There are umpteen gazillion books and magazines and blogs and websites out there that tell women how to “properly” do homemaking. For me, it boils down to one rule. It’s a simple homemaking rule, but profound once you routinely put it into practice.
My Homemaking Rule
Put it all away, every day.
This is the cardinal rule around our house. We don’t leave the house unless it is picked up. We don’t go to bed unless the house is picked up.
That isn’t to say that things don’t look a bit lived in at various points during the day. We do have a toddler, you know. We are teaching Caroline to put things away before she gets something else out, but it is a lesson in progress.
But when we get up in the morning, it is to a picked up house. When we come home from church or grocery shopping or running errands, it is to a picked up house.
A Picked Up House
Notice I didn’t say clean or immaculate or pristine. I don’t dust as often as I would like. I don’t vacuum as often as I would like. I don’t clean the bathrooms as often as I would like. I don’t wipe down the floors as often as I would like. I have small piles on my desk at times.
But the house gets picked up every day. The dishes get washed before we go to bed. Everything is put in its place. I can probably count on two hands (maybe one) the number of times we’ve broken this rule due to illness and such over the past thirteen years. And once you get in the habit of picking everything up every day, it becomes second nature.
So, that is my tip: Put it all away, every day.