I have so many fond memories of my Mom reading to my sister and me from the “Little House Series“ written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My sister and I would have hours of fun reenacting the stories from these highly relatable and practical books! We would pretend my sister’s double bed was the covered wagon and we would sit on the end of the bed holding the reigns of our imaginary horses. I feel so blessed to have these rich childhood memories! Those memories brought back so many homemaking tips that I learned from this treasured series.
Still, to this day I will read through the entire Little House Series every year. When my children were young I would read it aloud but now, as most of my children are adults I still read through. The reading brings me much peace and pleasure as I recall, that is often the simple things of life that matter most. I have to confess that I am still captured by the lives of Laura, Mary, Carrie, Grace and Ma and Pa. I have learned so much from these characters that I feel as if we are close friends. A good book can do that to a person.
As a wife and mother and as my role as a homemaker I have gleaned much wisdom from these books! The most important thing that I have learned is to keep things simple!
Homemaking Little House on the Prairie Style is simple!
I have modeled my own housekeeping schedule off Ma’s work-a-day homemaking plan. It is simple and effective. Although, it does not take into account the daily tasks it covers the basics and achieves those necessities of life to make a house run well.
Now, there are two things on Ma’s list that I don’t do as a homemaker…I rarely iron (I am thankful that is one homemaking chore I don’t have to do regularly) and I don’t churn my own butter. So, I made adaptations that successfully help me accomplish the day to day running of my home.
My schedule is not so different than Ma’s but I have substituted another wash day and a gardening day. These reflect the chores in my home that need to be accomplished on a weekly basis. You may have different things that need your attention, feel free to plug in the tasks that need to take place in your home. There are so many cleaning schedules available to us on the internet or through various blogs and books that it can sometimes be overwhelming! I have tried many and have always come back to this simple list. Simple is always better in my opinion.
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What weekly chores are on your homemaking list and what “system” do you use?
Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.