Homemaking Classes

Organizing 101: Getting Rid of Clutter and Stress

Whether we like it or not, the condition of our home environments can have a significant impact on our mental and/or physical well-being. In this class you will learn how to:

  • Manage your home environment more effectively
  • Reduce the negative emotional impact of clutter
  • Focus on being purposefully organized rather than perfectly organized
  • Understand the “power of limits” and why beauty is such a critical element in the homemaking process
  • Realize your spaces and possessions can be resources and not burdens

Organizing 201: Kitchens, Closets and Cleaning

Practical homemakers know the importance of treating a home (and every room in it) as a tool or resource to be used wisely. In this class we will:

  • Discuss the purpose of a kitchen and how to arrange kitchen contents effectively
  • Explore different ways of organizing closet spaces
  • Get information about practical and realistic cleaning routines, tips and tools

The Two-Week/Three-Month Pantry: Prepared for Today and Tomorrow*

What if you always knew the answer to the question: “What’s for dinner?” And what if knowing what’s for dinner today helped you save time, energy and money while also building food storage for tomorrow? In this class we will:

  • Discuss the definition of a Two-Week/Three-Month pantry and how implemeting this strategy can reduce stress today and potential stress in the future
  • Walk you through the steps to develop a Two-Week/Three-Month pantry for your own family, complete with menus, recipes, inventory and pre-made shopping lists
  • Explain how to gradually obtain a Three-Month Pantry working within your current grocery budget

[*Note: There is a Two-Week/Three-Month Pantry booklet available for this class containing already developed menus, recipes, shopping lists, etc. Cost is $8/booklet. Purchase is optional]

Organizing Spaces: Perspectives and Principles

Being “organized” (or organizing a space) is a what. To truly be effective, you need to understand the why behind what you are doing. In this case, the why is almost always some form of resource management. During this presentation you will:

  • Learn how to identify what you are really trying to accomplish when you say you want to “get organized”
  • Understand entropy – the natural tendency for things to become less organized – and the role intelligence and law plays in producing order
  • Learn how to use “chunking” and a “hierarchy of values” to more quickly establish and/or identify the precise location of an item

Downsizing and Right-sizing

Just the idea of having to downsize the contents of a larger home into a smaller one (either for yourself or a loved one) can be overwhelming. The task of determining what to do with belongings collected over a lifetime can be mentally exhausting and emotionally stressful. As difficult as this process may be, however, the end result can be wonderful, if done in a systematic and  purposeful way. During this presentation we will:

  • Discuss some of the various reasons individuals or families are faced with the need to downsize
  • Identify the purpose of “right-sizing”
  • Learn what steps to take in the downsizing process that will help you (or a loved one) get the most out of the next phase of life

Your Time/Your Life: Time Management for Real People

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“Time” management is really “choice” management. Everyone receives the same 24 hours in a day, but it is what you choose to do with your time that determines the level of your effectiveness and the degree of your family’s overall happiness. During this presentation you will learn:

  • Map your current daily/weekly schedules and routines
  • Compare how much time may be needed to manage your home with how much time you actually have available
  • Take less time doing what you have to do, so you can have more time to do what you want to do

Time Management for Teenagers

“Time” management is really “choice” management. Teenagers receive the same 24 hours in a day, but it is what you choose to do with your time that determines the level of your effectiveness and the degree of your family’s overall happiness. During this presentation you will learn:

  • Map your current daily/weekly schedules and routines
  • Compare how much time may be needed to manage your home with how much time you actually have available
  • Take less time doing what you have to do, so you can have more time to do what you want to do

Making Homemade Soups and Breads

Have you ever wanted to try making your own soup or homemade breads from scratch but were too intimidated by the recipes to try? Come to this class and learn:

  • The differences between making “soup” and making “stock” and how both items can contribute to a better use of your food budget
  • How to keep yeast alive during the beginning stages of the bread-making process and the methods for kneading, shaping and baking bread successfully

(Recipes and samples provided)

ADDITIONAL CLASSES

  • Home-making for Women and Men: An Old/New Vision
  • Frugal Grocery Shopping: How to Use Your Food Budget to Pay Down Your Debt
  • How to Implement and Use Long-Term Food Storage
  • Paper Management and Filing
  • Hope-Filled Choices on Overwhelmed Days: Managing Thoughts and Actions to Deal with Stress
  • How to Teach Children Confidence and Self-reliance Through Chores
  • Teaching Your Young Child to Read (in Less Than 5 Minutes/Day)

All presentations last one hour (+ Q&A), unless otherwise noted. Includes up to 20 copies of all handouts. Class attendees may call or email with further questions at no additional charge.