They saw that it takes 21 days to form a habit, good or bad, by doing the same thing every day. I tend to agree with this thought, especially when it comes to household management. I love being at home. I love puttering and making messy areas clean and tidy. I love to cook by myself with no distractions but I also would love to have supper appear on the table if we are chapters in to a good read-aloud.
I don’t have a Mrs. Patmore in my kitchen or a Mrs. Hughes to keep my house running smooth so I have to rely on habits and routines. And grace for when nothing is coming together.
This is how I do it.
1. Pizza Kits and Batch Cooking
I don’t do a lot of batch cooking but at least once a week, I make doubles of a meal and squirrel it away in the freezer for the next week or a hectic day. I make up pizza kits every couple of weeks after our weekly pizza night, sometimes freezing everything including the toppings, sometimes just the dough and the sauce. I always cook extra beans to throw into soups, chills and taco night. And I just started making my own stir fry mixture- chopping and freezing all the veggies for the stir fry making it basically an instant dinner.
2. Salad greens and frozen vegetables
I buy the baby greens from Costco for our smoothies and salads during the winter months. I will also buy prepped veggies if I’m running short on time and I try to always have a bag of frozen corn or peas in the freezer. I’m a big fan of eating seasonally and locally but I would rather make a pot of soup with a frozen vege mixture then grabbing take out.
3. Do the dishes once a day
I don’t have a dishwasher so I let the dishes stack up all day until after supper when I wash them all at once. I got into the habit when I had a baby and a toddler and it was easier to just wash the dishes after they were asleep at night. I like washing dishes and it’s a lovely way for me to unwind at the close of the day.
4. Do the laundry once a week
We don’t have in-house laundry so this has become more of a habit then ever before but this has been my best way to stay on top of laundry. My girls are great helpers, this has been an easy way to get them more involved with chores. I just designate one day to do all the laundry and then not think about it for another week.
5. Master menuplan for each season
This is a new habit I’ve started this year and so far I love it. I consult my plan each week, jot down some meals along with a couple new ideas and we eat well. So far my plan for Spring involves eating all the green things for all meals, once spring comes and the root vegetables are no more.
6. Minimalist toys and stuff
We don’t have a large space and it can get cluttered very quickly. I stash toys away, purge frequently and always tidy up the main living area by suppertime. I set up an art station for the girls, say no to certain activities and then let be imaginative, creative little people. I clear off surfaces once a week or so and we try not to let piles accumulate.
7. Write it down/Pick It Up
If I think of it, I write it down. If I’m walking past it, I pick it up and put it away. This is the one area that I’m still making a habit and it makes a difference in my mind and house clutter.
Tell me, what are your household hacks and secrets to making your house run smoothly?