Thursday, July 17, 2014

Six Habits to a Happy Home

I'm such a sucker for posts/articles that tell you that in __ amount of steps you will achieve something - I'm always drawn to read them.  This article on 6 Habits to a Happier Home was one of them.  It got me thinking, what six things would I say attribute to my home being a happy one.

one:  Teamwork - This is a big one in our house.  We both work hard so that neither one of us carries more of a burden in the home than the other person.  I know this doesn't work for all families, but with JZ's schedule since he's a fireman and home a lot we share a lot of duties.  We both share laundry and cooking, he does the shopping and the bills, and where I take care of the kids (not that he doesn't help with them, of course) and clean the house.

two: Clean Kitchen and Bathrooms - The house can sometimes get a little messy living with two little ones, but the one thing that keeps me sane (for the most part) is clean bathrooms and kitchen.  I feel like all is ok and under control if they are clean even if the house is messy. 

three: Dinner as a family - We both grew up eating as a family every night and we continue to do so to this day, even though we spend most days together.  I feel like it is so important for families to sit together if they can, discuss their day, and make sure that lines of communication are always open.


four: Staying within a budget - Neither of us are BIG spenders.  Sure the UPS and FedEx guy comes here often, but usually it's things we need.  Of course we both shop for things that we want, but we are always careful to not spend more than we can afford.  This definitely brings for a happy home because there are never fights about money.


five:  Light candles - I have always loved candles!  Most times one or two are lit at home.  I love the smells they give off and I feel like they make our house feel inviting and warm.


six:  Entertain at home - This is one of my favorite things to do, even if it's just our family or really good friends.  I love sharing in conversation and laughter with our friends and I think it brings for such a happy environment in the house.



 What are your habits for a happy home?



Thoughts for Thursday

21 comments:

Sarita @ it's a girl's world said...

I love this post! It's like we're the same person.... I absolutely cannot stand a messy kitchen or bathroom, love candles, working within budget, entertaining at home and team work. The eating as a family-- tough for us though as my kids like a super early dinner :-)

caycee said...

This made me LOVE you even more!! These 6 would be mine to a T :) Maybe with exception of number 4 all shop all the time haha!!!

Kristy Mays said...

This is so true and much of what we do in our family. Thanks for sharing!

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Love these habits! Especially the teamwork and clean kitchen and bathrooms. I literally can't sleep if my kitchen is dirty. It stresses me out! And definitely dinner as a family!

<3, Pamela
sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

Pink and Fabulous said...

I like these! I definitely think we try to do most of these! We can't eat together because Josh usually gets home too late, but the kids and I usually do to balance it out. Candles are key! I light one of them a day! I totally agree with the clean kitchen and bathrooms. Everything else can look like a tornado went through, but if they're clean it is all good!

Katie Elizabeth said...

I've definitely got number 5 down pat :) Love this list -- totally agree that family sit down dinners are a necessity! Unfortunately, so are clean bathrooms and kitchens but that's no fun haha

Lizzie Simantz said...

Great tips!! I agree about family dinners too, I hope that is something we always do!

Shelby Recent Somethings said...

Oh yes - teamwork for sure is huge, and we don't even have kids yet. Glad the animals are giving us a little dose of sharing responsibilities but I know it will be much harder later on with a kiddo. Such a cute family picture of y'all! I agree about entertaining at home too; you just want to sit back and smile seeing everyone enjoying your house together. It's the little things sometimes :)

Kristen said...

fabulous list! i love the idea of dinner as a family, and think its super important!

Annie {annelliott.blogspot.com} said...

I love these habits! I'm a sucker for things like this too. Thanks for sharing! xo

MakeMeUpMia said...

I love it! Teamwork and dinner as a family are my faves. I cook and Dustin cleans the kitchen. We share all of the duties really. And my favorite part of the day is our dinner together. Just he and I at the table sharing our day, love it :)

Megan Parker said...

I love these! It's definitely the little things!

Pretty Tiny Things said...

Great family pic!

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Kisses,

Emily from PTT

Playground Prepster said...

I love your list! Now you have me thinking!

Court @ Sweet Home Alabamian said...

THIS IS A GREAT LIST! I never realized it but I totally agree with #2. #5 is VERY WISE. and #6 is something I should give more thought to!

Zelle B. said...

Love this! Eating dinner with my family (all of us) is one of the things I still love most! xo

Elizabeth {Chasin' Mason} said...

Love these! Such great tips! I think sharing duties is big in making sure to keep a happy home. If one person is doing all of the chores, then they most likely are not happy and are resentful of the other person so it's important to share.

Elizabeth {Chasin' Mason} said...

Love these! Such great tips! I think sharing duties is big in making sure to keep a happy home. If one person is doing all of the chores, then they most likely are not happy and are resentful of the other person so it's important to share.

Nina @ Flowers in my Hair said...

Love this post, girl. Such a good question to ask ourselves.

Nina @ Flowers in my Hair said...

Love this post, girl. Such a good question to ask ourselves.

Nat said...

Love all of these! I'm always dranw to those articles too. We try to do these too, with the exception of eating as a family because my husband gets home too late usually. I couldn't agree more about clean kitchen and bathrooms!