Today I am looking forward to introducing you to someone who decided to take 2014 by storm with a Bold year of goals and encouragement similar to The 144 Plan. If you like to be challenged within the home, in Bible Study, and fitness her Bold year is definitely worth checking out. Today the topic is everything homemaking so read on. My favorite is her kid’s management positions. Have ever considered making your kids managers of your home? What a great idea!
MacKenzie Monroe is a suburban gal living a country life and likes to think of herself as being a crunchy mama in disguise! As a mama to 3 (so far), writer, homeschooler, homemaker, and doula, she always has a project and thrives on filling her days with her passions. She blogs about her natural-minded, counter-cultural life, and tries to encourage mamas to live both graciously and boldly, at Bold Turquoise.
1. Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your home, etc.
I am a wife and mama to 3 crazy but awesome kids- an 8 year old son, a 4 year old son and a toddler daughter. We have independently homeschooled since the start and, though it is often challenging, I wouldn’t have it any other way. In addition to being a wife, mom, homeschooler and home keeper I am a blogger and doula (when I get the chance which isn’t all that often these days).
2. What is your favorite homemaking activity? (i.e. cooking, cleaning, organizing, etc.)
I think that my favorite homemaking activity is the creative part of making a home- the little touches to really make the atmosphere come alive and feel like ours. The perfectly selected table cloth, the vase of wild flowers, the constantly changing chalkboard wall- these all make our home lovely to live in. But, while I enjoy that part of homemaking it isn’t one of the “have-tos” for us to survive. So, I suppose if I had to pick one of those as my favorite I would probably chose cooking, which I honestly have a love/hate relationship with. I love it when I am well-organized and have everything planned so that I have my ingredients and it isn’t last minute. If I am flying by the seat of my pants, though, it totally stresses me out!
3. Approximately how many hours a week do you devote to keeping your house clean?
Ummmm… can I plead the 5th? Honestly, it has been less than it should be ever since we moved, I think it is because I had a baby RIGHT after we moved in, so it has been more like managing the chaos then really cleaning. All in all, if I really added it up with all the regular up-keep and laundry, it probably figures out to 8-10 hours a week.
4. What tools have you found most beneficial in getting your children involved in the homemaking process?
Honestly, moving to the country and having things that are musts for our family to survive that they just have to help out with has helped increase my kid’s responsibility level a ton. Also, giving them ownership over tasks has been a huge incentive for them. When I say, “Ok, the living room is all yours this week! If I walk in here and find it in shambles I know who to come to. You are the manager so make sure it is being taken care of!” They like when I really put the job into their hands. They want to show that they can do a good job.
5. How do you balance homemaking, homeschooling, and/or other responsibilities?
I am still working on that! As a homeschooler it is such a different dynamic than what most of the world is doing- my kids are here, living in this space, ALL THE TIME, so our expectations naturally have to be different. In order for me to keep some kind of handle on it all I really have to be sure that I am up before the kids, as much as I dread that. I know that I need to gain my sanity before they are up, have my quiet time and hopefully get my blogging done. I really try to not be distracted too much while they are with me. While they are outside playing though or having quiet time then I know I have more leeway to finish up that blogging project or work on the house. It’s also essential that I delegate what I can.
6. What are your top 5 favorite tools for cleaning, cooking, and/or organizing your home?
This is a hard question! I adore my Thieves concentrated cleaner from Young Living and a Pummy stone to combat the constant rust issues we face from our well water. My Ninja Blender and/or my Food Processor get constant use in my house, as well as my crockpot. And lastly I’d probably have to call generic binders one of my all-time favorite tools! Almost all paperwork get’s filed in binders!
7. What is one post you share on your blog related to the topic of homemaking that you’d love for others to check out?
I think I would actually have to highlight a page on my blog all about The Bold Year Challenge because the heart of the Challenge is becoming a better mom and homemaker over the course of a year, all while keeping our eyes focused on Jesus. It has monthly themes, a book club, visual Bible Study, fitness challenge and much more. The Bold Year Challenge has been such a blessing to me this year and I have been so encouraged by the community of women it is continuing to form!
8. What is the best homemaking advice you have received and/or could give?
Clean as you go! When you let things pile up is when you run into problems and burnout. Load dishes in the dishwasher as you cook, clean and put away a couple loads of laundry daily, take care of the mail right when it comes in the door- that kind of stuff. At some point the piles happen to all of us, those exceptions to the rule are just part of life, but for the most part if you just take care of things right away it makes for a much easier time in the long run! Establish routines of getting things taken care of and create stopping points in your day to keep up on it all. You’ll thank yourself!
Have any homemaking questions for MacKenzie?
Take it to the next level with these resources:
- Organize Now!: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life by Jennifer Ford Berry
- My CC Home Keeping and Cleaning Tips and Tricks Pinterest boards for more home keeping inspiration and cleaning tips
This post is the 7th of 12 in the 144 Plan to Happy Homemaking. To learn more about the 144 Plan or catch up on a missed post, check out the complete 144 Plan Training Log.
The heart of the wise will make his mouth judicious, and upon his lips, it will add persuasiveness. (Proverbs 16:23)