Homemaking: “Little House On The Prairie” Style


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!


Little House Workdays




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.


Esker Workdays



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?






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About The Author

Janelle Esker

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.


  1. Barbara | 25th Mar 15

    Love your list! I think once this wedding is over, I will be so glad to be able to implement regular chore days (now it’s sew, sew, sew every day).

    You are lucky not to have much ironing. My husband and youngest son (at St. Charles) wear a dress shirt every day — ten a week. And in the summer I iron my skirts (and sometimes blouses) because they are cotton. I wish I had one of those gorgeous laundry rooms you see on pinterest with a huge space to iron (and watch Downton reruns!). Alas, my space is in the dungeon!

    • Janelle Esker | 25th Mar 15

      Hi Barbara,
      When I iron…it is in what we lovingly refer to as “The Dungeon” the basement of our 1903 farmhouse! Maybe I can blame my lack of ironing on that 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for your great comments!

  2. Barbara | 25th Mar 15

    PS I still have my childhood copy of “Little House” — it is cherished!

    • Janelle Esker | 25th Mar 15

      Me too…the books are in delicate condition…I read from our newer edition.

  3. Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage | 25th Mar 15

    I don’t really use a system, but do things as needed. I adore the Little House Books.

    • Janelle Esker | 26th Mar 15

      Hi Laura!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am with you in adoring ALL the “Little House” books. They are great literature as well as inspiration for how to live a simple life!

  4. Janice M. Eddey | 26th Mar 15

    It made me think of all the times I read all the books to you before they were made into a TV series. Fun to think of them again.

  5. Kim S | 26th Mar 15

    I read those books early school age – my mom was often confused as I would share something that Laura or Mary did as if they were may real life friends 🙂
    As far as housework schedule, we rarely iron, but at this stage I’m doing laundry at least four days a week – we don’t have enough burp cloths to last more than two days! And not enough drying racks (or space for them) to do more than two or three loads a day.

    • Janelle Esker | 27th Mar 15

      Laura and Mary will always be my friends too 🙂 Such a good story about you and your mom! With a new baby in the house it seems like you can never catch up with laundry! We may need to ask Andrew to hook you up an outdoor cloths line…

  6. Misty | 27th Mar 15

    LOVE Little House 🙂 I have set laundry days and used to have set cleaning each day but have succombed to doing a lot on Saturday instead. It is easier with my work/homeschool schedule.

    • Janelle Esker | 28th Mar 15

      I get a lot of makeup work done on Saturday too…its hard to homeschool and keep the house clean at the same time! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  7. Brittany at Equipping Godly Women | 27th Mar 15

    I just clean every day at the same time of day and get to whatever is bothering me the most 🙂 I always start with the kitchen and living room, and then whatever part of the house needs tackled. If I was ever caught up, then I’d probably want a system, but for now this works.

    • Janelle Esker | 28th Mar 15

      Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job Brittany! Keep on going girl:)

  8. Maria Hass | 27th Mar 15

    I stopped by from the Equipping Godly Women link up. I have a list of things we need to do every day, and the kids (I homeschool) split those up and take care of that (vacuum, sweep/mop, trash, dishes, litter box). Then I can tackle the laundry, or yard work, or bathroom. It’s not much of a system, but with the kids’ help we’re not buried in dog hair. Lol

    • Janelle Esker | 28th Mar 15

      I think it is a great system Maria! I have always found it hard to keep house and homeschool 🙂

  9. Vanessa Lowrie | 22nd Dec 15

    I love the Laura Ingalls books, I have no clue how many times I’ve read them (and still read them all every few months lol. They never get old). I am a homeschooling mom of three and am working to impliment this type of schedule into my week 🙂 I rarely iron either since I try to take laundry our right after drying when they are still nice and warm. Shake them out and there’s no need to iron. I still need to figure out my weekly schedule but love the one you have.

    • Janelle Esker | 22nd Dec 15

      Hi Vanessa,
      I think homeschooling and homekeeping are hard to do together 🙂 I love your laundry tip and I hope the schedule will be a help to you! Thanks for stopping by The Peaceful Haven!

  10. Sue Bowers | 4th Dec 16

    I still have an iron and ironing board. I use it when I sew. My mom always ironed clothes. She said it gave her time to say a prayer for each person who would be wearing the garment.

    • Janelle Esker | 6th Dec 16

      That is lovely Sue…thank you so much for sharing the memory!

  11. cheap logo | 22nd Aug 17

    Well done!

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