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.”
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.’