What Is Homemaking?

What Is Homemaking?

Homemaking is creation and management of a home, especially the day to day operations, and also managing other domestic concerns. The person in charge homemaking, especially if they are not employed outside of the home, is known as a homemaker (or housewife or househusband).  As homemakers, we all strive to create an environment that is a pleasant place to live.


 Homemaking is an ART and a SCIENCE

“When you keep house, you use your head, your heart, and you hands together to create a home- the place where you live the most important parts of your private life. Housekeeping is an art: it combines intuition and physical skill to create comfort, health, beauty, order, and safety. It is also a science, a body of knowledge that helps us seek those goals and values wisely, efficiently, humanely.” 

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House– by Cheryl Mendelson

Why I don’t consider myself a stay-at-home mom

I don’t consider myself a stay-at-home mom. I hated telling people that I am a stay at home mom, and felt ashamed because the name implies that we don’t do anything all day. Instead I see myself as a homemaker because the phrase stay-at-home mom doesn’t encompass what I do on a daily basis. I believe the phrase actually belittles what homemakers do to make it seem unimportant and freeloading. I do way more on a daily basis than “staying at home.”

 Homemaking wasn’t something that I planned on doing, but after my first was born it became immediately evident that I couldn’t leave my baby and go back to work. I wanted to be there for every first. I wanted to teach him everything, and I didn’t want to share him. My husband actually encouraged me to become a full time homemaker.

We don’t automatically aquire knowledge of how to keep a house when we say “I Do”

I had no idea how to keep a house, other than what I learned from my mother. Which was a lot, but some things I never learned because I was too busy. Most of the time I would be outside working with my father while my sisters helped my mother inside. That was one of the perks of having no brothers, I always got to help dad outside on the farm. But since my new career was to be a homemaker I put lots of time and energy into learning as much as I could.

My Role Model

The Proverbs 31 woman has always had a special part in my heart. Every day I am striving to be my family’s Proverbs 31 woman, doing all I can to make my house a home. My inspiration is to be able to take care of my family the way she took care of hers.

Habits Of An Effective Homemaker

Habit #1: Wake Up Before the Rest of the Family.

I know this is a hard one, but this will set your day up for success. I love to take this time to sit down with a cup of coffee to read a daily devotional and pray. Something about this alone time to start the day off right works every time!

Habit #2: Follow a Routine or Schedule

Lists. I cannot live without them. I make a list of my lists. (Not really.) But effective homemakers don’t just let life happen to them, and roll with the tide. They make life happen by having a plan. Sometimes the plan won’t work out, but having a schedule helps everyone in the household. Having a daily, weekly and monthly house work schedule keeps the stress of remembering everything at bay.

Habit #3: Have a Vision for your Home

Having a vision for yourself and your household helps keep everything together. If you haven’t envisioned of where you want to be headed then how will you know how to get there? A vibrant, clean and beautiful home doesn’t just happen, it takes hours of work and dedication to get there.

Habit #4: Keep a Meal Plan

Even if it involves knowing what you’re going to be making for the week on Sunday and implementing a rough plan of getting meat out of the freezer the day before. Meal planning will keep you from trying to figure out supper at 6 at night. Keeping a running grocery list in the pantry to write down when you run out of things is an excellent idea.

Habit #5: Implement a Cleaning Plan

Come up with a cleaning plan that will work for your home and your schedule. My house stays cleaner when I keep with a schedule, and most importantly never go to bed with dirty dishes. If you have kids, then get them involved! Kids are messy, and I don’t believe that my home will ever be spotless more than 30 seconds at a time. We strive for orderly and as clean as possible.

Habit #6: Organize and Decorate

Neither a messy house nor a house with bare walls and no decoration are very welcoming. By organizing and making sure every object has a home, cleaning time is sped up exponentially. Also a messy house is not very relaxing. At the same time a house that has bare walls and no window coverings feel too cold and sterile. by finding a happy medium your family (and guests) will feel relaxed and ‘at home.’

12 thoughts on “What Is Homemaking?”

  • I recently bought my first home and I’ve been looking into homemaking! I love the art of being domestic. It’s a lot of fun to me! I can’t wait to have a family to care for. I know it will be hard work at times but it’s always been something I wanted. Thanks for sharing!

  • Great list of habits. Waking up before the rest of the family is one I struggle with, it when I manage to stick with it and my morning routine, the days really do go much smoother.

  • I love those habits! I am slowly getting more and more of those habits as I have more children. Waking up early is just part of the deal now, but I also go to bed early!

  • Great suggestions….even after being married for nearly 20 years, some of these are still a struggle….waking up first is toughest for me, especially now that the kids are older.

  • I too am a homemaker and have kitties that stay with me during the day. For a long time I hated the term homemaker because I thought it was such an old lady term. Now I embrace it because making a home instead of just keeping up with a house is a task I do not take lightly. It really does take work and organization and I take love doing to work to show my family and husband how much I love them.

  • I love what you said about how the phrase SAHM implies all you do all day is stay at home! I’ve never thought of it that way. I often use SAHM/WAHM to make it clear that I work! lol

  • Where were you when I was first starting out as a homemaker???? I love your list of habits – all of them are great and necessary!!! I’m going to try them out in my life and see if I can make them my habits!!
    I’ll be watching your blog for more ideas!! Keep up your style!! I’ts great!!!

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