tips that you have mentioned in your blog are real help. Thanks a lot!

  2. Jasmine November 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    I am soooooo happy I came across your blog Lindsay. I am getting married in a couple of months and becoming a housewife doesn’t seem like it will be bad at all. My fiance says thanks. Hahaha

  3. Lindsay November 5, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    This is really great!! Thanks for putting all the resources together. I love directing moms to your site. One thing I very strongly disagree with (and I think you might change your mind once you start schooling all of your children ;) ) is laundry in one day. Leaving laundry (especially anything damp) for just one day a week is mind boggling to me. Since we have such conveniences as great washers and dryers, I can’t imagine leaving it all for one loooong day of washing. Not to mention we don’t have enough clothing to do this (we are a large family living in the country, and boy do we have dirt! ;) ). I almost continually have a baby in cloth diapers and I wouldn’t go more than 2 days without washing those or we get problems with smell and ammonia. Laundry is a regular, routine chore and part of our day just like dishes. I would never leave dishes (even rinsed) for days on end. Any chore that piles up should be done daily. That is one piece of advice I’ve given moms in my life who aren’t naturally organized that has never failed to get them on track. Just a thought you might consider incorporating in your advice, especially for large families! :) Blessings!!! :)

  4. Jessemyn November 3, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    Thank You from a wife and mom who doesn’t come by organization naturally!

  5. Monica October 26, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Thank you Lindsay for such a comprehensive resource. Someone shared this with me. Here’s a link I like:

    http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-get-an-hour-back-every-day_10347621.bc

  6. Rachel W. October 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    I’ve been steadily chipping away at the articles in this list, and it’s been absolutely wonderful. I’m relatively new to PH, and this is a great introduction/overview of what you have to offer here. Reading through these has been encouraging because I’ve been really working on my home management skills, and a lot of these articles are showing me that I’m definitely moving in the right diretion. The articles have also given me some great ideas to keep up my momentum and maybe add in some things that will really streamline my efforts. Thank you!

  7. Kait October 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Thank you for this list!! What an incredible blessing! I’m so excited to read through it. :D

  8. Kate R. October 19, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    I feel the same way as KT, you must have been eavesdropping on my prayers too, LOL. I am so tired of feeling adrift and tossed about in a sea of daily tasks and to-do list items. So often I feel like I can’t do anything outside of basic cooking, cleaning and small child care because it’s just this big overwhelming blob of urgent needs. So, I am eager to click these links.. thanks : D

  9. KT October 18, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Have you been eavesdropping in my conversations and heart lately, or are you simply one answer to prayer? My husband has always been both more effective and more efficient at household tasks than I am, but we both believe I am the primary keeper of the home. But how I struggle, oh how I struggle, to keep the home to his standards (I was raised in a home where standards were rather low due to various providences which prevented my mother from keeping house to the level she would like, while he was raised in a home which seems to always sparkle by a woman who can do oh-so-much in oh-so-short a time). Last week in an effort to cheer me up he cleaned our entire home in about 2 hours. I felt so defeated – it takes me a week to do all the work he did! Since then I’ve been looking for whatever tips and tricks I can find and trying to find encouragement to keep up the fight. Thank you for providing these references.

  10. April October 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    So helpful! Thank you for this awesome compilation!

  11. kathi October 17, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    i’m brand new to PH … this will be SO helpful!

    thank you,
    kathi

  12. Colleen Sleadd October 17, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    That’s a great list, and now I have no excuses.

  13. Marissa October 17, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    I’ve been married for 5 years, and a mommy for 3 1/2, and my homemaking ability has *always* been subpar. I have the desire, but not the skills, and it’s easy for me to slip into apathetic mode because I don’t know where to start. I googled “homemaking” the other night, and I found your site–’ve known about it in the past, but haven’t spent much time on it. Today’s post is perfect for someone like me. Thank you!

  14. Laura October 17, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Oh Lindsay what a fantastic list of resources…thank you for rounding them all up for us in one spot. Thank you as well for including my site, I’m really touched by that and appreciate it so much.

    I will be sharing this awesome post with my readers!

    Laura

  15. Lacee October 17, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    I have really enjoyed using a lot of your strategies in my home. The cleaning a little everyday and the dinner night categories have especially helped me. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this blog!

  16. Erika October 17, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Laura at Heavenly Homemakers does an excellent job explaining things like her meal planning strategy, her grocery shopping methods, and giving product reviews for household and health & beauty products. She is my go-to for simple, delicious recipes as well!

    • Lindsay October 20, 2012 at 6:29 am #

      Yes! I have loved corresponding with and following Heavenly Homemakers over the years! She’s awesome!