My best tip for being a successful homemaker:
Treat homemaking as your career, not your chore.
Alter your perspective to view homemaking through this lens. It makes a world of difference, doesn’t it?
- Your home is your workplace: keep it organized and free of clutter.
- Your time is valuable: be efficient.
- Grow your skill set: read and study about cleaning, cooking, meal planning, and budgeting.
- Prioritize your career over your hobbies and other interests.
home, n. [hohm]: the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered
make, v. [meyk]: to put in the proper condition or state, as for use; fix; prepare
A place is prepared for the family’s affections: this is to “make home.” A space is created and maintained in order to harbor fondness, attachment, and warmth.
Homemaking is a serious career. But here’s a little secret: homemaking is not about the stuff. The cleanliness of the stuff is not important. The tidiness or organization of the stuff is not the big idea. The rigidity of the meal plan or budget is not the reason to make home.
Make home because of the people. Make home because of the memories. Make home because of the shared love and time and energy of family. The stuff can help or hinder. Use the stuff efficiently, wisely, graciously, mercifully, and with great thanks to the advantage and betterment of the people.
The supper meal is the stuff. The people are the ones gathered around it, making memories. They may not remember the meatballs or whether the Parmesan cheese was forgotten this time, but they will remember your laughter, his awkward mispronunciation, the way she slurps spaghetti.
Your meal plan, budgeting, shopping, cooking, and scheduling will bring them to the clean table.
That is making home.
Here is an easy-access list to my posts about homemaking: