Here are some books that have been recommended to me and I hope to read this year. What are some of your favorite homemaking books?
A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot
This book has been recommended to me twice this month. It looks sweet and has a good rating on goodreads the only complaint from the reviews, “too Catholic” – sounds promising.
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
This book has been on my reading list for several years. I keep hoping I’ll find it at a thrift store but haven’t had much luck, it’s also not available at our local library so I decided to just order it this year.
Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman
I still don’t feel like our family is “large” but people keep telling me I’d like this book.
An acquaintance of mine recently told me that staying at home with her children wasn’t for her anymore and she was looking for work. I replied with an, “oh, really” and wasn’t sure what else to say. I didn’t know if she wanted encouragement to keep up the good fight, to defend my own decisions or simply soothe her conscience, “yes, motherhood is hard, it’s not for everyone.” After this conversation, I fortuitously stumbled across this thoughtful article, A Fallacy of Motherhood by Laura Wood, which is worth a read. Here’s an excerpt:
” No other form of daily work is burdened with such unrealistic expectations and exalted assumptions as the work of motherhood, which is so sentimentalized in our feminist culture. The woman who does not enjoy the company of young children or finds the home lonely and unstructured compared to the workplace may be left thinking she is not meant to be a mother.”
The Ivy Lee Method for managing one’s time works. It has been more effective than waking up earlier in an effort to make more time (which left me burnt out by 9am). It works so well because it forces you to make difficult decisions before facing them, it gives you a vision, it makes you focus on a single task and it’s ridiculously simple:
THE IVY LEE METHOD
- At the end of each workday, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
- Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
- When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
- Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
- Repeat this process every working day.