Keep It Simple Sister (K.I.S.S) – Bathroom Mirror Message Center

Today’s homemaking tip is one that I learned several years ago when I began homeschooling.

For some assignments we used the sliding glass door in my dining room to illustrate lessons or practice spelling and math.

I’ve carried the technique over into homemaking too.  As I go around and clean the house in the morning, I keep a dry erase marker in my pocket to jot down notes I have for the kids usually related to their chores.

Notes can easily be written on a bedroom or bathroom mirror and easily wiped clean. This takes the hassle out of having to remember where I put my to-do for the kids and it’s also neat way to remind them of their chores for the day.

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She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. — Proverbs 31:27

Top 10 Ways to Prevent Homemaker Burnout

I found myself burned out a few weeks ago and my first reaction was to drop everything on my schedule and start again at the beginning.

I thought it would make sense to put together a burnout checklist for my homemaking binder which I use as a guide to prevent burnout.

Top 10 Ways to Prevent Homemaker Burnout

1 – Ask my husband about any new responsibilities I’m considering before adding them to my schedule.

2 – Limit the number of tasks on my to – do list.

3 – Create clearly defined quiet times into my day for reading or personal restoration.

4 – Pray over my daily/weekly/monthly schedule. Ask God for direction and discernment in deciding whet should or should not be on it.

5 – Set strict work hours and stick to them whether it is housework or business related. Set a quitting time and stick to it.

6 – Set aside at least one day each week for rest.

7 – Clearly define what rest is for you.

8 –  Try to find  joy in my tasks, but if I can’t I need to delegate them or eliminate them.

9 – Make my health a priority. I’m no good to anyone if I’m sick or dead. Plan time for healthy meals, plenty of water, sleep and exercise.

10 – Don’t feel guilty if you’re not always Do-ing something. We keep ourselves busy to make it look like we have IT together as homemakers.

Being alone and resting is Christlike and is essential to preventing burnout. There is nothing enviable about having a nervous breakdown.

Organized Homemaking: Kitchen Cabinet Organizing with Containers

Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

I’m so excited about how well these Dollar Tree storage containers have been with my kitchen cabinet organizing project.

I’ve been organizing a little bit of everything and feeling a lot more in control of my space. It’s no longer a chore trying to find stuff in my deep freezer now that I’ve cleaned it and then organized it with dollar store containers.

My next goal was a have a clutter free kitchen which I achieved in 5 steps. Part of the process was finding a way to store snacks without having things sitting out everywhere.

When I saw these stackable containers at the dollar store I got a brilliant idea for my kitchen cabinet organizing project but I wasn’t sure it would work.

Once I got home I tried stacking the containers in my kitchen cabinet but the cabinet height only allowed two to be stacked. I knew my cabinet shelf height could be adjusted, so I got to work detaching the clamps and readjusting the height to accommodate three stackable containers.

Here are pictures of some stack-able storage containers which work perfectly for keeping snacks, breakfast and other small foods organized.

I wanted to add a third column of containers, but my cabinets were not wide enough. 🙁

My goal of kitchen cabinet organizing is a work in progress but I am very happy with the results of my dollar store purchase.

The next project on my kitchen cabinet re-do will be finding some stackable containers to fit the area on the far right of the cabinet where the Coffee-mate is and replacing the cabinet noise dampers by re-purposing wine bottle corks.


Organizing My Linen Closet

In my last post, I shared some of the benefits that come from keeping things organized. Today I’d like to take you on a short tour of my linen closet. This closet holds all of our surplus household items, hygiene items, shoes and linen.
On the top shelf in the far right corner you’ll find a bag filled with bed linen and another filled with curtains. On the immediately left (see the picture below) you’ll find all of our surplus and unopened hygiene items.
On the shelf beneath the hygiene shelf you’ll find the hygiene items that are open and in use. I am also using this shelf to store surplus household items such as laundry detergent ingredients, air freshener and dish soap.
The next shelf is for hair care and bathroom tissue. I use a medium sized rectangular basket to keep these items neat and organized. I use a plastic peanut butter jar to hold combs. Another rectangular compartment is inside of the basket to keep bulky items such as brushes and the flat iron organized. Shampoo and conditioner are in the rear of the basket while beads are stored in ziploc bags nestled inside the basket.

The next shelf is the shelf for linen and towels. Only my husband and I keep our towels in this closet. We have two each and 7 wash clothes each. There is always one towel in the bathroom and one in the closet. Towels are washed every other day along with dish clothes, dish towels and any unplanned bed linen washes. To the right of the towels are baby blankets for the children to use while watching television on the couch.

The final shelf is for my shoes, sneakers and sandals. This area holds 12 size 7 1/2 shoe boxes.

On the floor beneath the shelves are where my husband stores all of his non-work shoes and sneakers. With a a size 13 foot he can only store about 6 boxes or as you can see three pairs of shoes and one sneaker box.
It was so much fun organizing this closet to make the best possible use of space. Be sure to come back tomorrow. I’ll share with you how I organize my kitchen cabinets.

How to Make Dried Herbs

If you have an abundance of herbs in your garden and you don’t want them to go to waste, here’s how you can create dried herbs using your oven.

Place leaves or seeds on a cookie sheet or shallow pan not more than 1 inch deep in an open oven at low heat less than 180oF for about 2 to 4 hours.

After they are dried, remove them from the oven and let cool. Once they are cool you can crumple them by rubing them between your fingers.

 Store them in an airtight container.