A Convivial Home: Enjoying Life, Children, and God

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I wasn’t yet tuned into the right questions when I picked up The Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family. Knox was a baby, I was sleep-deprived, I thought maybe I could pick up a few new tips to help cope. I don’t remember any new hints or tips. It’s not that they weren’t there. I’m sure if I went back to it now I might be able to add a few things to my repertoire. At the time, … Read More

A Convivial Home: What Has Happened to All Your Joy?

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I am living the life I always wanted. I grew up the oldest of 7, homeschooled, reading Anne of Green Gables and heaps of sappy Christian romance novels. To be honest, I never did even comprehend what problem modern women had with traditional, biblical womanhood. Not only did I swallow the conservative family party line hook line and sinker as a child, but I grew up with my mom in the home, always, even though it meant some extremely lean … Read More

Review: Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot – Simply Convivial

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A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul by Holly Pierlot My rating: 5 of 5 stars Own. Recommended by Willa & DeputyHeadmistress. In case my Tri-City friends are interested, the Mid-Columbia Library has ordered a copy. Overview A “Rule of Life” is a concept the author took from medieval monastics. I found it interesting that it incorporated many concepts popular in current self-help categories, yet she never mentioned the modern … Read More

Securing a Reasonably Clean House: Initial Steps & Secrets

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Begin with the introduction to the Reasonably Clean series to get the foundation and the linked table of contents for the series! The Original Reasonably Clean Source The chatty, photo-laden, good-humored original. The Reasonably Clean, Fairly Neat, and Comfortably Tidy House. A Pep Talk for Organization. In which I give you a secret to get you started on The Reasonably Clean House. My Summary & Reflection The basics Leila gives us 4 steps to taking dominion in our domain: Know … Read More

Securing a Reasonably Clean Home: Zones

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Begin with the introduction to the Reasonably Clean series to get the foundation and the linked table of contents for the series! From Leila, on how to attain a reasonably clean house The Reasonably Clean, Fairly Neat, and Comfortably Tidy House. A Pep Talk for Organization. In which I give you a secret to get you started on The Reasonably Clean House. The Moderate Clean. Two secrets to keeping your house on track. Basic Cleaning Tools Establish Zones for Your … Read More

Securing a Reasonably Clean House: More on Zones – Simply Convivial

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Begin with the introduction to the Reasonably Clean series to get the foundation and the linked table of contents for the series! So, here’s the question: Is it better to have a big cleaning day or to clean a little bit every day? My point of reference for answering this question is laundry. With laundry, too, you can have a big laundry day or do a little every day (though once your family gets large enough, it’s more like every … Read More

Securing a Reasonably Clean House: Afternoon EHAP – Simply Convivial

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Begin with the introduction to the Reasonably Clean series to get the foundation and the linked table of contents for the series! Leila’s Housecleaning Blitz Tips The Blitz The Reasonably Clean, Fairly Neat, and Comfortably Tidy House. A Pep Talk for Organization. In which I give you a secret to get you started on The Reasonably Clean House. The Moderate Clean. Two secrets to keeping your house on track. Basic Cleaning Tools What is the Blitz? Your aim is not … Read More

Securing a Reasonably Clean House: Maintaining an Even Keel – Simply Convivial

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Begin with the introduction to the Reasonably Clean series to get the foundation and the linked table of contents for the series! Here are Auntie Leila’s rules for not getting to that overwhelmed stage quite so quickly or frequently. Personally, my current practice involves maybe a third of her rules, and several of them I’m still kicking against. I am in the process of acquiring mats, though! Confine Mess Children keep toys in limited areas and do not get free … Read More

31 Days to Clean: A Visual Well Done. – Simply Convivial

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I have been enjoying the short but thoughtful daily chapters of the ebook “31 Days to Clean,” and the accompanying two daily tasks: one contemplative and one active. In this first week I have accomplished several deep cleaning tasks in the kitchen that I had not yet done at all in the two years we have been in this house, like cleaning the oven, or had not done recently enough, like clean the inside of the microwave and fridge. They … Read More

Keeping House — Preface

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To follow the entire series, see my table of contents for this Keeping House book club series. Willa has started an online book club for Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life, which has been on my to-read shelf for almost a year. She has already posted a bit of the summary of the preface and topic of the book, so I’ll jump into quotes and my own rabbit trails. Homemaking Is Homemaking includes but is not entirely housework. It … Read More

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