It’s a New Year at Home-Ec 101

Heather says:
Last year was a year of big changes and uncertainty. Ray and I knew our feelings for each other, but as people with children and co-parents who will always be actively involved, there’s more to life changing decisions than our own feelings. We began navigating the uncertain waters of “Can we make this work for everyone?”  We can and we will. 

Last night, before ringing in the New Year with a Settlers of Catan and Just Dance marathon and more bacon than common sense allows, we had our first family meeting.

*To fully understand the effort involved, please insert the groans and eye-rolls of four sugar-addled kids*

I used to think the idea of a family meeting was silly and hokey. I was wrong. For all of 2015, Ray has been referring to the six of us as a team. I’m not used to being a team player, but he’s opened my eyes. Life is more than a struggle for self-preservation and settling for good enough, we have to give back, too. To be able to do that, we have to know who we are, our goals, and how to achieve them.

Home-Ec 101 Goals

We are a team of six, smart, capable people who can contribute to making this world better. We also have many allies on our side, in our friends, colleagues, and community. In 2016 we’re going to focus on getting our house in order. This concept applies to the literal and the figurative. Yes, we’re going to find a place for everyone’s things, but we’re also going to work on creating and sticking to a family budget, we’re going to make sure this site is more than an afterthought squeezed into late nights and early mornings, we’re going to work hard to give back to our community, and we’re going to have fun along the way.

let's get organizedHome-Ec101 will always focus on teaching life skills and in 2016 we’re going to add organization to that set. Ever since the chore chart was first posted on Home Ec in 2009, I’ve mentioned that Sunday’s chore is getting ready for the week ahead. We’re going to build on that concept and release a new series, Organizational Sunday. While it will be posted on the site every Sunday it won’t be in the regular newsletter. You’ll need to sign up for it here.  At the end of each month, as a reward for sticking through it, I’ll be randomly selecting one email address from the list and sending a gift.

January’s will be The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up and will awarded via Kindle or paperback. (But Heather, you say, that book is a completely different take on organization, why would you give that away? Because there’s more than one correct approach to the same problem.)

Every Sunday we’ll be posting a challenge for that day or week. Some of the challenges will be focused on physically organizing your home and some will be less tangible, focusing on finances, schedules, and technology.

We’re excited about 2016 and all that is to come! 


  1. Karen L on January 2, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Happy New Year, Heather! I’m looking forward to the organization series. I kinda got started of the last two days as the kids (4,6,8) and I went through (almost) all their toys and books and filled several boxes-full to donate or discard. This way there is room on the shelves for the Christmas gifts.

    • Karen L on January 2, 2016 at 4:25 am

      aack, this went through twice. Can you delete this?

  2. Bobbie on January 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I just heard of that book recently when a friend mentioned it on Facebook, praising it.

    Organization is something I seriously lack and am going to need in great grabby handfuls, if this year is going to work. It’s terrifying.

    • Heather Solos on January 2, 2016 at 11:56 am

      One of my colleagues mentioned it and it piqued my interest. We’re in very different stages in our lives, so I appreciate looking at the same issue in different ways.

  3. sarah jane on January 1, 2016 at 9:46 am

    You ‘give back’ on a regular basis with your web site. Your can-do attitude is inspiring, and your writing style is like a kitchen table talk. Wonderful Thank you.

    • Heather Solos on January 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you, Sarah.
      We’re beginning to put together the very beginnings of a plan to do something in my sister’s memory. It feels nice to have a direction for that urge.

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