When I was in high school, I had a friend who was seven years my senior. I met her through Young Life. I remember my mom getting a new vacuum cleaner and giving her old one to that friend, Keyne. I didn't get it at the time, but Keyne told me owning a vacuum improved her "quality of life."
About 10 years after hearing Keyne rave about that hand-me-down vacuum, I learned what she meant. When I was finally on my own, my cousin gave me his vacuum since he'd recently gotten married. I quickly realized a good vacuum can make all the difference in the world when it comes to keeping a clean house and improve our quality of life. I recently rediscovered that with the purchase of a new vacuum you may have spied if you follow me on Instagram.
Having lived on my own, with roommates and now being married, I have had opportunities to hone my skills around the house. I never really thought of this as homemaking, but know the importance of having a home that's well cared for.
Recently, my friend, Hannah who blogs at Simply Add Coffee, wrote her first eBook called Efficient Homemaking. It's filled with practical advice and tips related to keeping up with cleaning, cooking, and other house hold chores.
As we anticipate the arrival of our first child in about a month, I'm reminded how important having a clean and organized house will be, both to my sanity and for the health and well-being of my family.
Reading Hannah's eBook inspired me to take action in a few ways. In the past month, I've been trying to establish some new habits around the house.
- Develop a cleaning routine: I try to load the dishwasher daily and not go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink
- Break up tasks and chores: Instead of feeling like I have to spend my Saturdays cleaning, I tackle one bathroom on Friday after work and do loads of laundry on nights I'm home during the week
- Deal with paper (mail, bills, etc.): I hate paper! It's so easy to let mail pile up, but I make an effort to open everything and either recycle, shred or file it.
I'm certainly not perfect about my new habits, but I'm working at it. Having the desire to create an efficient home is only a piece of the pie and having the tools to take on chores is another piece. I think putting my plans into action and having some accountability (from my husband and friends) completes the pie.
Interested in getting your own copy of this new eBook? Hannah has generously offered to give one copy of Efficient Homemaking to one of my blog readers. Enter to win your own copy using Rafflecopter below.
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I was given an advanced copy of Efficient Homemaking; all opinions are my own and affiliate links have been used in this post.