Keep the Plan Challenge: week 3

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So, here’s how it will work, if you want to be social and accountable during the challenge. You have two options: Post at least once a day to Twitter about whether or not you kept your routine, using the hashtag #keeptheplan Come back here to this post and tell us in the comments throughout the week how things are going. Can we add another set to our morning and our evening routines? My original plan had been to add an … Read More

Keep the Plan Challenge, week 2

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So, here’s how it will work, if you want to be social and accountable during the challenge. You have two options: Post at least once a day to Twitter about whether or not you kept your routine, using the hashtag #keeptheplan Come back here to this post and tell us in the comments throughout the week how things are going. Keep the Plan Challenge, week 2: Evening Routine Evening routines are not about that day, but about the coming day. … Read More

Keep the Plan Challenge!

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Are you ready for a challenge? I know I am, and now you know why. Order has been hanging on by a thread for the last month and a half as I’ve found myself in the throws of first trimester extreme fatigue. I am now at 11 weeks and the fatigue is beginning to lessen, and it’s about time to take things in hand again before chaos sets in. So, here’s how it will work, if you want to be … Read More

Securing a Reasonably Clean House: An Introduction – Simply Convivial

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Have you yet discovered Auntie Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter? She has a great series called The Reasonably Clean House. I have a weakness for reading articles and blog series that claim it is possible to have at least a semblance of order and cleanliness while homeschooling a brood. Keeping things clean does not come naturally to me, but I cannot shake the idea (try as I might) that it is an area I am to grow in, and … 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

Establishing Household Habits: Duty & Self-Discipline – Simply Convivial

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Reposted from Novemeber 2009   “A Christian finds fulfillment not in the particular kind of work he does, but in the way in which he does it. Work done for Christ all the time must be “full-time Christian work.” […] Every one of us has a line of duty marked out for us by God. […] But the nature of the work changes when we see that it is God who marks out this line of duty for us. It … Read More

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