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Tricks Of The Trade

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I’m a stay at home mom.  I have a very part-time job, but I consider my family and homemaking my career.

Unfortunately, some days I’m pretty sure if I were being evaluated on my job performance, I’d be getting a pink slip and asked to pack up my things.  I’m not known for being a fabulous housekeeper.  We aren’t living in filth or anything, but I’m pretty messy.  I chalk most of it up to laziness — good old fashioned laziness.

Here are a few things I have learned about keeping a good-enough house without spending all day on housework:

  1. Be A Hostess! There’s no greater motivator than potential embarrassment, and I figured out not long ago that by inviting others to our home, I’m forced to keep up with the household chores.  Otherwise, I spend the entire day doing major cleaning when anyone is coming to our house and I can’t enjoy myself when they arrive because I’m so tired.  Intentionally planning things at our house has been a great help.
  2. Baskets Are Great! I’m sure there are home decor or home organization gurus that would disagree with this, but I can’t get enough baskets and bins to put stuff into.  I love them.  I live by them.  When in doubt, I’ve always got a place to stash those things you always end up with that make you say “What in the world am I going to do with this??”
  3. Give It Away! Almost every time I put away clean laundry, I pull out clothes that the boys or myself are not wearing and put it into a basket to go to Goodwill (or your donation center of choice).  We get so much stuff that we never end up using or wearing and there is absolutely no reason to keep most of it.  The trick then is to not fill up those drawers with more stuff you won’t wear.

How about you?  What are your tricks of the homemaking trade?  Even if it isn’t your full-time gig, much of the housekeeping responsibility falls to the ladies, so what helps keep you sane?

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. I’ve read a lot of bloggers raving about flylady, who has a whole system on how to stay on top of things with house work stuff.

    My major issue is laundry, so I’ve been trying to work on that area. It’s really a pain because the washer and dryer are in the basement, and it’s the only reason I ever need to go downstairs.

    I started last week by taking a load of laundry down every morning and making sure all laundry was done and put away by the end of they day. I did really well for a few days, and then I took some time off because I got caught up. Now I’m behind again! AHHH….

  2. I’ve been having the same problem! I agree with Jamie…laundry is my nemesis! I hate when I get behind on laundry because by the time I get around to it I can wash/dry/fold everything but then I run out of steam before I can get everything put away!

    Lately I’ve actually started making a “to do list” of things I want to accomplish each day/week. I’ve even had to go so far as to schedule showers for myself and play time with my 4 year old! So hopefully the lists will help me keep my brain on track!

    I do like Krista’s idea of “being a hostess”. I know that I am the same way about cleaning up when I have people over. My problem is that there are a select few (mainly the people who come over most often) that I allow to see my mess because I know that there house is just as bad, or that they really don’t care/notice.