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Homemaking is harder than we thought it’d be.

It is exhausting us, even though others make it look easy.

We feel unprepared.

Plus, the work is never done. More than that, it’s always undone.

So it’s easy to get stuck in a bad attitude, a procrastination habit, and an avalanche of chaos.

You want homemaking to be satisfying and rewarding. But you don’t have the ability or capacity to move beyond overwhelm.

Everything you’ve tried to dig out of chaos and do a better job has not worked.

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Downloading other people’s checklists or planner pages won’t get you unstuck.

Here’s why those previous attempts have failed:

You tried to cut and paste someone else’s plan into your life.

You tried to hit the ground running Monday morning and were burnt out and thrown off before Wednesday.

You tried becoming a different person overnight.

You tried making a new routine the solution, but you KNOW your own choices that make or break the routines, not the other way around.

But here’s the question:

Are you satisfied at the end of the day with what you accomplished?

Do you feel calm and joy or stress and frustration when you look at your lists?

Do you know how to tell your plans are working?

Your plans are working not when you get them all done, but when they don’t stress you out.

You can find satisfaction and joy in your home – even when the work is unending.

If you have small children, the needs and work seem overwhelming.

If you’ve been married for more than a few years, you’ve realized that homemaking is harder than you thought it’d be.

If you’ve been married a long time, you’re tired of looking for what works.

If you have older kids, you know the one-size-fits-all solution won’t work, but you’re starting to give up hope that anything at all will work.

Don’t give up hope.

You don’t need to be overwhelmed.

You don’t need to be frustrated

Because what I have to share with you will help you make the changes that are essential before you see real progress.

But first –

Why does the housework and the to do list even matter?

As homemakers, managing family and home life is our calling. It is how we serve God. Homemaking is stewarding our resources – our money, space, and time – to the glory of God.

We are called to faithfulness, not success as the world defines it.

We are called to maturity, to growth in responsibility, not to stagnation or self-indulgence.

So the housework and to-do list matter not because the house ought to always be clean, but because how we work and what we work at matters to God and affects our relationship with Him.

We need to be in this homemaking gig for God’s glory, not our own.

The five reasons you’re still stuck and frustrated:

and how to get unstuck and motivated again

You need to get clarity about the feelings of vague obligations you feel and you need to declutter the responsibilities you’ve taken on – both commitments to others as well as unstated but felt commitments – according to your true calling. Start with Simplified Organization: Streamline Your Homemaking to do a brain dump and vocation mapping.

Decluttering is hard and takes time. Cleaning a backlog of mess is hard and takes time. Inside Simply Convivial Circle we don’t pretend decluttering is a weekend project or a quick and easy solution. We offer the supports to stick with it and also declutter your mental weight and bad attitudes as you get rid of stuff and clean as you go. Start with Simplified Organization: Streamline Your Homemaking to learn how to declutter with the right mindset.

On top of it all, these people want to eat multiple times a day! The struggle is real: We have a lot on our plates, and it all seems important and overwhelming. But when we identify our vocations and understand our priorities and shift our routines, we can keep things running smoothly. However, we have to redefine what “smoothly” is and adjust our expectations to fit reality. By working through Simplified Organization: Organize Your Attitude, you’ll get the paradigm and priority shift you need, and by completing the six-week Sweep & Smile program you’ll have the basic routines that keep things (mostly) reasonably clean.

News flash: you won’t ever get it all done. However, you can get the right things done. Moreover, you can learn to see this as a benefit and not a problem, because understanding our limitations moves us to dependance and reliance on God to supply our lack: both the lack we feel internally and the lack others experience. God is the One Who gives the increase. We can come with our few loaves & fish, our few talents, and watch Him work beyond what we can expect or imagine. Start with Simplified Organization: Work Your Plan to build doable time management habits.

Guess what: We know from Scripture what God can do with empty jugs. He can cause the oil to never run out, even when there was no oil left in the land. The wells we dig do run dry. The answer isn’t to dig more wells. It isn’t to try harder or to take time for ourselves. The answer is to grow in prayerful dependance and reliance on God who supplies our lack. The answer is to take His means of grace & rest rather than try to make up our own. Start with the Humble Habits program to learn how to “refill” without substituting self-help for spiritual growth.

Being calm, flexible, and happy as you juggle a busy life is possible.

You know you need to do something different, but you aren’t sure what.

This is what you’re missing:

Enroll in Continuing Education at Simply Convivial, and you’ll immediately get all three, every step of the way. You’ll also learn how to

  • Adapt any planner or plain paper to manage the details of life. No specialty products are necessary to do life well.
  • Eliminate guilt, irritability, and distraction as you move forward with purpose and peace.
  • Build the habits you need to experience consistency in your housework, homeschooling, and personal life.
  • Find true balance in your expectations and commitments: balance that is always active and grounded in justice and truth rather than feelings.
  • Experience satisfaction at the end of the day not because everything is done but because you know you spent your time and energy wisely.
  • Become flexible without frustration because you know your priorities & how to choose them when plans go awry.

Next up:

A BRAND NEW COURSE: Restful Routines
Starting August 28

Restful Routines will help you manage your use of time more wisely and faithfully with an intentional balance of work and true rest.

Restful Routines has 6 modules and will take 6 weeks to work through the material and create the time management habits you will continue to apply daily.

The truth is being organized does not mean being in control of the situation; it means being in control of ourselves.

Our attempts at organization fail because they focus on controlling our space, our situation, our spouses, our children…

Instead, we need to organize our own attitudes and our own choices.

To do that effectively, we need to shift our attention from the stuff and situation and learn how to change our attitude & approach.

Simply Convivial Continuing Education is where you’ll find both instruction & mentoring so you can be a homemaker who glorifies God.

But wait, who runs this thing?

Hi, I’m Mystie Winckler.

In my 18+ years of married life and 16+ years of mothering, I think I’ve read nearly all the homemaking and productivity books out there. 

They seemed like they should be helpful, but I still felt like I couldn’t get traction and that the smallest setback was a hurdle I couldn’t overcome. I felt like giving up. Baby #3, baby #4, baby #5 – each one sent me for a loop, undid progress I thought I had made, and showed me how little I had actually figured out.

As I climbed out of the chaos of life change each time, I realized what was really important. Yes, the dishes and the laundry matter, but my attitude and motivation in it all mattered more.

When we pursue homemaking and organization to glorify ourselves, we will end in frustration. But if we do it all for God’s glory and trust His providential care along the way, we can be organized. That is, we can calmly & cheerfully manage life at home.

Join me and hundreds of other ladies as we learn just that and apply it every day.

Here’s how I help you order not only our home, but yourself, too.


  • Insightful and action-oriented courses that cover every aspect of managing the home, life, and ourselves.
  • Weekly mentoring sessions that cover relevant topics and issues.
  • A member-only podcast so you can listen to the course lessons and session replays on your own time.
  • Both the course material and the community app are accessible on desktop, android, and iOS.


  • Focus on slow, incremental change for lasting growth.
  • Find accountability not only to course progress, but to habits and weekly goals.
  • Build habits and manageable routines to end the boom and bust cycle.
  • Printable checklists and weekly check-ins help you track your progress.

Thank you for showing me the way out of frustration.

“I have tried a lot of different planning programs, and I always get stuck on long-term planning. Trying to imagine the future makes little sense and feels very overwhelming. I am really loving the freedom of focusing on where I am now and what my responsibilities are now, trusting that if I am faithful in this, God will bring new opportunities into my life when the time is right.”

Lori Seaman

This has been a lifeline.

“Your ideas are so thorough and practical, but I’ve never before worked through something like this that led to worship of God. Thank you for not skirting the most important areas and deeper issues. You are mentoring me on the other side of the world, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing such solid work and deep honesty.”

Sarah Arnold

I feel less frazzled and less overwhelmed.

“I can tell my thinking is changing, I’m less overwhelmed and I know how to do the “next best thing” better. Overall I feel less frazzled and I’m quicker at rebounding when life gets crazy. I have struggled with time management and attitude for a long time, but Mystie has helped me so much since I’ve joined.”

Judy Troxler

I promise you will get the help you need here. If you don’t, we’ll refund your payment, no questions asked.

“Working through Simplified Organization has been transformational for me. It really helped me connect the dots and brought such clarity. Staying engaged with membership has helped me identify problem areas and given me workable strategies to overcome them. I keep coming back again and again to the courses, too, and every time they are helpful. Mystie’s insights and tips have been game changers for me! The Circle is helping me make progress even though my to-do list keeps getting longer!”

Kortney Garrison

“Simply Convivial will be a blessing to every wife who has not quite mastered the care + upkeep of her home or is lacking joy in her duties. By implementing new habits weekly, we are equipped to successfully and faithfully prepare our homes for service without the depressing boom and bust cycle. It’s not just practical how-to, it’s invaluable know-how that reaches the innermost spiritual obstacles and attitudes, so that we may not only complete our work, but do it joyfully as unto the LORD.”

Nina Craig

“I just want to say how much I love Convivial Circle! For a long time on Facebook, it was impossible Pinterest-perfect standards (bragging about vacations, perfect pictures, best elf on the shelf ideas, etc.), but now it’s become a race to the bottom (bragging about being the most tired, the most lazy, etc.). It’s really annoying. I like that on Convival Circle, we’re all just real. We don’t have to be Pinterest perfect, but we also don’t have to relegate ourselves to celebrating sins and shortcomings–we can build each other up and improve!”

Stefani Mons

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Simply Convivial Continuing Education can help you change your life – no joke. With over 500 women learning and applying these programs, I know we’ve got a good thing going. But online learning isn’t for everyone.

You don’t have to be afraid to try it out. If you’re not 100% satisfied for any reason simply email for a full refund.

No hoops to jump through; no questions asked.

Enrolling in Simply Convivial Continuing Education for homemakers has lots of perks:

  • Insightful courses about a broad range of homemaking and homeschooling issues.
  • A private chat-app community that’s not on Facebook, not governed by algorithms, and customizable for your needs.
  • Daily texts to encourage you and keep you engaged.
  • A member-only podcast so you can take the lessons or workshop replays on-the-go.
  • Weekly accountability emails with thoughtful, insightful reminders.
  • Weekly (at least) mentoring sessions via live video with Mystie (replays always available, too)
  • Monthly Member Meet-Ups where we all see each other and listen to each other discuss the month’s topic.
  • Live-run accountability programs through Simplified Organization (starts every January & July and runs for 6 months) or other programs (on rotation every 6 weeks with a break week between).

You don’t have to be confused about what to do next.

“Mystie helps me focus and get organized more so that I can be more the momma and woman God has called me to be!”

Jen Ziegler

You don’t have to be alone.

“I so appreciate your thoughts, insights, and encouragement. We so need spurring on from others in this path of following Christ. It is not an easy road.”

Erin Zook

You don’t have to fit someone else’s plan.

“Simply Convivial Circle has made a big difference for me in figuring out how to implement routines that work for ME and my house and my energy level. Much appreciated!”

Amberley Almarode

You don’t need to stay stuck.

“When I started I thought my biggest struggle was a lack of routines in keeping up on keeping my house clean. I’ve grown in having a better attitude by learning cleaning the house is preparing it for the next day. This idea has been so revolutionary. I’ve been stuck thinking that I can’t get it clean, so why bother because it’s just going to get messed up again. I still have a battle ahead of me of changing my behavior to match this new mindset, but with this community I have the support I need to stick with it.”

Liz Brzezinski

Next up:

A BRAND NEW COURSE: Restful Routines
Starting August 28

Restful Routines will help you manage your use of time more wisely and faithfully with an intentional balance of work and true rest.

Restful Routines has 6 modules and will take 6 weeks to work through the material and create the time management habits you will continue to apply daily.

Have questions? We’ve got you covered.

You will immediately have access to your dashboard, where you can explore all the courses. You’ll also receive a welcome email with instructions on how to receive all your Circle perks: chat community, member-only podcast, daily texts, mentor sessions, and more. You can also find all information easily on your membership dashboard.

Additionally, for the first two weeks of your membership, you’ll be guided through the Homemaking 101 course so you can get up to speed and gain traction right away with our top 3 practices.

Absolutely! The only basis for lasting, joy-filled change is to exchange selfishness and ambition for the glory of God and faithful obedience. Simplified Organization shows how Christian living, homemaking, and productivity is all part of a one-piece life.

Most of the women in the course are moms – whether their first child is still a baby or whether the child at home is actually a grandchild. Some don’t have any children at all.

It is for women pouring their lives out for other people. That includes moms, but is not exclusively mothers. You might care for aging parents, you might be a missionary, you might work in a people-serving field.

Everything inside the Simply Convivial Circle will help you serve others better while minimizing the drained feeling that often comes from a long day spent with needy people – whoever those people might be.

Your problem with consistency might be a problem with the plans you’ve tried in the past rather than with you. If you tried working someone else’s plan, all you learned is that you think and live differently.

The principles and practices that we teach transcend personalities and situations; they can be fitted to you – you don’t have to change to fit them.

Also, if working through the material is too much of a burden or you can’t make use of it, you can request a full refund within 30 days. All requests for refunds within 30 days will be honored, no questions asked.

I started writing much of the course material when I knew I had to climb out of baby blues and reclaim my home life and my happiness in my duties. More than setting up home management details, the approach I will teach you is about seeing your life for what it is: a life of service that glorifies God.

That means faithfully fulfilling our duties, but it also means we must stop listening to our own internal discouragements and accusations. We will help you do both.

Everything you need and get inside Simply Convivial Circle is digital, available via desktop, Android, or iOS.

However, there are chances within the community at various times to get graduation gifts and participation prizes – in the mail, from Mystie.

Yes! All replays are available in the Workshop Replays area on your dashboard as well as in the member-only podcast.

It might be more difficult to make a workshop or mentoring session or member meet-up live, but we have many women joining from around the world.

The replays are always available quickly and the chat community is always open. Like any communication between moms, there might be delays between replies, but that’s as likely to be because of dirty diapers and dishes than time zone differences.

Enroll today and get started taming the chaos and transforming your attitude.

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