One of the most important jobs you’ll ever have is caring for your home and family, yet there is very little education or training on basic homemaking skills.
Maybe you are like me and took HomeEc in high school. That means you learned how to make an omelet and sew an apron. Right?
Well, when I got married, my omelet and apron making skills did me no good. I was lost and overwhelmed as a homemaker. I felt like a failure.
If you feel the same way, this post is going to give you the Homemaking 101 you never got in school. And let me tell you, these habits are not going to happen over night.
They take time, repetition, and figuring out what works specifically for you. But they are totally possible and worth it!
If someone asked me….
What are helpful homemaking skills?
Here’s what I would say.
1. Use flexible household routines.
Cooking and cleaning used to feel like such a burden, and I never felt like I could get ahead of it all. But when I started using routines, they helped me with those every day household responsibilities.
Implementing routines was one of the most helpful changes I made as a homemaker.
My morning and evening routines allow me to get the laundry and dishes done without really thinking about it. They are just habit.
They get done and I’m free to go about my day doing fun things with my family instead of walking around wondering when I’ll have time to do a load of laundry.
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2. Good homemakers take care of themselves.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can’t pour from an empty pitcher.”
If no one fills a pitcher of iced tea, nobody drinks iced tea!
You have to make the effort to fill up the pitcher in order to fill into drinking glasses.
The same is true for you as a homemaker.
You have to invest in yourself and do things that give you energy in order to take care of your home and family.
When you think about homemaking skills, you probably think cooking, cleaning, decorating. But before any of that gets done, you have to care for yourself.
Homemaking is a lot of work! If you are constantly giving of your time and energy, you’ll get depleted and worn out.
I see far too many moms and wives making time for everything and everyone else, but neglecting self care, and it breaks my heart! You can take care of yourself, your home, and your family. You don’t have to choose one over the other.
When you do make self care a priority, you are then able to make your home and family a priority as well.
3. Eliminate household clutter.
One of the best things I ever did for our family is eliminate the clutter in our home.
Making supper on a counter top that is free of clutter is much more enjoyable than fighting all the clutter. It’s easier to clean when there is less stuff taking up valuable space in our home.
Now, it is not a once and done deal. I still have a box in my basement that I fill with donations on a regular basis.
I have all kinds of posts filled with action steps for creating a clutter free home. Be sure to read them and learn how to live an abundant life at home with less stuff getting in your way!
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4. Create a system for Meal Planning.
Those first several years of marriage the smoke alarm went off so many times while I was cooking. I didn’t know what I was doing and often felt overwhelmed.
But when I decided to go all into homemaking, I knew I had to figure out meal planning and preparation. So I simplified what I cooked as much as possible.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with meal planning and cooking, here are some of my best tips:
Create a master list of meals that your family likes and you feel confident cooking.
It may only be a handful of meals at this point. That’s okay! Start where you are and slowly add in new meals.
Lower your expectations.
There are SO many recipes out there on Pinterest or the Cooking channel, let alone your cookbooks. You may be tempted to try new meals every night.
But that will only wear you out, especially if you aren’t experienced with cooking. So try new recipes once a week or every other week. Don’t put pressure on yourself to make new recipes all the time.
Serve simple food.
I used to think everything I made had to come from a recipe. It doesn’t!
Meat can be marinated and cooked easily. Roasted vegetables are an easy side dish. You can even roast frozen vegetables and add seasoning.
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5. Simplify household cleaning.
Cleaning my house used to feel like such a burden. The kitchen sink was full, the laundry basket was overflowing. And the bathroom needed a scrub down.
I used to spend hours cleaning it all on the weekends. But spreading my household cleaning tasks throughout the week was a game changer! Now, I only spend 10-20 minutes here and there. Cleaning doesn’t feel like a giant chore anymore.
It’s a homemaking habit. Here’s what that looks like:
Daily: load of laundry, clean kitchen, general tidy up
Once Weekly: Clean bathrooms, dust, mop, sheets
I spread out my weekly cleaning tasks throughout the week, and it makes cleaning so much easier!
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6. Love the people in your home.
This is last, but the most important.
The people in your home.
It so easy to become focused on homemaking tasks like cooking and cleaning, that we forget WHY we are homemakers.
The reason why you create a home, is not for the sake of having a clean home, or decorated home, or impressing others. It’s for your people to have a place where they can feel safe and loved.
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As you work on developing your homemaking skills, don’t forget to think of ways you can show love to your people. The words you use. The attitude you have. The time you spend listening and laughing. It’s also part of being a good homemaker.
I hope this homemaking skills list has encouraged you whether or not you would consider yourself a full time homemaker.
Because the truth is we are all making homes for our families! If you have a home, you are a homemaker.
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