I'm often amazed to read that African Violets are considered easy houseplants. I started with one plant over 10 years ago and it took a lot of trial and error before I found success. I now have 9 and I manage to keep them all flowering most of the year. Each one will be flowerless 1 or 2 times a year for a month or so but fortunately it is rare for all to be flowerless at the same time. Even with only 9 plants I spend at least a half hour each Sunday nurturing them. Different varieties have their own little quirks but I have found a routine that works for all of them under most conditions. Mine thrive in a window facing East & they like being on this lovely shelf that my husband created - keeps them far enough away from the window to avoid touching the glass when it is too hot or too cold. I also have grow lights for the winter months because they like light 10 or 11 hours each day.
These steps may not spell success for everyone. And not everyone wants to put the time into a simple houseplant. But they have become a hobby for me and I enjoy taking care of them. I have them in the kitchen where I spend a lot of time and the violets make me happy.