Cheerful Chore Challenge, week 3: Afternoon EHAP Routine – Simply Convivial

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The summer is the perfect time to address non-academic problem areas. For us this summer, that means solidifying our chore routines so that when we start up school again, we can keep the house humming and in better shape. Making these chore times habitual patterns in our day cuts down on the emotional, psychological, and relational wear-and-tear that boom-and-bust cycles, disarray, and conflict over what’s required create. If you’re like me, you’ve probably been surprised at how worn down you … Read More

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real, Exhausting: Working the Plan

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Sometimes I feel silly working on yet another plan, another schedule, even if it’s not one where I’m scheduling every half hour of everyone’s day. But, I keep coming back to it. I mentioned my feeling silly about it to my husband, who shrugged, “I thought it was your hobby.” Well, yes, actually, it is. And, generally, I think it’s been a hobby that has benefited myself and my family. But whether or not it benefits myself and my family … Read More

January Habit: Making My Bed

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I’ve written before about making my bed and why it is a goal worth pursuing, two and a half years ago, actually, and while I make my bed occasionally (which is a great improvement upon never, by principle), it is hardly a habit. This is the 7th of the month and I’ve had one week, 7 days, solid, in a row, of making my bed. Improvement. But why start with this habit, particularly under the “organization” category? First, I do … Read More

How Housework is Similar to Music & Sports – Simply Convivial

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Awhile back I was listening to NPR in the car, and they were speaking to a musician and athlete. I can’t find the segment and I don’t remember exactly what she said, but she was talking about the willingness to accept the drudgery of deliberate, painful, boring practice being an essential element to sucess in both music and sports. To be good at something, you have to work at it even when it is not fun or interesting or exciting. … Read More

Establishing Household Habits Series Index

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    Why? (November 2009) I suspect it would have been just as difficult for Elly to not make her bed as it was for me to make my bed. In both cases, it would seem to us that something was not right. In my case, because a jumble of blankets was normal, and a made bed was unfamiliarly neat-looking. Habits, Routines, & Schedules (November 2009) Establishing a routine bestows more emotional energy. Established by Repetition (November 2009) Everyday on … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Why?

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Reposted from November 2009       An Anecdote I remember sharing a dorm room with Elly in college and simply being astounded that every day, first thing, she made her bed. It was no mean feat, either, as she was on the top bunk. Always. It was and is simply pulling teeth for me to make my bed. But I suspect it would have been just as difficult for Elly to not make her bed as it was for … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Habits, Routines, & Schedules

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Reposted from November 2009     Habits are the Key Habits make life easy — or more difficult. Habit is ten natures! If that be true, strong as nature is, habit is not only as strong, but tenfold as strong. Here, then, have we a stronger than he, able to overcome this strong man armed. […] We have lost sight of the fact that habit is to life what rails are to transport cars. It follows that lines of habit … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Established by Repetition

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Reposted from Novemeber 2009   Let these things become as a natural law to the household.   Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Duty & Self-Discipline

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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 … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: The Nitty-Gritty

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Reposted from Novemeber 2009       So here we are, starting Week Two. As always, the first couple days were great, then I slacked off at the end of the week. So, here we are again, and I’m talking myself into this all once more. However, the routines I began to work on did work on the days I worked at them, so I know I have something workable here. My biggest changes: One load of laundry every day … Read More

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