This month Courtney at WomenLivingWell is doing a month of encouraging women to make their homes a haven. Now is a great time to focus on this: kids are back at school and its fall, a beautiful time of year!

This week’s  post is about what I am doing to make my home more “homey” and about what I still need to do to make it more of a haven for my family.  Courtney asked us to get a large candle and light it every day. The candle not only creates a sense of warmth and coziness but serves as a reminder to us to be mindful to pray for our families and our homes every day!

What I’m doing.

  • I found I had two beautiful multicolored candles (in fall colors) waiting to be used {I had forgotten about them}. I put them out on the stove top and light one every day. I do enjoy candles but since having kids I don’t use them very often anymore. I also like electric tart warmers and I have a lovely Scentsy one I can use as well. I’ve heard or read that the more senses a person uses the better he/she remembers things.  I hope my children retain fond memories of home through the things they see, feel and smell as a result of living in “our” home.
  • A little while back I got the “If-Then” chart from Doorposts.com to help train up our kids “in the way they should go”.  Its a discipline chart. I got the large one, had my son color the little pictures on it, I highlighted the verses, and today I just had a “meeting” with my boys about the problem areas and what would be the consequences of their actions should they choose to disobey. Now my husband and I have to be diligent to stay consistent. If we aren’t, its like “reverse psychology” I guess.  What we will be teaching them is that its acceptable to disobey till the count of 3 or whatever.  They will become this kind of adult later in life as well.  And thats not true obedience.

What still needs done.

  • I need to do a purge of unnecessary toys, stuffed animals, and paper crafts. One of my boys’ favorite pasttimes is to draw pictures and my youngest especially likes to cut them out. I struggle to throw stuff out right away because some or most of it is so cute and I want to save some. We go through paper at an alarming rate at times!  I generally will keep some and put the rest into the recycling stack (when the boys’ aren’t aware). For the cute cut-outs, I will have Jack glue them into a book or something so we can save them that way.
  • I need to do go through some boxes and other clutter of my own. Get out my winter clothes/put away my summer clothes and find a new home for the unneeded items. I think I will host another clothing swap at my house for this.

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*I’m also linking this post to MomsTheWord: “Make your home sing Mondays” and WorksForMeWednesdays.

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Tracy Zdelar

Owner/Editor at Hall of Fame Moms
Tracy writes about homeschooling and just about anything related to family life in Ohio. Strong honest views will surface from time to time on topics related to truth, faith and freedom.