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After 8 children I have learned a few things to keep my house under control, managed and reasonably clean.  It is not perfect, but it is not chaos by any means.  Perhaps some of my methods will give you some ideas on managing your home. Everyone has different situations, so my ways will not work for everyone, but they might inspire you with ideas that will work for you!





Homemaking Organization, Tips and Recipes and More!

Organizing the Home

Keeping the Children's Bedrooms Organized

The Laundry Room


Home Management

The Kitchen, The Heart of  My Home

Our Week at a Glance

My Daily Schedule

Our Day at a Glance

Menu Planning

The Bathroom Summertime, Chores & Routines, and the Little Talk I Had With My Kids 
Clutter Control Tips  Homemade Household Cleaners Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe
Making Homemade Laundry Detergent... Is It Worth It?  Making Laundry Soap: Step-by-Step in Pictures! Making Laundry Soap: Questions Answered

Printable Monthly Menu Planning Calendars

Diapers Choices for the Homesteader:
Cloth or Disposable?
Overwhelmed by House Cleaning and Organization?
How to Menu Plan and Grocery Shop for 2 Weeks  Organization Ideas Getting Real with Weight Loss


New eBook from The Family Homestead

Managing a Home:
Tips, Organizational Advice and Practical
How-To’s from a Mother of 8

This 60+ page eBook is packed with helpful information laid out in an organized manner on how to manage and organize your home. Click HERE for more information!




Past Articles from



Organization and the New Year

My Influence On Our Budget

Money Saving Ideas

Spring and Spring Cleaning

Getting Back On Track


Summer Time

Preparing For Winter

Keeping the Balance While "Keeping the House"

Organize and Declutter Your Home

Housework.. Drudgery or Service?

Daily Planner/Homemaking Journal

My Home, a Reflection of Me

Steps to an Organized Kitchen

Organized Living

Teaching My Daughters the Business of the Kitchen

How to have a Memorable and Stress Free Summer

 Living a Simple Life

 Can You Do It All?

How I feed My Husband and Myself for $150 a Month by Carolyn Root

Feelings of Inadequacy

Tackling the Grocery Budget!

The Content Heart

It's an Emergency! Are you Prepared?
By Jennifer Zeitz

 Menus, Budgeting and Calculating the Numbers

Does a Homemaker Have a Positive Effect on a Family?

Home Comforts and Orderliness

Simplifying Your Life

Fall Time Preparations

Setting New Year Goals









Homemaking Notebook

Make a Homemaking Notebook Homemaking Notebook Photos My Notebook Details
Cleaning Lists   Home Organization on CD


Need a little more organizing help in the home?

Check out my Home Organization on CD!

Helpful home organization information along with charts and housekeeping checklists, grocery price book pages, calendar, and more! 






Keeper of the Home 101

Basic lessons in Keeping the Home

Keeper of the Home 101: The Place to Start

Lesson #2: Time Management

Lesson #3: Well Defined Systems

Lesson #4: The Business of Keeping House

Lesson #5: Managing the Home








Spring Clean Your Home

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Clean Your Home With Me!

Spring Clean the Kitchen

Spring Clean the Living Room/Family Room

 Spring Clean the Bathroom!

 Spring Clean the Bedrooms!






Focus on:
Loving and Revering our Husbands




Time For Tea?

Enjoy a little break in your day and sit down to nice cup of hot tea.  It is perfect for the fall and winter months!

Start a Ritual of Tea Time with your Girls!     Need to Relax?    

Afternoon Tea and High Tea - Are They One And The Same?






Thanksgiving Thoughts:


Make a Thankful Tree With Your Family!

Christmas Thoughts and Traditions

  Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas

  Six Inexpensive and Creative Ideas For Valentines Day

A Season of Thankfulness

Christmas and Finances

Homemade Christmas Gifts


Frugal and Helpful Gift Ideas!






Free Printable "TO-DO" List!





The Virtues of Aprons

    I recently read an article on wearing aprons called
APRON EVANGELISM by Maggie, the Hillbilly Housewife.  It has had me thinking of the goodness and excellences of this long ago practice.  I remember my grandmother wearing aprons; I know she would never have worked in the kitchen without one.  I do have a couple of aprons stuffed somewhere around here, but that should give you an indication of how often I use them :).  But after reading this article I have begun to think of aprons in a whole new way.  Wearing aprons has practical value in that it will keep my clothes much cleaner, I can bake and cook and go down to the garden or the chicken house without worrying about my clothes, but wearing an apron can also make a statement to those around me.  It can give my position as housewife, meaning and respect, just like a uniform gives a nurse or any worker respect from those around them. I think of all the shows I have watched where the women wore aprons, Little House on the Prairie, Sarah Plain and Tall, The Waltons.  These shows all bring thoughts of home, a mothers value, worth and position.  I am still discovering all the positive effects an apron can have on a homemaker, but after reading Maggie’s article I am now looking forward to sewing myself up a few aprons.  I searched the web and found a few free patterns.  You can go to the SEWING section to see the links to these patterns. 

Other apron articles that I found and enjoyed

APRONS, a heart warmer


I think it is time for this tradition of years gone by to become a new tradition for homemakers today.  :)



Titus 2:3-5  The older women likewise, that they be reverent tin behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things-- that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.






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