3 TRICKS to take the WORK out of housework

A few months ago, Alison called me and was so excited about some things she learned in a class about organizing and creating peace in your home.  I rushed over to hear all the details and was intrigued so I called the teacher and asked her to share her information with all of you!  She agreed.

Let me introduce Julie Meyer.

3 TRICKS to take the WORK out of housework

She has done a lot of research on the subject of keeping a clean and organized home (has even opened her own business centered around cleaning) and she is sharing three ways to keep your attitude in check:

“My lifelong quest to create my ideal home has uncovered a mountain of ideas from the experts in home management.  I love sharing these tips, tricks, strategies and ideas with other homemakers.  So for those of you who don’t love to spend hours in the library (I have heard you exist) I’ll boil down some of the best bits for you.

The most important trick to taking the “work” out of housework is ATTITUDE.  If you can shift your paradigm about why we keep house, by altering your attitude, you have unlocked the key to happy homemaking.  Now go back and read that last sentence again.  If you can really do this, it will be very powerful

First, you must create a sense of pride and ownership for the place you currently live.  Many of us aren’t living in our “Barbie Dream House” but we can make our house, apartment, or wherever we are currently living, our ideal home.  I often hear ladies say, “When we get into a bigger house, I’ll be able to keep it clean,” or “Once we move into our permanent house, then I’ll paint,” or a number of other excuses as to why we aren’t happy with our current residence.  Ladies, we simply can’t wait to start enjoying our homes.

To help you develop a sense of pride in your home, I’ll suggest a few exercises to get you on the right mental track.  The first one is fun and easy.  It was inspired by traveling the English countryside with my three girlfriends.  We noticed that all the homes were named, from the smallest cottages, to the lavish estates.  We visited Groombridge Place, Burghley House, Chatsworth, and Chawton Cottage.  In the movie Pride and Prejudice these places were, Longbourne, Rosings Park, and Pemberly etc.  We decided that when we returned home, we would all name our homes.  I live in more of a Cottage than a Manor, which I have embraced, and lovingly named Lillywood Cottage.

3 TRICKS to take the WORK out of housework

Give your house a name and an identity.  It will help you to value it and take pride in it.

Along with naming your home I challenge families to create a Vision Statement for your home.  What does your ideal home look like?  How do you want to feel when you enter your home?  How do you want others to feel when they come to your home?  Thinking about these types of questions will help you to define what your ideal home really is.  Our vision statement is: Lillywood Cottage is a lovely, pleasant home where friends and family gather to relax, refresh, and enjoy each other’s company.  Keeping your vision in mind while you work will help you to enjoy what you are accomplishing.

My final suggestion for unlocking that key to happy homemaking is gratitude.  With each task you perform feel gratitude: for the people whose clothes you are folding, for the plentiful food you are rinsing off the dishes, for the magic of flushing toilets, for the brilliant scientists who invented the microwave.  You see where I’m headed with this.  One day I put some inspiring music on the ipod and cleaned my house with gratitude, for my healthy, strong body performing the work in air that was the perfect temperature, with chemicals that really did most of the work.  We are blessed women who can be faithful stewards over that which we have been entrusted with.

To quote one of my favorite organizers, Peter Walsh, “Your home is the outward expression of what you value, what you enjoy, and what is important to you.” Yikes! What message is my home sending to my friends and neighbors?  Hopefully, I am steadily transforming my house into my ideal home.  By changing our thinking, focusing on why we take care of our home and family, and being grateful for our blessings, we can do all the chores and checklists with a glad heart.”

Thanks Julie!  I also loved her tips on organizing a housekeeping binder,

3 TRICKS to take the WORK out of housework

keeping kids on track with chores,

3 TRICKS to take the WORK out of housework

and effective ways to discipline your kids

3 TRICKS to take the WORK out of housework

Maybe we can get her to share these next time!?

3 TRICKS to take the WORK out of housework

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COMMENTS
  1. October 14th, 2010 at 2:05 am
    libby says:
    loved this post! great thoughts to help reshape the way we think. Thank yoU! and i just loved that quote.
  2. October 14th, 2010 at 3:41 am
    nc says:
    this is a brilliant idea. :)
    love the idea of naming ur home. now im thinking one. hehe :)
    .-= nc´s last blog ..The GiveAway is ON and Youre IN =-.
  3. October 14th, 2010 at 3:55 am
    Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
    Attitude changes everything, and I love Julie's perspective! Now I will think about what to name our house...
    .-= Lynn from For Love or Funny´s last blog ..Don’t howl unless you mean it =-.
  4. October 14th, 2010 at 4:44 am
    melissa says:
    i love this post. mmmmm.....now what can i name my sweet little home???
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..things i love thursday =-.
  5. October 14th, 2010 at 5:09 am
    Tris says:
    We are suburban apartment dwellers and have named our home too! The first one was in the middle of 3 buildings, had a funny little dip in the grass of the front yard and tons of toads who visited frequently. Consequently, we named it "Middle Toad Hollow". When we got the chance to move to a corner unit, it was around the time we had to file for bankruptcy and the hubs had been out of work for almost a year. Because moving was the start of a newer and better life, we named our current apartment "Clean Slate Corner"...and yes, I made a sign for both places!
  6. October 14th, 2010 at 6:54 am
    Rondell says:
    A great post! Love all the tips...now I have to go clean my bathroom with graditude!
  7. October 14th, 2010 at 7:24 am
    Amber says:
    What perfect timing I have guests coming over this weekend, and th house needs cleaned
    .-= Amber´s last blog ..Green Challenge- ReUse Week 2 =-.
  8. October 14th, 2010 at 8:31 am
    Heidi says:
    Wonderful post but now I want to hear more! I need to hear more about the binder, keeping kids on track and discipline!!
  9. October 14th, 2010 at 9:50 am
    Brittney says:
    Awesome information!! I would love to hear about all the other things she has implemented in her home. I dream of being that organized!!
    .-= Brittney´s last blog ..Thrift Store Apothecary Jars =-.
  10. October 14th, 2010 at 11:21 am
    Krymsen says:
    Thanks for this.
    I have been thinking about giving our farm a name. I had never thought to name the house. I am totally going to do that now!
    I want to hear more about the binder and other ideas too!
  11. October 14th, 2010 at 11:37 am
    Amy says:
    WOW! Great tips! That quote from Peter Walsh really has got me thinking!! Thanks for the tips!
  12. October 14th, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Jesslyn says:
    Ditto the power of "shifting your paradigm." I used to get so irked when I had to clean house, because within a few minutes my 3 little girls would have destroyed it again. But it hit me one day that I could NOT have my girls and husband. I could be back in the spotless apartment from my single days. Spotless... and lonely. I am so grateful for the life I have, my lovely home, and my adorable "mess makers." After that day, cleaning has no longer been a heavy chore. It may not be my favorite thing every day, but it's certainly not a burden!
    .-= Jesslyn´s last blog ..Trend Translation - Full Skirts =-.
  13. October 14th, 2010 at 11:54 am
    Monica says:
    WOW!!! I'm dreaming up my sign as we speak! lol. great post!
    .-= Monica´s last blog ..Creepy Candy Apples!! =-.
  14. October 14th, 2010 at 12:00 pm
    KBaker says:
    i struggle with this daily, as our "fixer upper" isn't getiing "fixer uppered" as quickly as i'd hoped. in fact, we're outgrowing it -- and i may never see my ideas in place. ** ugh! ** thank you for this fresh perspective. can't wait to see the next post(s)!

    p.s. does Julie have a Facebook fan page??? :-)
  15. October 14th, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    April says:
    o my... I love these ideas... BUT now I need more. What a cliff hanger?! Please o please how soon will she return with more info?
    My kids are going to get out of control while we wait?! :)
  16. October 14th, 2010 at 12:44 pm
    Amelia Harris says:
    LOVED LOVED LOVED this post! But would really like to hear some more about the housekeeping binder, keeping kids on track with chores, and effective ways to discipline your kids! You should definitely have her back REAL SOON :)
    .-= Amelia Harris´s last blog ..Sihouette Give Aways! =-.
  17. October 14th, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    Linda L says:
    This is a wonderful post and I love the ideas! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Linda L´s last blog ..Hypothyroidism - a Blessing! =-.
  18. October 14th, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    Kim Cawley says:
    I love this post and really needed this today. How uplifting and helpful!
  19. October 14th, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    Michelle McCoy says:
    I love these Ideas..I think I will get the whole family involved in naming our house and make a sign for it this weekend!
  20. October 14th, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    Mindy says:
    Nothing makes me more happy than having a clean and organized home. Great tips! Now I need to think of a name for my home. Such a cute idea. :)
  21. October 14th, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    Alexandra says:
    Does she have a book or a website where we can read more of her great ideas?
  22. October 14th, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    rachel says:
    i REALLY want to hear about those infraction cards! the naming the house thing had me chuckling... i don't think she'd approve of any of the ones that immediately popped into my head... "crappy rental" probably isn't what she's going for, is it?
  23. October 14th, 2010 at 5:08 pm
    Dee says:
    I really need to change my attitude about my house work. I love my house and I also love what you have created with the chore chart. Can you tell my how to make the chore chart so that I can make one for my kids. Thanks,

    Love your blog!
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..Subway-Art Halloween Crafts =-.
  24. October 14th, 2010 at 9:52 pm
    julie says:
    julie, you know I'm a follower. I'm still tweeking my binder but loving it! It was great to review the information again and be reminded of things. Tomorrow I think I might suit up, tie on my apron and get something clean!
    thanks for sharing.
    • October 15th, 2010 at 5:06 pm
      April says:
      what? you are a follower where? and you are tweaking your binder you learned from her? thanks for ANY information!
      .-= April´s last blog ..YAY! =-.
  25. October 14th, 2010 at 11:48 pm
    Jesilee says:
    I LOVE the idea of naming the home, now if only I could convince the two guys I live with of that. A very well written article.

    Now I am TRYING to wait patiently for that housekeeping binder that I KNOW you will post soon, right???
  26. October 15th, 2010 at 7:07 am
    Katrina says:
    What great suggestions! I love the idea of gratitude while doing the work. I've never cried before while folding laundry, but this just might send me over the edge!

    What a clever lady! ;)
    .-= Katrina´s last blog ..Little Ones New Room =-.
  27. October 15th, 2010 at 10:03 am
    Molly says:
    Wow, I just found your blog and I LOVE it. I am currently trying to get on board with cleaning and organizing after realizing that the state of my home is causing me a lot of unnecessary stress.

    Right now, I have a plan to make-over different parts of our lives that aren't working. We're doing a dinner make-over first because food is a major problem in our house, both cost-wise and health-wise.

    I think it is a wonderful idea to name your home. As a creative writer I can totally get on board with this. In fact, when we were trying to sell our home I wrote a letter to potential buyers and had it setting on the table. It read, "Welcome to the house with the red door." Close enough, right?
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..Your Three Words =-.
  28. October 16th, 2010 at 8:26 am
    stacy says:
    Gratitude is the best quality! Thanks for the reminder!
  29. October 16th, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    Mary says:
    I agree with everyone else on here! I want to hear more from her. The binder looks great! :)
  30. October 18th, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    Kim says:
    Great ideas! Thank you! I would LOVE to hear anymore she has to offer, too.
  31. October 20th, 2010 at 10:35 am
    Lindsey Holder says:
    Great tips! This is great for my OCD:) Hopefully she'll come back for another guest post with other great tips!!
    .-= Lindsey Holder´s last blog ..Hallelujah! 30 Day No Shopping Challenge Results =-.
  32. October 20th, 2010 at 10:40 am
    Natalie says:
    love it, and that would be awesome to get her to tell us how to keep our homes organized, I am obsessed with organization and would love some help and ideas on that!
  33. October 20th, 2010 at 11:13 am
    Cindy says:
    Like the many others, I loved this post too! I feel inspired to love my home wherever it may be and make it mine! I would also love to hear more of her great ideas!
  34. October 20th, 2010 at 11:16 am
    Sarah Thacker says:
    PLEASE give us more! I have five kids and I'm at a complete loss on how to get them to participate better in keeping the house clean. We all seem like a bunch of absent-minded professors.
    .-= Sarah Thacker´s last blog ..Karyn Purvis- The Connected Child Chapters 1 &amp 2 =-.
  35. October 20th, 2010 at 11:52 am
    Magen says:
    Thank you for helping me put things into perspective. I am always complaining about not being able to keep up on it all. After my grandfather dying today and reading this it really helps me to appreciate what I have and who I am doing it all for. I would love to see more though, the chore charts, tips on organizing and also discipline ideas!!
  36. October 20th, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    lisa w says:
    Love this post...I want to name my little casa now too. Reminds me of the cool Blessings Board I saw that someone created....goes right in line with remembering to be thankful for all the small things too. Thanks for sharing!
  37. October 20th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    Dana says:
    Oh, please, please, please have her come back with those other ideas! ;)
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..Thank You Cards =-.
  38. October 20th, 2010 at 12:44 pm
    Melissa says:
    That is a great bunch of ideas! I would really love to hear about the trafficing cards for the kids!
  39. October 20th, 2010 at 2:22 pm
    Nesleirbag says:
    This post speaks of the "Secret to Happiness," not only in organization and home upkeep, but in everything. ATTITUDE!
  40. October 20th, 2010 at 9:48 pm
    Christy says:
    Inspiring! Thank you!
  41. October 21st, 2010 at 7:30 am
    rachel says:
    I want to hear so much more!!
  42. October 21st, 2010 at 9:36 am
    Chelsea Strong says:
    I also love the idea of naming your home. Our last name is Strong and I want to name our home "Stronghold." Definitely don't have a castle, but it's all good.
  43. October 21st, 2010 at 10:29 am
    Tamara says:
    I would love, love, love to hear more from her!!! I agree with many others that more explanation about keeping kids on track with chores and effective ways to discipline your kids needs to be expounded on very soon!

    Always looking for new creative ideas!! Now I am off to come up with a name for my home!
  44. October 21st, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    Katrina says:
    Great article, very inspiring, would love to learn more from her...thinking of a name for my home...
  45. October 30th, 2010 at 7:08 pm
    trudie says:
    I just found your blog as well--love it! Put me on the list of people who want to hear more about Julie's other tips!
    • January 12th, 2011 at 1:48 pm
      Ginny says:
      How are people finding her blog, there are a ton of Julie Meyers out there, lol
  46. November 6th, 2010 at 10:00 pm
    Heather says:
    I love the idea of naming your home. I will have to come up with one that inspires me. In the kitchen area, right over top my table is a plaque that say "sit long... talk much". That is exactly the atmosphere that I want my home to be about and my friends and family know it. Coffee is always on, and am always grateful for the company of friends and family. ;) Great Tips!
  47. November 18th, 2010 at 11:31 am
    Amelia Harris says:
    Loved the part about naming your home so much I made my own sign using my computer and some frames from the $1 store! lol Linked you on my blog :)
  48. January 13th, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    Harmony Young says:
    Does she have a blog or website with her ideas? I think she has great ones and would love to see more!
  49. February 20th, 2011 at 4:23 pm
    mia says:
    Does anyone know where I can find info on how to make the chore charts?
    • February 22nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm
      Missy says:
      Check back Thursday - she will be explaining those!
  50. September 4th, 2012 at 1:25 am
    alissa says:
    I've been struggling with my attitude toward housework - mostly because I resent the fact that it seems I'm the only one doing it :) However, these suggestions are very encouraging. I really like the idea of naming the home, because its gives a sense of ownership and pride that I think I've been missing. Plus, I too love Peter Walsh and that quote is an excellent reminder! Thank you for the renewed motivation and fresh perspective!
  51. July 30th, 2014 at 1:44 am
    Jani McNeill says:
    Funny I was just thinking how cute that would be to name your home, but now that I really ponder a name, I've realized it already is complete with a door side sign. Nana and Papas Nest, where the flock gathers.
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