Not long ago, with the blessing of my husband, I started attending a series of Home Ec classes for married women. I thought everyone there would be young brides or mothers of 1-2 children at most, like me, but there are also more experienced mothers, including a lady with 9 children, 3 of them married, and 6 grandchildren. I suppose that when it comes to homemaking, you just never stop learning!
I thought I’d share a few practical homemaking tips we talked about during our last meeting.
* Have nothing in your house you have no place or use for.
* A place for everything and everything in its place – saves a lot of disorder! I try to adhere to this principle as well as I can.
* Availability – place the item near to where you use it, and make access easy (for example – the kitchenware you use the most should be within easy reach).
* If you use don’t use something for a while (winter clothes, Pesach utensils, clothes the children have outgrown), put it away in a labeled box, and preferably keep a notebook where you write down the places of all items you have stored away.
* Food: use up the old before using new (the FIFO rule – First In, First Out)!
* If you buy new clothes, bedding, towels, etc, and after a while realize you never use the old ones anymore, give them away or use them up in a creative project – save closet space.
* File all your paperwork in a logical and easy accessible way (for me, a few large ring binders do the trick).
* Abundance does not mean endless purchases you have nowhere to store.
* A simple life doesn’t mean a poor life, but simplifying your daily routines and tasks. In many cases this means less things, less gadgets, less fads (and I’d like to add: less activities you can’t spare the time for, less relationships which you feel are draining you at the expense of your family).
Hope to share more tips from class next time!