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A Handbook For Homemakers
You Can Have Your Dream Home!
Written by Terri Wyatt
-2- . in whole or in part. duplication. by any means. or transmission. storage. including electronic coping.com. translation. importation.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS ISBN: 978-1-4357-3413-5 © 2008 Terri Wyatt All Rights Reserved Any unauthorized coping. The author welcomes any questions or comments via email at Homemaker@TerriWyatt. is a violation of applicable laws. or distribution.
To the man I love – my husband. The most patient man I know. To all who have tried managing a household without having any training in the art of homemaking. I hope this book helps reduce any stress you may experience along the way and helps you enjoy the journey of creating your dream home.
soon would even this become great.” HESIOD (Circa 720 BC?) -4- .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “If thou shouldst lay up even a little upon a little. and shouldst do this often.
Table of Contents
Introduction The Making of a Home
It’s Not Just A Building Enjoy the Ride
Take Care of Yourself
Your Health - Getting in Shape – Sleep Better It’s Not Pampering, It’s Recharging
Simply the Basics -Create a Workable Plan Time Management - Following Through
The Business Side of Things
The Home Office – Setting up Your Filing System – Creating a Budget
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Basic Cleaning Know-How
Tools – De-Cluttering – Daily – Weekly Monthly – Seasonal
In The Kitchen
Basic Equipment –Healthy Meals – Shopping Cooking
Daily – Weekly – Monthly Spring – Fall - A FiveMonth Plan to Getting it All Together
Ways to Reduce Costs
Utility – Grocery – Larger Purchases - Other
Bibliography About the Author
he idea for this book came as I was thumbing through yet another weighty tome on the subject of household management. Most of
the books I read assumed the reader, at some point of their life, learned the basic knowledge and skills needed to run a home. I didn’t! I was, more often than not, left with a feeling of having been let down by the author and asked myself how it could be that so many books were written on this very important (to me at least) subject – but I was unable to find a single volume that covered everything I needed to know. More than that, I realized there must be people other than just myself that felt the same way. I freely admit the household in which I grew up was mismanaged. I must be perfectly honest with you – there was no management at all! There were always dirty dishes in the sink.
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(That is - unless company was expected, and then my mother only stashed them in the oven.) There was no routine cleaning – only a quick dash when everything was so very out of control that my mother couldn’t take it any more. I don’t remember at any time other than at holidays that my family would sit down to eat a meal together. Nutrition was never a priority; neither were taking care of the finances or squirreling away something in case of a rainy day. It’s easy to believe what you’re used to is normal. Having a home that you want to spend time in – that your entire family wants to spend time in – is nothing but a pipe dream, right? Wrong! It wasn’t until I was working on my second marriage when it dawned on me that the household I grew up in wasn’t normal – that I really could have the home I often dreamed of. Since my husband preferred to have a “housewife”, I stopped working and stayed at home full-time. One problem – I didn’t know what a housewife was or did! I know this sounds silly, but I was at a loss as to what to do! I didn’t grow up in that long forgotten time when girls took home-economic classes. (Why did they ever stop this practice – or did they?) Nor did I have what you would call a good role model when I grew up. What was I to do? I read. After submerging my nose in book after book after book on the subject, my house was still a wreck and I was even more unhappy than when I -8-
began my journey. Not one of the books captured what I was looking for! Sure there were books on how to furnish a house properly, and books on how to cook properly, and some that promised you would get more time in your day just by reading them. No matter how many I read I never found what I was looking for – a sort of one-stop-shop for the basics on how to bring myself out of my hapless way of doing things and into a home that I would be proud for my family to live in. A home that is not only clean, but a home that is a healthy place for us to live, work, and play. A home that friends and guests could feel the love you put into it’s making. In short, my dream home. Now you’re probably wondering why I’m sharing all this with you. It’s simple, if you can understand just a fraction of where I came from – and how absolutely hopeless I felt – then surely you must be able to appreciate that if the information contained within this book (along with some good old fashioned elbow grease) helped pull me out of my mire…
Then it could very well help you the same way!
warning, this book is not what will pull you out of whatever quagmire you
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currently find yourself in. Not alone it can’t - the only thing that will make this program work is… you. You have to be so fed up with the way things are done in your home that you are willing to do just about anything to fix it. You have to work for it! You can’t expect that by reading this book – or any other book for that matter – that miracles will happen. Thinking positive won’t cut it! You have to be willing to make those miracles happen yourself – nobody else will! You have to be ready to make a change. Let’s face it, if whatever you are doing to manage your home right now worked – you wouldn’t be reading this book! Step-By-Step you will learn the basics (and maybe a little more) of running a home. It may seem like you aren’t making as much progress as fast as you would like, but please don’t run before you have learned to crawl. It has been proven that it takes at least 28 days of repeating a task before it becomes habit –so give yourself a break! Resist skipping ahead – otherwise you might risk the chance of burning out before you make any real progress. Just take each step as it comes and you should do just fine. I hope you will decide to join me on this journey. It may be one that changes your life (and that of your family’s) for the better – forever. Sincerely,
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12 - .” IZAAK WALTON (1593-1683) . Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “As the Italians say.
walk through not only the living areas. If you have a hard time with visualization just get up and walk slowly through it. but every room in your house – including the bathrooms. not a fantasy one – as well as the contents it contains right now. Starting at the front door. OK – Visualize your house – the one you currently live in. tour at a leisurely pace – really see it. but no less than ten-minutes.13 Take as much time as you need on this. . Imagine you are walking through it for the very first time. not to waste time daydreaming. I can assure you that what I am asking you to do is going to SAVE you time! So come on – what is your dream home? Make sure you include your family and loved ones in this dream. I can hear you now – you bought this book to help you improve your homemaking skills. I want you to take a few minutes to really think about this.TERRI WYATT It’s Not Just A Building W hat does the word home mean to you? Have you ever dreamed of what your home would be – or could be? Have you never thought about it? Well here’s your chance to dream a little. I want you to take the grand .
or anything else at all – then I’ve got news for you… YOU CAN! What has happened to us? We are American homemakers for pity’s sake! We live in one of the most advanced nations in the world. can’t) be happy until you have a larger house.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Now I want you to do the same thing. Now look at us! Gone are the days when taking care of our homes and families took priority over playing several hours of the latest video game. a more up to date kitchen. change the mood. you can do almost anything – except add anything. Gone is the time when you could drive around any neighborhood on a sunny Saturday afternoon and see entire families enjoying time in their yard. Life… Liberty… and the Pursuit of Happiness… What do these words mean to you? To your family? .14 - . newer furnishings. watching television. I want you to create a dream home out of what you currently have right there at your fingertips! I learned somewhere along the way that a person will never appreciate what life brings in the future unless they can appreciate what they already have today. If you think you won’t (or even worse. only this time I want you to imagine your same house – with the same furnishings – the way you would love them to be. get rid of stuff. or surfing the internet. Our cousins once looked at us from across the oceans with awe. Not to mention the evening meals we all spent at home together with our loved ones. In your imagination you can move furniture. Gone are the Sunday strolls we all used to take to our places of worship.
I remember thiking as I passed it . When your dream home fits just right – write it down. We always said things like. we felt that way. There were always more interesting places to be. nothing more.15 - .TERRI WYATT Have you ever thought of these simple words in connection to your home? You should. Our home is a living and breathing place where anything can happen. Don’t misunderstand me. then revisit your image you just created of your dream home. Never would we have thought that that very same living space could provide us with the relaxing sanctuary that it (more often than not) now does. Is your home one that inspires you to live up to your highest potential? Does it give you a feeling of release from the stresses of the outside world whenever you enter the door? Is it a place that makes you feel your most creative so you can not only pursue your own happiness – but also inspire your family to pursue theirs as well? If your answer to any of these questions is no. and at anytime. It took me quite a while before I began referring to the building my family and I live in as our Home. I remember one incident where I passed a little piece of paper on the stairs as I took the laundry upstairs. The only difference is now it’s managed in a way that eliminates most of the day-to-day emergencies our home once suffered. continue working on it until it does. The building we lived in was just that. Does it inspire you? If not. our home does not resemble a Buddhist monastery in any way. Don’t just jot down a few notes – write it out in detail (draw diagrams if you need to) so you can use it as a reference later on. “When we get back to the house…” To be perfectly honest.
This led to my spending eight-hours in the emergency room. Maybe you don’t have emergencies in your home. However. I’m not saying this is going to be a piece of cake – on the contrary. if not all.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS that I needed to pick it up on the way back down. That is the trick – following through.16 - . Have you ever had to rush to pay an overdue bill? Ever rush around trying to clean up because someone was coming over and you didn’t want them to see your house in its current state? (Do you have a mother-in-law?) Forget to plan dinner and congratulated yourself on your ability to throw something together at the last minute – even though it was just franks and beans? Have you ever rushed out of the house because you forgot about your son’s basketball game that night? Or… I could keep going on all day. of these things? You can! All that is needed is a proper system installed – that you follow. creating a home is extremely hard work…at first. if you look closely you just might find that you have more than your fair share. I could have saved myself a lot of pain. Needless to say I remembered it as I slid down almost the entire flight of stairs. It may very well be the most difficult thing you have ever undertaken! . I talked while I put the clothes away. What would you say if I told you that you could avoid most. not to mention the money. All of these seemingly little things are what I consider the day-to-day emergencies. but if I had only picked up that tiny slip of paper. and I forgot all about that little slip of paper. It seems like a simple thing. but I’m sure you get the point. What I ended up with was a pain in the… well most of my body to be perfectly honest. as well as a pair of crutches and a huge medical bill. The telephone rang.
Soon enough you will realize all the benefits of being on top of things – all you have to do is get off your fanny and get busy creating your dream home. with a little time.TERRI WYATT However. “Practice is the best of all instructors.17 - . everything about it will become second nature to you and it will seem as though your home pretty much runs itself – with just a little help from you.” PUBLILIUS SYRUS (Circa 42 BC) .
A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Enjoy the Ride I learned along the way the secret of what was standing between me and the home of my dreams. but others I actually enjoy. . (You may find that you suffer from the same thing. It was dirty work.18 - . Instead of looking at housework as a group of chores that needed doing.) The secret was my ATTITUDE towards housework! I never saw anyone that thought of “keeping house” as anything but drudgery – too bad my mother did such a wonderful job of instilling that lesson. The work for each day needs to be completed. it was a piece of cheesecake (my favorite kind of cake). but the finished product is always evolving. I realized that a home is an ongoing project. and to be avoided as much as possible. Some chores I’m still not overly fond of. Once I changed the way I looked at it. Today I know that it can be different. You may think I’ve gone totally insane after I tell you this but… I love doing laundry! The simple acts of hanging it out on the clothesline and ironing are something of meditative acts for me.
19 - . It would be easy to let it become the absolute worst part of your day. pick out some upbeat music you can really move to and let’s get going! . (OK. I did say almost!) I like to spend time alone with my thoughts or just listen to some nice music when I do the dishes – it’s one of the only times I can be guaranteed free from interruptions. if you take a different view. it can be almost a joy. On the other hand.TERRI WYATT There are certain things that are done repeatedly. Only you have the power to do this! Washing dishes is one of those things that must be done in a timely manner if we want to reduce the amount of harmful bacteria our families are exposed to. but that does not mean you should allow them to become boring. So come on.
” KAHLIL GIBRAN (1883 – 1931) .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “You give but little when you give of your possessions.20 - . It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Take Care of Yourself .21 - .
and value it next to a good conscience. praise God.” IZAAK WALTON (1593-1683) . a blessing that money can not buy. and if you have it. for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of.22 - .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “Look to your health.
if we allow ourselves to become incapacitated in any way. but far too often. we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we simply forget to take as good care of ourselves. be a little selfish and do it for you! I can hear you now saying you haven’t the time or energy to take care of everything on your plate as it is – how could I possibly ask you to take the time to add any more? It’s simple. to put you own mask on even before that of your child’s.23 - .TERRI WYATT I t sounds like common sense. Think about it. When flying on an airplane they instruct that if the oxygen masks fall in the event of an emergency. I’m not asking – I’m insisting – and I’ll tell you why! . how do we take care of anyone else? If you won’t do it for yourself. do it for them! Better yet.
you will be better prepared to take care of your home and loved ones if you take a little time to spend on yourself. With just a few changes that took very little time out of the day. I was able to tackle more things in one week than I did previously in a month! think what you can do! The difference was simply amazing. When I first started. If I did this in the first few months. Ultimately you must be the one to take care of yourself. because you deserve taking care of! You are the only person who can really know what your body needs (besides a good doctor). I was overweight almost to the point of being obese.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Primarily. Do you tire easily? Are you sleeping well? Do you stay hydrated? Are you eating a healthy and balanced diet? When did you last take the time to do something you enjoy doing – just for yourself? Additionally.24 - . I had more energy and my overall quality of life improved. just . I felt better about myself than I had in years. I shed almost 30 pounds in three months! Although I was still another 30 pounds away from my goal weight.
TERRI WYATT Your Health T he most important thing you can do to improve your health is – talk to your doctor! I mean really talk. Not only that but your doctor and pharmacist are the people you should consult about what vitamins. Just because you can pick it up off the shelf DOES NOT mean that it is absolutely safe! You never know how it can interact with prescriptions or over-the-counter medications you currently take. Ask about everything BEFORE you take it – no matter how innocent it looks. This gives you a pretty good report card on how well you are taking care of yourself.25 - . It’s very important to get that dreaded annual physical – complete with tests and blood work – every year. I prefer others to think of me like a bottle of good wine – even though I don’t drink – I’m going to improve with age and not turn to vinegar. This is the one person in your life that it is dangerous to withhold anything from. or any other over-the-counter medications you should take. as well as what you can do in the following year to improve. herbal supplements. What about you? .
It never occurred to me that even the person doing the simplified version had trained for years – of course they made it look easy.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Getting in Shape I f you’re body is already in the best condition possible – skip this section. When I purchased the tapes and was subsequently unable to keep up with the instructor I felt simply miserable! I felt there was something wrong with me. I admit it. Does this sound familiar? So how do we of the couch potato persuasion get fit? By turning off the infomercials – whose soul purpose is to depress and make us feel guilty enough to call in and buy their product! Getting in better shape is as easy as getting off your rear end and moving a little more today than you did yesterday. I placed the videos on the shelf and gave up.000 steps a day is what is required to reach a healthy active lifestyle. There were before and after photos of people who now looked amazing! They made it look so easy! So I thought – if they could do it.000 steps a day! .26 - . They can be purchased for less than $5 in the sporting goods department of any Wal-Mart. Invest in one of those little pedometers if you would like to know how much (or how little) you currently walk in a day. Did I say simple? When I first started wearing one of these little meters I was lucky to get 4. Instead. If you are like the rest of us just keep reading… I was overweight sitting in front of the television watching infomercials about getting fit while eating potato chips. A simple 10. then so can I.
Decide on one you will actually do instead of what you think will work best – what good are they if they are just sitting on the shelf? Now get off your rear end and get moving! . This will give you an accurate estimate of your current activity level.TERRI WYATT Try wearing one for a few days without increasing you activity at all. Simply add 500 steps more every day – each week – the equivalent of walking around the block once – and you will see a difference in no time flat. Just remember to drink plenty of water and keep hydrated! If you aren’t up to it don’t push yourself! Even if you are only able to increase your activity by 50 steps you’re doing better than if you didn’t increase it at all! In addition to walking. You may want to try a couple of the different ones your local library has on DVD or video before you invest in your own. you might consider adding an exercise routine once you are up to at least 5.27 - . There are so many different types of workouts available – as well as different instructors.000 steps a day.
28 - . are an adult of any kind – you can put away that fairy tale we all used to believe in. The problem is in the how… everyone requires something a little different in their routine that helps contribute to a restful night’s sleep. If you are married. coupled with everything we try to cram into a day. living with someone. and set realistic goals for tomorrow during your quiet time at the end of the day. keeping you awake into the wee hours of the morning – but it works! I’ll admit the first two weeks will feel like hell on earth – but soon after that it will soon become second nature to you as your internal clock becomes set to your new routine. Living in a world where even the happiest of people are under amazing amounts of stress. It is best to clear up that myth right now. Your wandering mind will thank you! . have children. Sure this takes some planning ahead of time – such as a quiet period of about a half hour before bed so your mind doesn’t race. it’s really a wonder that we get any sleep at all! But there is hope… There are those of us who think the more sleep you get – the more rested you will be in the morning. review all you have accomplished and have met in your daily goals. Science has disproved this fact! The simple act of going to bed and getting up at the same time EVERY DAY is all that is required.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Sleep Better I t goes without saying that a good night’s sleep will help you be at your best the next day. In addition. the perfect night’s sleep. Notice that I didn’t say a perfect night’s sleep.
29 - .TERRI WYATT “Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564 – 1616) .
. When you feel confident – you are confident. and a little jewelry to match my outfit for the day.30 - . Which in turn makes it easier to handle the amount of stuff life hands us day after day. some lip gloss. If I need a little extra boost – I give myself a facial and a manicure! (It’s amazing how inexpensive you can do this at home!) This is my 30-minute sure-fire way to a brand new me – worth the little effort that goes into it. But I have come to the realization if I spend a little extra time on myself it is not an act of pampering – but of recharging my batteries – an act that actually helps the entire family in a way. It’s Recharging I was brought up with the misbegotten notion that it just isn’t right to pamper yourself – it’s vanity at it’s worst. Don’t think for a minute this means you can spend hours on end primping – or that you need to spend a single extra cent! What I am talking about is the extra few minutes – fifteen at the most – you spend on yourself that makes you feel like you are at your best. but also lets them know in a subtle way that you care about them and how they see you. You may be asking how I can help my family by doing these seemingly selfish things – right? It’s difficult not to feel more confident when you know you look your best. quickly wash and touch up my face. Taking a little time before dinner (before your spouse arrives home if you can) not only refreshes you.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS It’s Not Pampering. and run a brush through my hair. Before dinner I run upstairs. In the evening I take a little time before bed to apply a nourishing lotion to my skin. For me this includes a little extra moisturizer on my face.
What better way to get them in the habit of washing up before meals than by showing them that you do too? Whatever you do. and show them that they don’t have to worry when they arrive home. So why not take the time in this little way. stressful days – and unless your spouse collects a paycheck for sitting in a luxurious room doing nothing I guarantee they do too. time spent on yourself can be used as a type of meditation – a getting yourself adjusted and ready to take on the world – your world.TERRI WYATT Let’s face it– would you rather your better half see you as a disorganized person that never seems put together. enjoy yourself! So what are you waiting for? Go pamper yourself a little! .31 - . Show them that you can handle you side of things and still be able to be the person they fell in love with! Above all else. and with whom. and always think that you are in over your head? Or would you prefer they see someone capable of shouldering the world if they needed you to? Sure you have tough. You can spend it alone – or share this time with your little ones.
A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “Whatever your occupation may be and however crowded your hours with affairs.” CHARLES ELIOT NORTON (1827-1908) . do not fail to secure at least a few minutes every day for refreshment of your inner life with a bit of poetry.32 - .
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34 - . JR. (1841 – 1935) . For to live is to function. while you still live.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill… „The race is over. That is all there is to living.‟… It cannot be.” JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES. but the work never is done while the power to work remains.
Don’t make a big to-do about this – even though it is probably one of the most important steps in this book. a pen or a pencil. Just grab your notebook and let’s get started! . without ever thinking of your direction or your final destination? With just a few simple steps you can take more control of your life and home – almost instantly! This may sound impossible to you – but I assure you it isn’t! All you need is a couple sheets of paper.TERRI WYATT D o you have a plan of action for you and your home? Have you ever sat down to plan what you want from life? Or do you do like so many others and just drift wherever life takes you. and a little time to sit quietly and work on this.35 - . do those later. Don’t try to get fancy with computer databases or spreadsheets – if you really must.
A goal is not a goal unless you write it down. Goals must be realistic. is ended 2. aim For our purposes here. 3. 2. So now let’s try setting a goal. an object or end that one strives to attain. trip. since you are reading this book. I prefer to use the second definition. Whether you just want to be a .36 - . Setting a goal doesn’t make it attainable – working towards it does. There are a few simple – but necessary – rules to goal setting. Review goals and revise them when needed. etc.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Simply the Basics W hat are goals? My Webster’s New World Collage dictionary gives these definitions: 1. 6. the line or place at which a race. A goal is not a goal unless written in detail. one of your goals is to improve your ability as a homemaker. A goal cannot conflict with other goals or your beliefs. 5. 4. 1. My guess is.
If your goal is to get your kitchen clean write down exactly what you mean by clean. “I am going to loose 15 pounds by August 1st. A goal is not a goal unless you write it down.TERRI WYATT little better or the best darn homemaker in the history of your entire family is your choice – but both (as well as everything in between) are realistic goals if you really want – and work for – it! Let’s go over those rules again in greater detail.” is not a goal. “I want to loose weight. Let’s just say that if you want to be a modest homemaker – you can’t work at a topless bar.” is a goal. I know that sounds extreme – and it is – but sometimes we make some pretty insane goals. Any goal should have enough worth that you can bear to write it out on a clean sheet of paper – made of wood or on a computer screen.37 - . I’m not talking about simply jotting it down on a piece of scrap paper. I had a goal once to spend every weekend relaxing and doing nothing but catching up on my favorite television shows. A goal is not a goal unless written in detail. I couldn’t have both. A goal for bringing you home from complete chaos into a pristine palace by the end of the week – this would . Picture in your mind everything down to what color the towel is on the oven door. At the same time I wanted a perfectly run home (which is actually more relaxing). then write it down – every little detail! A goal cannot conflict with other goals or your beliefs. I just want to remind you as bluntly as possible that sometimes you will have to give up something in order to achieve your goals – you can’t have it both ways. Goals must be realistic. In making a goal put in as much detail as possible.
Since we have the basics down.38 - . let’s move forward to the fun part – planning how we will achieve our goal! Good old- .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS be an example of an unrealistic goal. family structure changes. fashioned hard work is what brings goals into reality! Review goals and revise when needed. Having a home that runs like a well-oiled piece of machinery within six months is a very realistic goal. Getting your home under control within a month is realistic. Setting a goal doesn’t make it attainable – working towards it does. It’s OK! This is a part of life. Sometimes there are things that come up that necessitate amending our goals. but also can change them completely. these rules apply to any goal you make. but for our purpose here we will focus on the goal of becoming a better homemaker. and finances… these things and so much more can not only put our goals on hold for a little while. health. I do this at the end of every year. Remember. An addition to the family. If you have ever heard that if you set goals you will achieve them – forget it! If you don’t map out a plan of action – and follow that plan – then your goals are not goals… they are just dreams.
filling the gas tank. A typical Plan of Action contains the following: The Goal – written out in detail Rewards – what you will get out of achieving the goal A Time Frame – when do you plan on beginning work on this goal? What is your deadline for completing or reaching this goal? (Make sure this is realistic!) Obstacles – what blocks the way of you reaching your goal? Solutions – what can overcome those obstacles? . It is much more likely for you to reach your goals (not to mention easier and less stressful) if you have a map to follow. you wouldn’t have a chance of arriving at your chosen destination. and got in the car .39 - W hat good would it be if you said that you have a goal to drive from Miami to Manhattan. This map is commonly called a Plan of Action. or a POA for short. unless you made this same trip several times before.TERRI WYATT Create a Workable Plan without so much as packing your bags. or even looking at a map – let alone taking one with you? Chances are. Now if you did the prep work – would you say you would have a better chance of arriving? Of course you would! The same thing applies to the act of setting goals. That is what we are going to do here – create a map to follow.
) .40 - . (OK. All you have to do is substitute your own obstacles and find the solutions.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS POA – a detailed map of what needs to be done to reach your goal Progress to Date – track your progress toward reaching your goal Here is an example of what a Plan of Action would look like for the goal of becoming a better homemaker. I pretty much mapped this one out for you.
41 - .it will be the same with this mess! It doesn't have to be perfect now – I just need to improve it a little each and every day! 4. To provide a loving environment – not only for my kids. I realize it took more than a day to build Rome . Time Frame I will reach this goal on or before: 6 months from now (04/01/2009) Obstacles I'm OVERWHELMED! Solutions This feeling will pass once a little progress is made.such as TV . To create a home We can all be proud of! What Will I get Out of Reaching This Goal? The satisfaction of accomplishing it & the feelings of being more in control of the home and taking better care of my family. 3. . I hate housework. Adjust the way I think about housework. I don't know what to do.until it's reached. but also for my husband and myself.TERRI WYATT Plan of Action The Goal To keep a cleaner. Eventually they will pitch in.like the kids not helping out right away. I will try not to stress out over small things . Learn what needs to be done & exactly how to do it. I will enjoy showing my love for my family in this way. but until then I will remember this is my goal – not theirs! 5.not theirs! I will do this . The house is in such a state that I can't do it all by myself. 2. I will enjoy the process of creating a loving home! Progress to Date I purchased this book! I will follow the plan laid out in this book. I don't have the time! This is my goal . POA 1. Healthier home (that runs more efficiently) for my family and myself. It isn't drudgery .I can do this if I take it one managable step at a time! MAKE TIME! I will "steal" the time needed by limiting activities .it's taking care of myself and my family.
Don’t ask me who because I don’t know – and it doesn’t really matter anyway. Way back in the beginning of time – that is… at the beginning of time management – someone came up with this idea. You’d be flabbergasted if you could have seen how many gaps of unrecorded time and blocks of wasted time recorded on my first log. and dresses for the day (30 Minutes) 7:30 – made breakfast & fed the family (30 Minutes) 8:00 – watched morning television (30 Minutes) 8:45 – Left for work I’m sure you get the idea.42 - . Yes. To . What does matter is that it works –it works so well that most books on time management include this trick! When I tried keeping my first time log it was difficult for me to remember to write every little thing down. but stick with me here. I’ll admit that it’s tedious and somewhat annoying to have to write down everything you do like this.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Time Management do this – write down everything you do for the next week along with the time started and how much time you spent doing it. I’m not talking hours here… each T he first thing necessary in being able to manage your time more effectively is to learn how you currently spend it. showered. An example would be… 7:00 – woke up.
You may prefer to spend it . or if you prefer to spend it on something else – like baking cookies with your children (which is a great way to get something fun done while opening up the channels of communication).50 on watching a favorite television show. You can use your current rate of pay. and sometimes-even handymen. That comes out to $17. but if you’re a homemaker like myself this can be very difficult. counselors. housekeepers. I dare you to hire out all that for minimum wage! So how do you figure what an hour of our time is worth? Taking the national average for a median income in the United States (data from 2005 census) a 40-hour workweek has a value of just about $35. taxi drivers. we all know that taking care of our family is worth much more than that! We are chefs. This helps you make better decisions about how you can better spend that time.43 - . You can decide if you want to spend your $17. but it really isn’t. I will figure the hourly rate by using a fifty-week year – since most people get a two-week paid vacation. errand runners. nurses. bookkeepers. The easy thing would be to use the minimum wage – but let’s face it. budget makers.50 an kour! At this rate of pay I was throwing out the equivalent of $546 each week! I understand that assigning a monetary value to leisure time can seem a little over the top.TERRI WYATT week I was wasting 1.000 a year (this figure has been rounded off for simplicity).3 DAYS! That’s more than an entire workweek I wasted every month! Now if you think that sounds amazing – wait until we assign a dollar value to it.
This cleared up enough time that on the nights we don’t spend time together. What a concept! Awarding yourself a mini-vacation of some sort each and every day that you reach your goals – now that’s something to look forward to! Not only do you make progress on your goals. or reading while they do it on their own. A minivacation is a pleasant experience.either helping your kids with their homework.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS doing something like attending a school game or play or studying . or even studying along side of them if you’re continuing your own education. I was able to actually spend some time on one of my long forgotten hobbies – painting. However you choose. but also you give yourself a restful moment or two to congratulate yourself for what progress you’ve made that day. I used to take several 15-minute breaks throughout the day & watch something on television after each meal to “relax”. What a horrible phrase! Down time…if you think in terms of computers or productivity “down time” is the last thing you want! Down time… What if instead of down time we take mini-vacations each day? What’s the difference? “Down Time” accomplishes nothing. Now I allow myself two 15-minute breaks during the day and limit my TV time to watch a movie or play a game with my family a couple of nights a week. The only choice you have is HOW you choose to spend it! Down time… That’s what I used to call my little breaks and time spent watching television.50 every hour. just remember that you must – and do choose to spend that same $17. This “alone time” really helped me to .44 - . One you earn.
This is extremely important! Make sure you do this! I can’t stress this enough – it’s very easy to loose 15-minutes here and half-an-hour there. then work that plan! . If you don’t keep an eye on where you use your time. even my husband) looks forward to our time we spend together! Who would have thought that would ever happen? Once a month I do a “time audit” where I make a time log for two days at the beginning of the month – just to make sure I’m not slipping back into my old habits.TERRI WYATT recharge and renew myself in a way that sitting in front of the boob-tube could never do! And even though they resisted it at first.45 - . my family (yes. you won’t be able to choose to improve how it is spent! Plan how you spend your time.
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along with the telephone number of someone to reach just in case something comes up and I need to reschedule. This . Feeling overwhelmed can also lead to a short temper and pretty soon there can be a snowball effect the entire family can suffer from. but if you schedule a time you must accomplish everything – it is easier to feel overwhelmed. I attach a little ribbon to the top of the spiral binding and use it to mark the current week. On the contrary.TERRI WYATT A calendar can be one of two things – a tool used to help keep your days straight. when you fell overwhelmed you are more likely to get a headache or a migraine that makes you even less likely to want to do anything for the rest of the day. Items such as what time I eat or the chores that need to be done only seem to hide items that are really important. There are plenty of books on how to use a calendar as well as what kind to use.47 - . or a ball-and-chain to a stress filled schedule. I prefer to only write appointments and items that I NEED to remember. Not only that. If you write everything in your calendar that it will be very easy to miss an appointment. they are so important that I have devised checklists specifically for these items. That is not to say housework and such are not important. If you are anything like me. I prefer to have lined pages that are pretty spacious – not a lot of sections – just plain lines. To me he simple works best. As for what type of calendar to use – use what works for you! I use an ordinary weekly planner – a spiral bound one the size of a normal sheet of paper when laid out flat. which is fine with me since they come in such a variety of styles and are generally less expensive. It’s your choice. Because of this I tend to end up with one intended for students.
48 - .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS is what I use – and although it may work for you. Like I said before – it’s a personal choice what you use – it could be that a program on your computer such as Outlook would suit you better. Don’t let anything stand in your way of your goal. you have your Plan of Action with detailed no-fail If I can get my act together – then so can you! . Make sure you choose a calendar you will use… and stick to it! Following Through steps to follow. I did! T his one is simple. and you have your daily schedule – get up and go to it! EVERY DAY! It’s as simple as that. This may mean learning to say no to people – or to yourself – but you can do it. Now that you have your goal mapped out. it might not.
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A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “The world would be better and brighter if our teachers would dwell on the Duty of Happiness as well as on the Happiness of Duty.” SIR JOHN LUBBOCK. LORD AVEBURY (1834-1913) .50 - . for we ought to be as cheerful as we can. if only because to be happy ourselves is a most effectual contribution to the happiness of others.
When setting up this space remember you will need storage areas for: W hether you have an entire room for an office. or just a box in your dining room – you Files Mail Postage & Envelopes Ink Pens Financial Records Keep everything in the same room to keep yourself from spending more time collecting things than doing actual work. make sure it’s a comfortable space that allows you to concentrate on the task at hand. My office is located in a small niche in my bedroom – a dormer window area that would otherwise be wasted space. .TERRI WYATT The Home Office need to create a place you can do the business side of homemaking. a drawer in your kitchen.51 - . Wherever you decide to have your “office”.
which now sits under a window in my bedroom with potted plants. You can make your home office as elaborate as you want to – as long as you use your spare time to do it in. Setting up your home office should take 15 minutes at the most! . You can keep your financial records either on a computer or in a paper ledger. you would never know what it contained! As for the rest of it. doilies. Looking at it. and a few knick-knacks on top of it.52 - .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS You can keep your files in anything from an expanding file pocket to an elaborate file cabinet. if you are very limited on space you can keep them in an inexpensive plastic shoebox (available at craft stores for under $2). I was lucky enough to find a nice lateral file cabinet on clearance. That’s all you need to begin with.
As a matter of fact nothing could be easier. and include: o File Folders – plain manila folders are best as well as being the least expensive.53 - N ow that you have your home office set up. What good . The basics you need should cost less than $10. are available from any office supply store or Wal-Mart. let me reassure you it is not. depending on your needs. it’s time to get your paperwork together and get it organized. That’s all you need! You don’t need labels (unless you are using previously used files) or anything fancy to print them. Just keep in mind all the time you can save (not to mention reducing some of the stress in your life) if you can put your hands on any piece of paper should you need it! It takes very little in the way of equipment to create a file system. The goal here is not to spend a fortune. The goal is to get your paperwork under control! . o Pen – I use a very fine “Sharpie” brand permanent marker (it’s easier to read than a regular ink pen) o Something to hold your files – anything from an expanding file folder to a file cabinet.TERRI WYATT Setting Up Your File System is keeping it unless you are able to find it when you need it? Even if you have no experience whatsoever with the art of filing – you can be up and running in a matter of a few minutes a day! If the idea of creating your own filing system seems overwhelming.
Insurance – COPIES of each policy Banking – monthly statements Receipts – Includes both receipts and warranties for larger items. Manuals – Useful when you need to reprogram the TV remote or teach your children how to use the washing machine! Also great for troubleshooting in case something stops working. mortgage. and anything else that pertains to the home – EXCEPT the homeowner’s insurance policy. warranties. repairs. Health – Includes health records for each person in the family (including pets) with detailed information on allergies and vital statistics.54 - . etc. Taxes If you have items that don’t fit into any of the above categories – add one of your own! Nothing here is written in stone. insurance information (not the policy). this is just a .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Begin by creating categories for your files. titles. Auto – Includes a file for each car as well as repair receipts. In my cabinet the files are sorted into the following categories: Home – Includes utilities.
Pretty soon you will have control of that mountain of paper! . and your account number. at the top write the name of the electric company. Once your file is named. On the front of the file. turn it a quarter-turn clockwise. Your first file is ready for the cabinet – just add the contents. along with contact information for billing inquiries. I named mine “UTILITIES – ELECTRIC” to keep all my utilities together in the home category.TERRI WYATT guide to help get those piles of paper out of whatever box you currently have them stashed in – and more accessible. On the tab at the top of the file write whatever you want to call this file. Let’s begin with your file for the electric bills. Continue creating your files in this fashion as you have time. the rest is down hill! Files in each category are then simply organized alphabetically. After you decide what categories you’re going to use. The file should now be positioned like a book you are about to open. Keeping this information on the front of the file makes telephone calls that much easier.55 - . a phone number to call in case of a power outage. mailing address.
If. I always thought some special talent was needed to create a household budget – so I never did one. you will be able to see exactly how your family is spending money. for instance your food costs are more outrageous than they should be – you can cut costs by reducing the amount you spend on Now fill out the second form. a pencil. need to be made and where. Do you know much money your family can afford to spend on certain items – or if you can safely afford to purchase new appliances or a new car? Do you experience that thrill of depositing money into a savings account and watching it grow each month? Do you have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses? Do you know if you are over your head in debt? Creating a simple budget can help you answer all these questions as well as show how your family can better use the income it has.56 - . All it takes is a sheet of paper. This is in fact a very So grab your pencil and paper – and let’s get to it! After filling out the first form.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Creating a Budget important (and very easy) thing to do. a little time and some good old-fashioned thinking. Comparing the two completed forms can aid you in deciding if changes .
Nothing but a true emergency should make your family consider using money in this fund. If it is your monthly installments that are taking too much away from the family income. Tips for reducing your grocery bill are included in the Tips For Cutting Costs chapter of this book.TERRI WYATT eating out. If you do take money out of the emergency fund replace it before you do anything else! . try paying them down by adding $20 to one payment every month to one in order to pay it off early. don’t be tempted to rob from the emergency fund to do it! This fund is specifically for those times when you NEED money right away – an example would be to pay for a plumber to stop the septic from backing up in the house. This will also reduce the amount of interest you will be charged in the long run. Most important of all – don’t charge anything! Reducing your family debt is like putting money in the bank! Whatever you need to do – do it! Whatever you do.57 - .
and all other monthly payments Line 7: Line 8: Clothing Contributions $ $ % % Includes charitable donations and church obligations Line 9: Emergency Fund/Savings $ % After 3 months income is saved for emergencies . school lunches Line 5: Transportation & Housing $ % Includes rent/mortgage. gasoline . life.but not auto payments Line 6: Installments $ % Includes insurance payments (auto. homeowner's/renter's. This is the NET INCOME for the household Step 2: Divide It Up Enter the amounts your family ACTUALLY SPENDS on the following categories. auto maintenance. dining out. $ % Includes allowances and misc. Line 4: Food $ % Includes groceries. taxes. auto payments.58 - .all funds go into savings Line 10: Education $ % Collage fund Line 11 Recreation $ % Plan a trip or vacation and save for it! Line 12: Misc. social security and retirement funds) Line 3: $ Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter that amount here. spending Add lines 4 through 12 and enter here. $ % This is the total amount your family is currently spending! . disability) as well as credit cards. Then figure the percentage of NET INCOME spent by dividing line 3 by that amount.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Current Budget (Our current financial world) Step 1: Figure Net Income Line 1: $ Enter MONTHLY gross income for the entire household (this is the income before taxes or anything else is withheld) Line 2: $ Enter amount withheld from household income (includes health insurance payments. utilities.
This is the NET INCOME for the household Step 2: Divide It Up Use the above figure for your family NET INCOME (line 3) and enter the proper amounts in the boxes for each category based on the percentages shown. life.5% $ Collage fund Line 11 Recreation 2. gasoline . auto maintenance. school lunches Line 5: Transportation & Housing 28% $ Includes rent/mortgage.5% $ Plan a trip or vacation and save for it! Line 12: Misc. and all other monthly payments Line 7: Line 8: Clothing Contributions 10% 10% $ $ Includes charitable donations and church obligations Line 9: Emergency Fund/Savings 5% $ After 3 months income is saved in case of an emergency .59 - . disability) as well as credit cards. 5% $ Includes allowances and misc. spending Add lines 4 through 12 and enter here.all funds go into savings Line 10: Education 2. $ This amount should be the same as line 3 . taxes. utilities. social security and retirement funds) Line 3: $ Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter that amount here. dining out.TERRI WYATT Proposed Budget (Our perfect financial world) Step 1: Figure Net Income Line 1: $ Enter MONTHLY gross income for the entire household (this is the income before taxes or anything else is withheld) Line 2: $ Enter amount withheld from household income (includes health insurance payments. homeowner's/renter's.but not auto payments Line 6: Installments 12% $ Includes insurance payments (auto. auto payments. Line 4: Food 25% $ Includes groceries.
A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour.60 - . And gather honey all the day From every opening flower!” ISAAC WATTS (1674 – 1748) .
Basic Cleaning Know-How .61 - .
62 - .” JOHN WESLEY (1703-1791) .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.
Unless it’s an emergency. like having to rush to the hospital kind of emergency – not I have to make a phone call emergency. Do one thing at a time – Please don’t try cooking dinner and cleaning out your closets at the same time – you’ll burn your dinner for sure! 2.TERRI WYATT important… but if I knew about them when I first started out getting my home in order – I’d have saved myself a lot of time and stress from the start! 1.63 - . They may not seem very . take the time to put things away – that way you know where it is when you need T here are a few little tips I would like to share before we get into the how-tos of cleaning. Don’t leave anything out thinking that you will come back to it – You won’t! Something will come up that will prevent you from being able to.Stick with what you’re doing until you either finish it or you put it away for another time. Don’t start another task before completing the first . 3.
It’s not difficult. Sure you might feel a little silly – but isn’t that the point? If music isn’t your thing – find what is. I thought I would pick it up on the way down. I saw that piece of paper laying on the stairs when I went up to gather the laundry.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS it again. of course. . You can have fun cleaning! You really can – if you decide you will. just put on some music – anything with a beat will do – then move your rear end while you clean your toilet. Don’t walk past (or over) anything sitting on the floor – Pick it up and throw it away or put it where it belongs! I learned this the hard way.64 - . and backside as well as a broken foot! Learn from my mistake and pick up even the smallest item instead of waiting until later – later just might be too late! 5. (Think of the silent lesson you give your children when they see you do this!) 4. hip. Instead I slid down the stairs and ended up with a bruised… back.
I will list here the items I prefer to use. More than one person has allergies in our home (I have asthma). Not only does this reduce the cost and amount of space needed to store the stuff.65 - . I like to keep my 2 empty plastic spray bottles – with marks on the side for easy measuring & mixing (found in the detergent isles) White vinegar Scouring Powder (Like Ajax) Bleach Baking soda . Don’t go out and purchase more than you need. you will get better quality items for the same price. Little things – like empty bottles and buckets – are usually better purchased at a discount store like Wal-Mart. Most of the time. I like things that do more than just one job. Try them before you discard the idea of using any of them – some (like the homemade all-purpose cleaner) I have found work as well or better than those pricy ones on the grocery store shelves! I try to buy all of my tools where the local businesses would purchase them.TERRI WYATT Tools cleaning supplies down to the bare minimum – using as few chemicals as possible in the process. otherwise you will end up purchasing more than ten families could use in a year! V ery few tools are necessary to clean a home. like warehouse clubs. but also more importantly reduces the pollution in my home. and I have found that this simple step really helps.
Broom – I prefer a good synthetic broom with the bristles cut at an angle – they can be easily washed and get into corners with no fuss. I keep 8 small ones in my bucket so I don’t have to reuse a dirty one.66 - . mainly because of how light it is and it keeps your hands away from the dirty water when wringing it out.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Mild liquid dish detergent – without moisturizers (I use ivory) Cleaning cloths – I like the micro-fiber ones. and just throw them in the laundry when it’s time to do the kitchen towels. Paper Towels – for use in the bathroom 1 empty bucket Mop – I prefer the Libby Wonder Mop. if they are too large I just cut them in quarters and hem the edges. Vacuum (if you have carpeting a large one with attachments. if not a cordless one that the handle removes will work just fine for cleaning the furniture and stairs) Toilet Brush Diaper Wipes Trash bags – those little plastic grocery bags work well & take up little room .
then tape it to the bottle with clear packaging tape). as it will foam up at the top. everything should fit neatly in the bucket. DISH DETERGENT & WATER – RATIO 1:20 (I use brightly colored paper and a black marker. Instead. Just remember. . and by the time you answer the phone and turn back around. Inside mix: 2 Tbsp. they will be into it.67 - . Recipes Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner Label an empty plastic spray bottle “ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER. even though everything on the above list is about as safe as you can get – always keep your cleaning supplies (including used cloths & paper towels) out of the reach of children and pets! It only takes a second or two. If you have the money you can buy two buckets and nest them when not in use.TERRI WYATT That’s it! When you are not moping the floors. This makes it easy to move from room to room without always having to return back to that special place you (hopefully) have designated for storing all your chemicals. Mix it this way each time you use this cleaner as the detergent may settle to the bottom when stored. flip it upside down a few times to dissolve the detergent completely. Mild liquid dish detergent 2 ½ cups tap water Try not to shake this too hard.
If the area is very soiled let the cleanser sit a few seconds to a full minute before wiping. To get a streak-free shine on windows and mirrors.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS To use. Inside mix: 1½ cups distilled white vinegar 1½ cups tap water Shake well to mix.68 - . . Homemade Window Cleaner Label an empty plastic spray bottle “WINDOW CLEANER. spray the area you want to clean and wipe with a soft cloth. If the area is very soiled let the cleanser sit a few seconds to a full minute before wiping. wipe with a damp cloth or use the homemade window cleaner below to remove any residue left on the surface. such as countertops. spray the area you want to clean and wipe with a soft cloth. then tape it to the bottle with clear packaging tape). If using on areas used for food preparation. To use. Clean or 409. This cleanser can be used anywhere you would normally spray an all-purpose cleaner such as Mr. after wiping cleaner off – wipe again with a clean dry cloth to remove the streaky residue (this is where those micro fiber cloths really come in handy) This cleanser can be used anywhere you normally spray a window cleaner such as Windex. VINEGAR & WATER – RATIO 1:1 (I use brightly colored paper and a black marker.
the advice is simple. Junk drawers – if you can’t remember what it is. It’s all right to begin small simply by throwing out (remember to recycle) old newspapers and magazines. I know because I’ve probably read them all! This one is really simpler than you might think – if you have too much stuff. and it’s cluttering up your life. You can keep the last two issues. old coupons… recycle them . trash. Nevertheless. you have to get rid of some of it. The funny thing is that they all give the . but also emotional to go through. If you haven’t had time to read them before now.TERRI WYATT Decluttering same basic advice. will you ever? Probably not! Here are a few other things you can start with: Refrigerator – toss anything you know will not get eaten before it goes bad Clothing – if it doesn’t fit. was or goes to… get rid of it Paper – junk mail. Anywhere – if it’s broken… fix or toss it. but some of us packrats can find this process to be not only difficult. or it hasn’t been worn in a year… donate it. it really is that simple! All right. is badly stained.69 - S o many books have been published on this topic it can make your head spin. It’s that simple! I’m not kidding. but toss the rest. it is something we all must go through.
g. . it will become second nature to toss. I will detail each step of the checklists located in the back of this book. recycle. Some of the items are repeated on different lists – therefore I will only write the detailed explanation once. Once you get used to it. E. or donate unused items – it will also become less painful and tragic! Now get off your bum and go declutter something! You really can do this! Now we can get to the how-tos of cleaning your home. a new pair of shoes replaces an old pair.70 - . If the explanations seem self-explanatory – please bare with me – I am trying not to leave behind anyone who has never done even the simplest of household tasks.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Don’t buy anything to add to your home unless you plan to get rid of something else.
How you make your beds is up to you. You can make them a little more formal by pulling up the linens and tucking under the pillows. like I do. just pull everything up and arrange the pillows neatly at the head of the bed. After cleaning the sink. folding them to the bottom of the bed to make getting into bed easier in the evening. . but completing this task first thing in the morning deters me (or anyone else) from climbing back in for just a little more sleep. give the bowl one last scrub. flush. Leave the brush inside the bowl and let everything sit while you go clean the sink. Start with the seat down and wipe each side of each surface until the entire seat is raised. Not only that. and flush again. THROW AWAY the wipe! Use another wipe to clean the outer sides of the bowl. If you have quilts that you love. Clean toilets – There is no dignified way of doing this! But it is possible to make it quick and painless if you do it daily. THROW AWAY the wipe! Now sprinkle the bowl with a little scouring powder and scrub.71 - . Afghans or throws should be neatly folded and placed along the foot of the bed or on a side chair (if you have one). You can simply straighten the linens.TERRI WYATT The Daily List Make Beds – Nothing makes me smile more after a busy day than to walk into my bedroom and see a well-made bed. rinse the brush in the bowl. Simply wipe the tank (the back part of the toilet) and seat using diaper wipes. This task shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes for each bed.
Tidy Living Areas – This one’s easy –just walk through the home picking up anything you find that is out of place – and put it away. Use window cleaner to polish the faucets and any other metal surfaces in the bathroom. If you’re worried about how much money you’re wasting on can liners – you can get them at the dollar store. spray down the entire countertop and sink. So what if they aren’t as thick as more expensive brands. Wipe clean.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Wipe Bathroom Sinks and Countertops – Using the all-purpose cleaner of your choice. The entire bathroom (including the toilet) should take you less than 5 minutes. It only takes a few minutes to restore order to these rooms. You can get 5 times the bags for the same price – and if you take out your trash on a regular basis you really shouldn’t need thick bags! Sort Laundry and Wash Full Loads – Don’t let your laundry pile up around your ears! If you sort your family’s laundry every day it’s really easy to just throw in a load whenever there is one. DON’T set a specific day for doing laundry! Do it when it needs done – and that is now. Bring all dishes to the kitchen. newspapers. Straighten any books. Take out the trash – Simple right? Did you remember to take out the trash in the bathroom? How about in the laundry room? Any room there is a wastebasket – make sure it’s empty. or magazines left on tables. Put away any toys left out. Keep Kitchen Tidy – ALL DAY! – If you use a dishwasher – load the dishes throughout the day and start it when it gets full (at least .72 - .
The problem is that prepackaged foods are almost never as nutritious as what you can make from scratch – and have you ever looked up the nutritional values of that take-out you’re feeding your kids? You should! Even if you have no cooking skills whatsoever.TERRI WYATT once a day). This means doing dishes after every meal. If you prefer not to use a dishwasher – or if you don’t have one – wash the dishes when they are used. I’ll just bet your family will rave over a grilled fish dinner with steamed vegetables! It takes 11 minutes per 1-inch of thickness to grill fish on a medium heat & vegetables are available in the freezer section of your grocery store that steams in the microwave! You can microwave sweet potatoes if you poke a few holes in the skin – 4 small ones take about 12-15 minutes. So under 20 minutes – less time than it takes to get your family in the car – you have a homemade meal which is not only better for you. it’s always tempting to whip up something convenient or to order take-out. (Use allpurpose cleaner for stubborn areas. the refrigerator door. Don’t let them stack up! There is nothing more embarrassing than to have someone drop by unexpectedly when you have dishes cluttering up your otherwise clean kitchen – not to mention how unhealthy it is! After washing up – wipe down the counters.) Do this and your kitchen will stay clean! Make Nutritious Meals for Yourself & your Family – In a world of fast food and health problems.73 - . as well as after each snack. but will also have your family wondering how you did . the handles on the refrigerator and oven. and the stovetop.
utility room. Don’t know where to begin? Stand at your front door as if you just walked into your home and look around. If you need any other medications – take them too! Many people feel under the weather needlessly just because they forgot this simple step to better health. Start wherever you see any signs of clutter.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS it! And just think of all that money you saved! A meal like this in a restaurant would cost you at least $15 a plate – more than the entire meal for a family of four if made at home! Spend 30-minutes Decluttering – Whether it’s cleaning out that junk drawer.and take them. Stop after finishing the required 30 minutes decluttering. follow along with a DVD. bedrooms. and quit for the day. a closet. the bookshelves. or just getting rid of clutter – spend at least 30 minutes doing just that. Continue this process throughout the living areas and kitchen before moving on to the bathrooms. Walk. and basement or attic. You can pick up where you left off tomorrow. Aren’t you worth it? I know you are! Spend 15-20 minutes doing anything active to start with. Spend 30-minutes a day and you will see improvement in no time! Take Vitamins! – This sounds simple – and it is! Talk to your doctor for the vitamin(s) best for you .74 - . go to the gym. put away the things you have taken out during this process. Every Day. Don’t be one of them! Exercise – There is plenty of research that shows spending a few minutes a day exercising can improve your health. or just . Leave the garage for last.
Use lamps with low wattage light bulbs to light the way if needed (especially on the stairs!).75 - . Any Appointments? – Check your schedule to make sure you know where you have to be tomorrow – and when. Whatever you do – do it consistently and HAVE FUN! Turn Off the Lights & TV Before Locking up at Night – The simple act of making sure all the lights are turned off at night reduced my family’s electric bill more than $20 a month! Make sure that pathways are clear so nobody can trip during the night. Since the remaining two sections of this list are repeated on the other lists – and because that is how the Five-Week Program is set up – I give the rest of the details under the following headings. Double-check and make sure all the doors and windows are locked before going to bed.TERRI WYATT have a fun playing ball with your kids. This concludes the “Bare Minimum” portion of the daily list. .
If it’s really stuck on there. you can loosen it up by heating a bowl with equal parts water and vinegar (or 1 cup water & 2tablespoons lemon juice) for about 2 minutes – or until hot. Leave this mixture in the microwave – WITHOUT OPENING THE DOOR – for a couple of minutes before wiping it clean. Never use harsh cleansers on or in the microwave to prevent damage.76 - . just don’t keep letting those dust bunnies multiply! Mop Floors – Nothing beats a good old-fashioned mop and bucket for this job. Discard anything outdated along with any other items that are past their prime. Discard Expired Foods – Go through the refrigerator and take a look at the expiration dates.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS The Weekly List Vacuum/Sweep Floors – Give the floors a good once over with the tool of your choice. I really like to use a cordless stick vacuum for my bare floors on a daily basis – but once a week I pull out the old broom and really get into those corners! Whatever you use. Whatever you use – make sure it’s safe for your kids and pets to walk on when you’re done! Clean Microwave – Just wipe it down inside and out when you finish doing the dishes. I use steaming hot water alone if the floors aren’t very dirty to keep down the amount of chemicals I use. Look way in the back and behind other items – remove everything if need be – make sure everything in that refrigerator is safe to eat! .
The only thing I will add here is to wipe the floor around the toilets with a diaper wipe. If you have hard water stains or calcium buildup – heat white vinegar until boiling and pour directly on them. Bathtubs. and Sinks – Detailed explanations for cleaning the toilets and sinks can be found under the heading The Daily List. You don’t want to know what kind of pathogens can be living and breading there – just get rid of them! Clean Toilets. This trick also works for opening slow drains! If your showerhead is also clogged with this buildup.TERRI WYATT Clean Indoor Trash Cans – Use all-purpose cleaner to spray and wipe out every trash can in your home (don’t forget the outsides).77 - . Clean your showers and bathtubs with all-purpose cleaner and rinse well. Since the remaining two sections of this list are repeated on the other lists – and because that is how the Five-Week Program is set up – I give the rest of the details under the following headings.) Don’t forget to wash the walls in these areas. . Showers. (Any residue on the floors can be slippery. you can soak it in a large bowl submerged in hot vinegar. This concludes the “Bare Minimum” portion of the weekly list.
A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS The Monthly List Clean Under the Stovetop – Remove all burners and drip pans from the stovetop. Release the door on the bottom by pushing in the direction of the arrow and opening at the same time. moist cloth.) Spray with homemade all-purpose cleaner or very hot water end let it set for a few minutes. (On older stoves you might need to raise the supports manually. Wipe the outside surfaces with a clean.78 - . Remove drawers and clean under them. or if really smelly – pour a gallon of household bleach over the inside surfaces and . checking dates as you go. Wipe Inside of Fridge – Remove the contents of the refrigerator one shelf at a time. Wipe off jars and containers as you replace them. Rinse Outdoor Trash Cans – Do this the day of trash removal – after the cans are empty. Wipe clean with a cloth and hot water. Wipe seals and doorjambs. If heavily soiled. If done on a routine basis it will be a snap! Clean Toaster – Unplug before beginning to clean any electrical appliance. Wipe all surfaces of the refrigerator. Hold toaster upright over a trashcan. Repeat as much as needed to remove all debris. If heavily soiled you can spray the cloth with your all-purpose cleaner – just remember to rinse afterwards. Raise the stovetop by grabbing the front rim (just above the oven door) and lift until supports snap into place. Dust out the crumbs using a damp cloth if needed.
Ninety percent of them contained good old-fashioned rubbing alcohol.) Otherwise just spray down with your all-purpose cleaner. This water can be used to water your household plants. If you have a spare room the linens should be changed every month. Rinse well with a garden hose. Dust everything! Rinse the cloth in the bucket and wring it dry as you go. That’s it! So save some money by getting a bottle from the pharmacy to keep with your cleaning supplies. Dust – Most methods of dusting just move the dirt from one area and deposit it in another.79 - . A simple way to prevent this – and keep you from having a sneezing fit – is to use a micro fiber cloth and a bucket of clean water. Change and Launder Sheets and Pillowcases – This really should be done more often than once a month. (This allows the chlorine to dissipate.TERRI WYATT soak for a couple of hours. but I included it here. Use this same method for . Replace the water as often as needed. Vacuum Stairs – Take the time to get deep in the corners and to dust the baseboards. Wipe Electronic Screens and Keyboards – I spent a lot of money on specialty cleaners for these items before I took the time to read what was in them. Moisten the cloth in the bucket and wring out as much water as you can. Barely moisten a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe the screens clean.
mirrors. . Use your own judgment. including the undersides of the furnishings in your home. Let everything dry before using.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS cleaning keyboards. Remove cushions and vacuum them as well. Discard Old Magazines and Newspapers – Go through your piles and recycle your outdated papers and magazines. wash them in cold-water on a delicate cycle and lay flat to dry. This concludes the “Bare Minimum” portion of the monthly list. If you have throw pillows with washable covers. Simple right? Wait until you see the muscles this chore takes! Fluff and Rotate Furniture Cushions – Your furniture will thank you for doing this by staying better looking and more comfortable for years longer than if you didn’t! Simply fluff up the cushions and flip them over. My rule of thumb is newspapers go after a week – and magazines after a month. being especially careful not to use much liquid.80 Clean all your .Walk through your home with a soft cloth in one hand and window cleaner in the other. Vacuum Furniture & Under Cushions – Vacuum all surfaces. Since the remaining two sections of this list are repeated on the seasonal list – and because that is how the Five-Week Program is set up – I give the rest of the details under the next heading. but don’t let them pile up! Pay Bills – Just do it! Wipe Mirrors .
clean all the windows and glass paned doors in your home. wipe it clean with one cloth. I figure it will just heat the house up and cost a fortune . rinse. Clean Oven – I have never used the “Self-Cleaning” feature on my oven. Scrub with a soft brush. just change it out. Vacuuming the vents cuts down on the dust spread throughout the home – thereby reducing the amount you need to clean. USE THE PROPER SIZE FILTER FOR YOUR FURNACE! Wash Stove Ventilation Filter – If you have a replaceable filter. Vacuum Vents – If your vacuum has attachments use the dusting head – you can also use a hand-held vacuum.TERRI WYATT The Seasonal List Dust the Tops and Spines of Books and Shelves – Remove all the books from your bookcases one shelf at a time. and replace. remove the filter and soak it in a sink of very hot soapy water for at least 15 minutes. Otherwise. dusting with a dry cloth as you go.81 Dust all surfaces of your bookcases. Replace books. and then dry it with another dry cloth. Clean Windows and Glass Doors – Using window cleaner and a soft cloth. Using this method I don’t get streaks. but also prolongs the life of your furnace! There should be a little door you can open that will reveal the filter. Change Furnace Filter – This is an easy task that not only saves you money. . I spray the window.
If there are any stubborn areas I use a non-abrasive scrub pad. “Without haste.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS to run for the three hours it takes! Instead I just spray the surfaces with my homemade all-purpose cleaner.82 - . you can use your judgment as to how to go about doing them. let it set.” JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOTHE (1749-1832) . but without rest. This concludes the “Bare Minimum” portion of the seasonal list. and rinse well. Vacuum the other side and flip it so that the head is now at the foot. Vacuum and Turn Mattresses – Vacuum all surfaces of the mattress and turn it over. Since the rest of the list is pretty self explanatory.
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and eateth not the bread of idleness.” THE BIBLE (Proverbs 31:27) .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “She looketh well to the ways of her household.84 - .
I’m sure you will find countless gadgets . And let’s face it. but before you spend the money ask yourself a couple of questions. there are so many items made for the kitchen labled as being professional quilaty when they are clearly not. Can you spare the room it will take up? 5. Unfortunately. nor do I have the room for one in my tiny kitchen. Will it save any time compared with the way you currently do it? 3. Can you afford it? An example of this is the fact that I would love a Kitchen Aid stand mixer with all the attachments. things really aren’t made as sturdy as they were in our . 1. Is it really necessary? Can you do without it? 2.TERRI WYATT Basic Equipment you think you need.85 - T here are very few items that are necessaary to run an efficient kitchen. so I can do without. But I really don’t NEED one. Is it built to last? 4.
which brands are better. and doesn’t heat up the kitchen on hot summer days. Back then you could buy a can opener and it would last at least twenty years. there are very few essential items needed in every kitchen. uses less power than a traditional stove. a microwave comes in very handy. Small Pot (1 qt. saves time.86 - .) with tight fitting lid Large pot (2-3 qt. With so very many on the market how can you possibly know what features really work. The best ones have not only a star system.) with tight fitting lid Dutch oven (5 qt. but also include detailed written reports direct from the customer! What are the things every kitchen should have? Belive it or not.) with tight fitting lid Small frying pan (8”) .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS grandmother’s time. Stove Oven Sink Refrigerator Although not a necessity. and what companies take care of their customers in case something does go wrong? You do what I did – you shop online! Many of the online retailers have the added benefit of letting you see reviews from people who have actually purchased and used that item. I have to replace mine every three to six months! Thank heaven there’s a wonderful tool out ther to help us – the internet! This past winter I had to purchase a new microwave.
grab either end and try to twist it. purchase one with a removable insert. If if twists easily – DON’T BUY IT! It’s worth waiting a little while. and paying a little more for a pan that will last a lifetime. I prefer not to purchase non-stick pots and pans – they scratch easily when others decide to help with the cooking. When choosing your cookie sheet. 2 Spatulas 2 Cooking spoons 1 Slotted cooking spoon Tongs A good baloon wisk Can opener Colendar Wire strainer 3 Knives . get yourself a dish cover for your microwave and insist everyone use it to reduce splatter. All other aspects – size. As far as crock pots go. This little feature makes a world of a differecne when it comes time to clean it.87 - . Also. special features.TERRI WYATT Large deep frying pan (12-14”) with lid Cookie sheet Glass loaf pans 9” X 13” Heavy baking dish Crock Pot If you use a microwave extensively you might want to invest in a couple of glass covered cassarole dishes. and so forth – are a personal decision I’ll leave up to you.
You don’t want to know the bacteria that can form in the little crevice in knives with separate handles. if possible. Choose knives made of one piece of metal.88 - . knife handles are nortorous for getting loose – and that makes them dangerous. So you don’t have to spend a fortune on any of these things! . What's more. The difference between a colendar and a wire strainer is the size of the holes – and the colendar is more sturdy for straining heavier things… like potatoes.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Make sure your cooking utensils are solidly made and easily cleaned. If you buy a good set of knives to begin with – and keep them sharpened – they will last a lifetime! Good quality kitchen supplies are available almost anywhere these days.
onion. a little planning. salt.TERRI WYATT Healthy Eating the television trying to help us make better health choices for our family – usually followed by an even more convincing commercial tempting us with the biggest. W e all hear about the direct links between food and health concerns everyday. mustard. a thick slice of tomato. pickles.89 - . What would you say if I told you that these choices are easy? What would you say if I told you you can feed your family (and yourself) healthier versions of foods they love without feeling deprived I any way? All it takes is a little thought. best tasting hamburger we will ever taste… cardiologist not included. a fat free dip. I’ll give you an example. and lettuce –you’ll still have under 8 grams of fat for the entire burger! If you pass on the fries and instead pair it up with raw vegetables. and very little imagination to create the “comfort foods” we all love – with less fat. There are advertisements now on . juciest. top it with ketsup. using 96% lean ground beef and a whole wheat kiser roll. or sugar. A ¼-pound hamburger at McDonald’s has a whopping 19 grams of fat – and that’s without cheese! If you make a hamburger at home. and a fruit salad for desert – just think of the fat you will save! Besides that this meal includes at least two servings of vegetables and one serving of fruit – and can be made in less than half an hour! Let’s see McDonalds beat that? Not a big fan of red meat? Substitute grilled chicken sandwiches instead.
Try my recipe for the crust and your family wil get even more nutrition! The main thing is to improve our choices and those of our families a little each and every day. I found I like to make pizza by scratch – even though it takes more time. Doing this I can control the quality and freshness of the ingredients and all but eliminate the massive amounts of sodium and fat found in most purchased pizzas – frozen or delivery. If you slip a little and make a… we’ll just say a less than perfect choice in your meals it’s all right – so long as you make the next meal that much better. .90 - . We make homemade pizza and watch a new DVD (borrowed from the library). Theamed meals are a hit a my home! My husband’s favorite is Pizza & Movie night.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS I try to make things fun and get the entire family involved when I can.
10. Mix until melted. 3. making a little extra to the edges to form a crust. Olive Oil + a little extra for bowl 1/8 tsp. Mix in 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour. Mix in whole wheat flour. Let dough rise in warm oven until doubled in size– about 30-45 minutes. chives. vegetable juice. Turn dough out into flour and knead for about ten minutes. such as V8 2 Tbsp. Turn OFF oven. Sprinkle ½ cup all-purpose flour on clean countertop. 7. Top pizza as desired and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until bottom is golden and cheese is melted (if you use cheese) – about 30 minutes. Ground Black Pepper 3 – 3 ½ cups All Purpose Flour Pizza Toppings 1. Italian Seasoning 2 Tbsp. 9. 8. 6. pepper. (Dough should be soft) 5. Press dough into it. Roll dough in bowl to coat all sides with oil and cover with plastic wrap. Grease bottom and sides of a large cookie sheet. Pour a little oil into a clean mixing bowl. until dough is smooth and elastic. sprinkle yeast over warm water. 4. 2. Dried Chives 2 tsp. In large bowl. adding flour as needed.91 - . Active Dry Yeast 1 cup Warm Water (110-120 degrees) 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup Low-Sodium Vegetable Juce.TERRI WYATT Herbed Tomato Pizza Crust 1 Tbsp. . Preheat oven to WARM. and italian seasoning. oil.
Plan breakfasts. lunches. or worse the Shampoo & Conditioner Toothpaste. you’ll not only save on gas by running aorund less. dinners. & Toothbrushes Toilet Paper. Floss.92 - . Mouthwash. Facial Cleansers . but you’ll save even more by not being tempted to make those impulse purchases that cost so much. Bath Soap.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Shopping bread. You will not only save time. Sit down and write out HEALTHY menus for your entire family for the next week. Now take your menus to the kitchen and make a shopping list – check your recipes if you need to. coffee! Take a minute to check the rest of the house for supplies you need to pick up while you’re out such as: G rocery shopping should be limited to once a week – except for items with a short shelf life such as milk and Make sure you don’t overlook anything . If you have little ones make sure to include baby’s meals too. & Napkins Hand Soap. Lotion. Paper Towels. and you’re able to limit this single impulse purchase to once a week – you’ll save $416 a year! To limit your shopping trips to once a week you will need to do just a tiny bit of planning. but also a ton of money! How much is a ton? Well. If you’re used to treating yourself to a $2 cup of coffee everyday. snacks.such as cream or sugar for your morning coffe. desserts and drinks.
other things… not so much.93 - . By selecting from the top and bottom shelves you are able to find the same items more reasonably priced.TERRI WYATT Dish/Dishwasher & Laundry Detergents Bleach & Household Cleaners Let’s go shopping! Stick to your list – don’t be tempted to add anything to it! You can save money by avoiding the items placed on the “end-caps” (the shelves at the ends of the isles) as well as the items stacked in the main thoroughfare. . switch back the next time you go shopping. Remember to shop “High & Low” – marketing professionals pay big money to get their higher profit items placed at eye level. I found quite a few things I like better in the store brand. To save even more money give the store brand a try – just once – if you find you don’t like it as much as the name brand. passing that cost on to their customers.
) 2. Allow enough time – nothing will sap the joy out of cooking faster than everyone screaming they’re hungry. Plan ahead – make a weekly menu and stock your kitchen with everything you need to prepare those meals. 3. Sure the recipe requires 30 minutes to cook. prepared with loving hands each and every day of the year? You can! There are only a few things you need to change in order to make cooking a joy. Change the way you approach it – instead of dreading it. and less work. plan on enjoying it! (I like to listen to an audiobook on my MP3 player while I cook. but how long does it take to prepare? (see step 3) . Make sure you completely understand each step. who wants to work for an hour or more in a hot kitchen .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Cooking when the product of your labor will be gone in less than half that time? Not anymore! What could be better than to be able to treat yourself (and you family) to restaurant quality food.94 If you don’t understand something. look it up on the internet – there are videos I love to cook! I didn’t always. even making yogurt! 4. I used to hate it. Once these changes are made mealtimes will be less stressful. Read the recipe – Read through the entire recipe ahead of time. Let’s face it. more organized. 1. for almost everything now.
Clean your prep area and pans before serving the meal and you will save that much work after the meal is done. cooking is as simple as you make it – or as difficult. you will progress to more complicated meals in no time! Some easy ones to start with are: Roast chicken Grilled salmon (or any other fish) Baked potatoes Stuffed bell peppers Beef stew Corned beef and cabbage Beef strogonoff Chicken alfredo Soups Homemade bread Cookies Crock-pot meals .TERRI WYATT 5. “Mom. Set a spicific time for meals to stop that age old question. If you start out with the basics. 6. when are we going to eat?” Wheather you are just beginning.95 - . Clean as you go – take a few minutes to wash that mixing bowl while dinner is baking. or are as well-seasoned as a twenty year old iron skillet.
time. you’ll only be asking for trouble. . I try everything once as the recipe is written. and then adjust the seasoning if needed the next time. Cook at the proper temperature… never try to speed things up by increasing it. Temperature. Cook for the amount of time indicated in the recipe. don’t forget to taste as you go. make notes in my cookbook.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS The most important things to remember about cooking are the three t’s. as well as before serving. your taste buds might prefer less or more spice. And finally.96 - . and taste. Recipes are made with the masses in mind.
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though the body starve – Who works for glory misses oft the goal.” KENYON COX (1856-1919) . or carve The thing thou lovest. Work for the work’s sake.98 - .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “Work thou for pleasure – paint. and it may be That these things shall be added unto thee. then. or sing. Who works for money coins his very soul.
The really neat thing about this habit is – it’s contagious! It might take a few months for you . This maintains order as well as prevents illness. or whatever day you choose for rest. Based on the state your home is currently in – and how proficient you are at the tasks – you can decide how much work to begin with.) This will serve you in the future when you don’t have much time – or if you are feeling under the weather. One very important thing you need to get in the habit of . If you put things in their proper place.99 - C ertain things must be done daily. Don’t – I repeat – Don’t put anything down thinking that you will finish it later. If you take something out. put it back immediately after you are done with it. (Use this section alone on Sundays. Period.TERRI WYATT into sections. I separated each checklist . you won’t have to tidy up after yourself all day long (and you’ll know where things are when you need them again). Make sure you start by completing the Bare Minimum section at the very least.is to pick up after yourself. Whatever took your attention away from it will probably take longer than you thought and you’ll just end up leaving it out all day (or perhaps longer).
It doesn’t have to be perfect. don’t be ashamed! Just increase your tasks as much as possible and work your way up from there. only better than when you began that day. Whatever you do.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS to notice any changes. . At that moment you should feel darned proud of your home – and yourself! Reward yourself by inviting someone special over for a cup of tea or treat yourself to a picnic. Especially if you have little ones running around the house – you’d be amazed how much they love to imitate you! Remember. If this is still too much for you. don’t stop making progress! Along with items done on a daily basis. most of the items on this list will be done in your daily routine but to begin with just make sure that the “Bare Minimum” section gets done. you should be able to increase your tasks to the Almost There section. In time. I broke these task lists up into the same section titles as the daily list. it takes 28 days of repetition to make a task a habit.100 - . You can always do more – but never let your home go to pot by doing any less. After getting through the first month. Anything you do will improve your home. but you will. In time you’ll be able to work your way into the Home Sweet Home section. other things are equally important but only need to be done every so often.
You will notice by the end of the first month that you can breeze through the Bare Minimum section of the daily list in no time flat! In the Five-Month Plan for Getting It All Together. If that doesn’t convince you .5 hours spent on each goal by the end of this fivemonth program. This is a plan to get you in the habit of exercising your heart – which increases your ability to keep going through your day – and has the added side effect of making you more healthy at the same time. At first this will take a little more time as you constantly refer back to the lists – but doing them in the same order day-after-day will make them second nature to you.TERRI WYATT A Five-Month Plan for Getting It All Together as well as your homemaking skills.101 - . A t the end of this section there are special checklists – one for each month – designed to gradually build yourself up. if you spend a minimum of 15 minutes everyday marked for working on your goals – in a month’s time you will have spent three and a half hours on each one. there are two sections marked goal #1 and goal #2 on each month. This reminds you to spend a little time following up on goals you set for yourself. I dedicated a section of each month entirely to exercise. Spending 15-20 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot of time. Try doing each item in the order listed. That’s 17. But. This IS NOT a plan to loose weight. Imagine what you could accomplish in that amount of time! In addition to your goals.
Once this becomes easy for you – it’s time to raise the bar. Also. playing tag with your kids. try to get your exercise in at least two hours before going to bed. the more energy you have.102 - . Don’t worry if this takes a couple of months or longer. One of my favorite excuses when I was just starting to exercise was. Who wouldn’t be willing to spend 20 minutes doing something to make them happier? It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you choose to do – walking. It’s like going green for your body – only instead of solar energy you have what I call exer-energy! Try it – what have you got to loose? If you stick to the plan your body will reward you! .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS – how about the fact that exercising releases the “happy” chemicals in the brain that lightens the mood of the person exercising after 20 minutes of aerobic activity. “I just don’t have enough energy to do it!” That’s the funny thing about exercising – the more energy you expend doing it. going to the gym. or following a routine on DVD – just so long as you get your heart pumping for at least 20 minutes. If you’re just starting out – like I was – use a VERY beginners level at first (after getting the OK from your doctor if you have any health issues). Getting the blood circulating causes a wide awake feeling that can cause you to loose sleep if done too close to bedtime. Make sure you exercise more than an hour before eating a meal or two hours after to prevent cramping.
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bathtubs. showers. and sinks Do another item on the Weekly List Home Sweet Home Mop Floors Area Dust Discard Old Magazines & Newspapers Wipe mirrors Vacuum stairs Fluff pillows and comforters Do a third item on the Weekly List Spend 20 minutes relaxing before going to bed .ALL DAY! Make Nutritious Meals for Yourself & Your Family Spend 30 Minutes Decluttering Do at Least One Item on Weekly List Take Vitamins Exercise Turn Off Lights & TV Before Locking up at Night Any Appointments? MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN Almost There Vacuum/Sweep Floors Clean Microwave Clean toilets.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS The Daily List The Bare Minimum Make Beds Swish Toilets Wipe Bathroom Sinks & Countertops Tidy Living Areas Take Out Trash Sort Laundry & Wash Full Loads Keep Kitchen Tidy .104 - .
showers.105 - . and sinks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Almost There Clean Under Stovetop Clean Toaster Wipe Inside of Fridge Rinse Outdoor Trash Cans Dust Wipe Electronic Screens & Keyboards Discard Old Magazines & Newspapers Wipe mirrors Vacuum stairs Change and launder sheets and pillowcases Fluff pillows and comforters Home Sweet Home Fluff & Rotate Furniture Cushions Vacuum Furniture & Under Cushions Pay Bills Dust the tops and spines of books & shelves Clean windows and glass doors Vacuum vents Wipe Switch plates . bathtubs.TERRI WYATT The Weekly List The Bare Minimum Vacuum/Sweep Floors Mop Floors Clean Microwave Discard Expired Foods Clean Indoor Trash Cans (Inside & Outside) Clean toilets.
Pillow Covers & Mattress Pads Clean Medicine Cabinet & Discard Expired Items Clean Out Closets Wash Curtains Vacuum Moldings & Windowsills Dust Ceiling Fans Wipe Interior and Exterior Doors and Trim Wipe Switch plates & Walls Wipe Telephones Vacuum & Turn Mattresses Wipe Baseboards and moldings .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS The Monthly List The Bare Minimum Clean Under Stovetop Clean Toaster Wipe Inside of Fridge Rinse Outdoor Trash Cans Dust Vacuum stairs Change and launder sheets and pillowcases Wipe Electronic Screens & Keyboards Fluff & Rotate Furniture Cushions Vacuum Furniture & Under Cushions Discard Old Magazines & Newspapers Pay Bills Wipe mirrors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Almost There Dust the tops and spines of books & shelves Clean windows and glass doors Vacuum vents Wash stove ventilation hood filters Clean Oven Home Sweet Home Chang Furnace Filter Discard food in freezer that's past its prime Wash Bedding.106 - .
TERRI WYATT The Seasonal List The Bare Minimum Dust the tops and spines of books & shelves Clean windows and glass doors Vacuum vents Chang Furnace Filter Wash stove ventilation hood filters Clean Oven Vacuum & Turn Mattresses 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Almost There Discard food in freezer that's past its prime Wash Bedding.107 - . Pillow Covers & Mattress Pads Clean Medicine Cabinet & Discard Expired Items Clean Out Closets Wash Curtains Vacuum Moldings & Windowsills Dust Ceiling Fans Wipe Interior and Exterior Doors and Trim Wipe Switch plates & Walls Wipe Telephones Wipe Baseboards and moldings Home Sweet Home Remove Contents of Cabinets & Clean Line Cabinets with / or Change Shelf Liner .
. Page ____ Pay Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108 - . . . . .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Time Log Date: Time How Time Was Used Hourly Rate = $ How Long? X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ X $ . . = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = of ____ Cost . . . . . . . .
109 - .TERRI WYATT Plan of Action The Goal What Will I get Out of Reaching This Goal? Time Frame Obstacles Solutions POA Progress to Date .
Tuesday Day 10 .Sunday Week 2 Day 8 .Monday Day 16 .Thursday Day 12 .Thursday Day 19 .Saturday Day 28 .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Five-Month Program (First Month) Exercise Goal #1 Week 1 Day 1 .Saturday Day 7 .Wednesday Day 25 .Sunday Week 4 Day 22 .Tuesday Day 17 .Tuesday Day 3 .Friday Day 13 .Wednesday Day 11 .Thursday Day 5 .Monday Day 2 .Monday Day 9 .Friday Day 20 .Tuesday Day 24 .Sunday Week 3 Day 15 .Sunday Monthly Bare Minimum Seasonal Do 5 Items on the list 1 2 Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----- --YES! --YES! --YES! --YES! --YES! --YES! ----YES! YES! --YES! YES! ----YES! YES! --YES! YES! ----- 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min 3 4 5 .110 - Goal #2 Weekly Daily .Monday Day 23 .Wednesday Day 4 .Friday Day 27 .Friday Day 6 .Wednesday Day 18 .Thursday Day 26 .Saturday Day 21 .Saturday Day 14 .
Sunday Monthly Bare Minimum Seasonal Do 5 Items on the list 1 2 Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Almost Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----- YES! YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! YES! --YES! YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! YES! --- 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --- 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --- 3 4 5 .Saturday Day 28 .Thursday Day 12 .Thursday Day 19 .Sunday Week 4 Day 22 .Friday Day 20 .Tuesday Day 24 .Friday Day 27 .Wednesday Day 25 .Monday Day 2 .Tuesday Day 3 .Tuesday Day 10 .Wednesday Day 11 .Wednesday Day 18 .TERRI WYATT Five-Month Program (Second Month) Exercise Goal #1 Week 1 Day 1 .111 - Goal #2 Weekly Daily .Saturday Day 21 .Thursday Day 5 .Saturday Day 7 .Wednesday Day 4 .Monday Day 23 .Thursday Day 26 .Sunday Week 3 Day 15 .Sunday Week 2 Day 8 .Friday Day 6 .Monday Day 9 .Saturday Day 14 .Monday Day 16 .Friday Day 13 .Tuesday Day 17 .
Thursday Day 26 .Sunday Week 4 Day 22 .Thursday Day 19 .Monday Day 2 .Wednesday Day 18 .Wednesday Day 4 .Sunday Monthly Almost There Seasonal Do 5 Items on the list 1 2 Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----- 30 Min 30 Min 40 Min --30 Min 40 Min --40 Min 40 Min --40 Min 30 Min 40 Min --40 Min 40 Min 30 Min --40 Min 40 Min --40 Min 40 Min --40 Min 40 Min 40 Min --- 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --- 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --- 3 4 5 .Thursday Day 5 .Monday Day 16 .Sunday Week 3 Day 15 .Wednesday Day 25 .Monday Day 9 .Saturday Day 14 .Saturday Day 7 .Monday Day 23 .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Five-Month Program (Third Month) Exercise Goal #1 Week 1 Day 1 .Friday Day 6 .Wednesday Day 11 .Saturday Day 28 .Thursday Day 12 .Friday Day 20 .Friday Day 13 .Tuesday Day 24 .Friday Day 27 .112 - Goal #2 Weekly Daily .Saturday Day 21 .Tuesday Day 10 .Tuesday Day 3 .Sunday Week 2 Day 8 .Tuesday Day 17 .
Friday Day 13 .TERRI WYATT Five-Month Program (Fourth Month) Exercise Goal #1 Week 1 Day 1 .Wednesday Day 25 .Thursday Day 19 .Thursday Day 26 .Friday Day 27 .Tuesday Day 10 .Sunday Week 2 Day 8 .Sunday Monthly Almost There Seasonal Do 5 Items on the list 1 2 Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----- YES! YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! YES! --YES! YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! YES! --- 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --- 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --- 3 4 5 .Wednesday Day 4 .Monday Day 9 .Friday Day 6 .Sunday Week 3 Day 15 .Friday Day 20 .Monday Day 16 .Monday Day 23 .Saturday Day 14 .Tuesday Day 17 .Tuesday Day 3 .Saturday Day 7 .Saturday Day 28 .Sunday Week 4 Day 22 .113 - Goal #2 Weekly Daily .Monday Day 2 .Wednesday Day 18 .Saturday Day 21 .Wednesday Day 11 .Tuesday Day 24 .Thursday Day 5 .Thursday Day 12 .
Friday Day 27 .Saturday Day 7 .Sunday Week 4 Day 22 .Tuesday Day 17 .Sunday Week 3 Day 15 .Tuesday Day 3 .Sunday Week 2 Day 8 .Monday Day 2 .Friday Day 13 .Saturday Day 21 .Thursday Day 19 .Friday Day 6 .114 - Goal #2 Weekly Daily .Sunday Monthly Home Sweet Home Seasonal Do 5 Items on the list 1 2 Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Minimum Kitchen Almost Sweet Finish ----- YES! YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! YES! --YES! YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! --YES! YES! YES! --- 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --- 15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --15 Min --- 3 4 5 .Tuesday Day 10 .Friday Day 20 .Thursday Day 5 .Saturday Day 28 .Monday Day 16 .Wednesday Day 25 .Wednesday Day 11 .Wednesday Day 4 .Thursday Day 26 .Monday Day 23 .Wednesday Day 18 .Monday Day 9 .Thursday Day 12 .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Five-Month Program (Fifth Month) Exercise Goal #1 Week 1 Day 1 .Saturday Day 14 .Tuesday Day 24 .
$ % Includes allowances and misc.115 - . homeowner's/renter's.TERRI WYATT Current Budget (Our current financial world) Step 1: Figure Net Income Line 1: $ Enter MONTHLY gross income for the entire household (this is the income before taxes or anything else is withheld) Line 2: $ Enter amount withheld from household income (includes health insurance payments. Line 4: Food $ % Includes groceries. Then figure the percentage of NET INCOME spent by dividing line 3 by that amount.all funds go into savings Line 10: Education $ % Collage fund Line 11 Recreation $ % Plan a trip or vacation and save for it! Line 12: Misc. auto maintenance.but not auto payments Line 6: Installments $ % Includes insurance payments (auto. $ % This is the total amount your family is currently spending! . This is the NET INCOME for the household Step 2: Divide It Up Enter the amounts your family ACTUALLY SPENDS on the following categories. disability) as well as credit cards. gasoline . school lunches Line 5: Transportation & Housing $ % Includes rent/mortgage. and all other monthly payments Line 7: Line 8: Clothing Contributions $ $ % % Includes charitable donations and church obligations Line 9: Emergency Fund/Savings $ % After 3 months income is saved for emergencies . spending Add lines 4 through 12 and enter here. dining out. social security and retirement funds) Line 3: $ Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter that amount here. auto payments. taxes. utilities. life.
life. $ This amount should be the same as line 3 . school lunches Line 5: Transportation & Housing 28% $ Includes rent/mortgage.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Proposed Budget (Our perfect financial world) Step 1: Figure Net Income Line 1: $ Enter MONTHLY gross income for the entire household (this is the income before taxes or anything else is withheld) Line 2: $ Enter amount withheld from household income (includes health insurance payments. and all other monthly payments Line 7: Line 8: Clothing Contributions 10% 10% $ $ Includes charitable donations and church obligations Line 9: Emergency Fund/Savings 5% $ After 3 months income is saved in case of an emergency . This is the NET INCOME for the household Step 2: Divide It Up Use the above figure for your family NET INCOME (line 3) and enter the proper amounts in the boxes for each category based on the percentages shown.5% $ Plan a trip or vacation and save for it! Line 12: Misc.116 - . auto maintenance. spending Add lines 4 through 12 and enter here. disability) as well as credit cards.all funds go into savings Line 10: Education 2.but not auto payments Line 6: Installments 12% $ Includes insurance payments (auto. taxes. auto payments.5% $ Collage fund Line 11 Recreation 2. dining out. utilities. gasoline . social security and retirement funds) Line 3: $ Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter that amount here. homeowner's/renter's. Line 4: Food 25% $ Includes groceries. 5% $ Includes allowances and misc.
117 - . is the toil and trouble of acquiring it.” ADAM SMITH (1723 – 1790) . what everything really costs to the man who wants to acquire it.TERRI WYATT “The real price of everything.
119 - .Ways to Reduce Costs .
” WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERY (1811-1863) . to make a great show with very little means.120 - .people can manage. for a time at least. .A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS “By economy and good management. .by a sparing use of ready money and by paying scarcely anybody.
like Sam’s Club. you can usually get them a lot cheaper than buying them retail. and a plastic clothesline from the local dollar store the entire project cost just under fifty dollars – the same . If you belong to a warehouse store. they will become second nature to you.TERRI WYATT simple. and after a while. Using pressure treated lumber & galvanized hardware. Installing the clothesline wasn’t as difficult as I would have thought. Not only do they save on your electric bill – but also last up to five-times longer than the incandescent ones! Install a clothesline – and use it! The first month after I installed a clothesline in the backyard there was a $50 reduction in my electric bill! Of course. but then again you could save more. you may not notice as much if you don’t wash as much laundry. they are very Utilities hange any regular light bulbs you are currently using to the little florescent ones.121 - . H C ere are a few helpful tips that have served my family well – and have saved a bundle! For the most part.
A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS amount saved in the very first month.122 - . Running the hot water will bring it up the pipes so that your dishwasher won’t have to heat it as much in order to get your dishes squeaky clean without pre-soaking and rinsing. Not only will it save you on the gas that you would use going to the grocery store every other day. Always remember to plant only those foods your family will actually eat. and use a drying agent such as Jet Dry. Run the hot water in the tap before starting the dishwasher. you can save by planting a couple of tomato plants in containers. Groceries When you consider the price of tomatoes – it’s well worth it. The drying agent not only helps your dishes dry faster. but softens the water so that your whole load will resist permanent damage from hard water stains and etching. use the energy saving features such as turning off the pre-wash and heated dry cycles. P lant a garden. but . BEFORE BEGINNING – make sure the town you live in doesn’t have restrictions regarding clotheslines. Even if you live in an apartment. Make up a menu for the entire week and create a shopping list for everything you will need for that week.
in the brands you use – by all means use them. Try them – most of them really are as good as the name brand ones. Just don’t go out of your way to purchase name brand aluminum foil just because you have a coupon when the store brand is just as good and cheaper. you won’t have to worry about what to fix for dinner the next seven days! Avoid purchasing items located on store shelves if they are at eye level. If you find coupons for items that you use on a regular basis. 100% shredded wheat cereal and oatmeal are the same no matter whose name they put on it! Avoid coupons! I know this sounds silly – but it really does work. .123 - . but at least give them a try so you will know first-hand which ones you don’t like instead of just taking someone else’s word. Buy store brand products. who took someone else’s word. Besides that. Look up and down for the same type of product at a lower price. Don’t be afraid to splurge on something if the store brand doesn’t measure up. Let’s face it.TERRI WYATT you will reduce the amount of impulse buying you do.
D on’t purchase DVD’s – rent them from your local library for free! You’ll be amazed how quickly libraries get the Bring your kids (and yourself) to the library regularly.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS Other hottest new releases – often the same day of they’re released! Sure you might have to be put on a waiting list.124 - . . Most libraries have everything from computer classes. to story hour and special programs for the little ones. but think of how many movies you have purchased in the past and only watched one or two times. Not only will you save money on the novels you want to read – you will also be enriching your youngsters’ minds as well. and craft classes for teens and adults. book discussions. writing classes.
Illustrates the effects our thoughts can have on out circumstances. ISBN: 0800711424. but takes a while to put into practice. A great little book that can be read in a single evening.TERRI WYATT Bibliography (Books I Found Helpful on My Journey) Most of these books can be borrowed from your local library or through the interlibrary loan system. A great old book that is broken up into manageable chunks and lives up to its title.125 - . A must read! How To Stop Worrying and Start Living – Written by Dale Carnegie. our health. Self-Help As A Man Thinketh – Written by James Allen. and what we can achieve. Ask your librarian if you can’t locate them on the shelves. .
The Time Trap – Written by R. A great book that teaches how to set goals.. A great book to read before bed. A Roger Merril.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS First Things First – Written by Steven R Covey. it is easy to keep turning the pages. Alec Mackenzie. ISBN: 0070446504. This book is great for those of us who never had a good role .126 - . A must read! Time Management One Minute for Myself – Written by Spencer Johnson. A great book for learning how to deal more effectively with people. A must read! Total Customer Service – Written by William H.D. ISBN: 067142517X. time management. THE book on interpersonal relationships! If everyone read this book . M. Merril: ISBN: 0684802031.the world would be a much better place for all of us! It teaches how to deal with people . How to Win Friends and Influence People – Written by Dale Carnegie. Although it is targeted for those in customer service – it is invaluable for anyone. Written in a story format.without insulting them in the process. and how to make a plan so you can reach your dreams. and Rebecca R. ISBN: 0380703084. ISBN: 0060920092. Just over one hundred pages of easily read typeface. Davidow and Bro Uttal.
but still worth reading. Not as good as the one put out by Yankee magazine. Saving Money Living Well On A Shoestring – From the editors of Yankee magazine.TERRI WYATT model for effectively using our time. ISBN: 0965188949.127 - . It teaches how to look at the time you have as a natural resource that is used up continuously and teaches a better way to use that resource. 1001 Ways To Cut Your Expenses – Written by Jonathan D. I was lucky enough to find it in a thrift store a long time ago. This book is an introduction to the Franklin System.501 hints. A great book for BIG savings! Includes 1. . tips. and secrets. ISBN: 0440504953. It shows how to prioritize your daily goals and keep a more effective calendar. Time Management – Written by Richard I Winwood. and put out but the Franklin International Institute. Pond.
and improving her homemaking skills.A HANDBOOK FOR HOMEMAKERS M About the Author rs. painting. In her spare she enjoys reading. Wyatt enjoys living in Dover. .128 - . writing. Delaware with her husband and two Pomeranian puppies.
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