Intentional Homemaking

It is often said, that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. One could also add that, in the same way, failing to take control of your life will result in life controlling you, and years will flit away as time inevitably ticks on. Often, we tell ourselves we are incredibly busy, and it’s true. We have places to be, deadlines to meet, people who are depending on us for x, y, z and the never-ending to-do lists. Welcome to adult life! It is rare that any of us meets someone who really doesn’t (Read more...)

Spring Cleaning Our Homes and Hearts

Springtime for many, is a time for rejuvenation, renewal and reflection on the beauty of nature as this gorgeous season unfolds around us. The air is filled with birdsong and fresh breezes, the weather warms and all around us budding flowers and leaves remind us of the bounties of Allah’s creation. After taking in the loveliness outside, we come back inside with a deep desire for our homes to reflect the freshness of spring, and thus a period of cleaning and decluttering ensues. Whether you love (Read more...)

Green Homemaking

For me, the term "green Muslim" has always stirred up a love-hate sort of feeling. On the one hand, it makes me feel able to identify the noble environment-conscious attitude I should be trying to adopt as a Muslim. But on the other, to say that adopting this attitude and striving to live harmoniously with nature is only for those people that see themselves as being "green" is a big disservice to the principles of our religion. When we imagine the seerah (life of the Prophet pbuh), do we think (Read more...)

10 Steps to Professionalize Your Homemaking

I recall watching a rather amusing video some months ago in which candidates were interviewed for the toughest job in the world. The “Director of Operations” was required to work 24/7, be constantly on their feet, continuously attend to, and sometimes stay up at night with their “associate”, to have wide-ranging skills for completing a multitude of tasks, to work extra on holidays, and to complete all this with a happy disposition. All this for no pay. The astonished interviewees were then (Read more...)