What is Homemaking? A Helpful Guide for Beginners

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What is homemaking? Homemaking is an art that consists of many things including cooking and cleaning. You can enjoy a fulfilling homemaking experience when you undertake it with the proper tools. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about what homemaking is and share a helpful guide for beginning homemakers.

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Homemaking can be defined in many ways, but at its core, it is about taking care of your home and the people who live in it. It can involve tasks such as cleaning, cooking, laundry, and more. It’s a way to create a comfortable and safe environment for your family. No one really enjoys chaos and homemaking helps keep your house neat and clean.

To be a successful homemaker, you need to have some basic skills and knowledge. So let’s talk about what homemaking is, basic homemaking skills, and how you can be a good homemaker.

What Is Homemaking?

Homemaking is a vital but often overlooked domestic activity. And it encompasses all the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to create and maintain a comfortable, functional, and safe home. This includes everything from managing the family’s finances, keeping track of expenses, and making sure the home is clean to child-rearing and emotional support.

For me as a homemaker, I love the arts of domesticity. Homemaking makes me happy!

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Homemaking is not just about doing household chores; it requires strategic thinking, organization, and prioritization. It can be challenging, but it is also immensely rewarding. Those who make their homes a haven for their families can and should take great pride in their work.

Not only does homemaking contribute to the overall well-being of the family, but it also strengthens relationships and builds character. In short, homemaking is an essential life skill that everyone should strive to master.

It’s so sad to me that our society no longer holds in high esteem the daily effort that a homemaker puts into the care of her home.

Instead, homemaking is looked upon as drudgery and young women are discouraged from finding joy in caring for their homes.

“There needs to be a homemaker exercising some measure of skill, imagination, creativity, desire to fulfill needs and give pleasure to others in the family. How precious a thing is the human family. Is it not worth some sacrifice in time, energy, safety, discomfort, work? Does anything come forth without work?”
― Edith Schaeffer, What Is a Family?

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In my own home, I love preparing meals, cleaning, and decorating. It makes me happy to care for my family. I love being a homemaker and I just see all of these things are part of your role as a homemaker.

I don’t feel demeaned by the idea of homemaking. On the contrary. I feel honored to be given such a beautiful and sacred role. A homemaker’s duty is an underappreciated, but noble work.

What Are The Benefits Of Homemaking?

Anyone who has ever attempted to keep a tidy house knows that homemaking is not an easy task. In addition to the daily cleaning, there are also meals to cook, laundry to wash, and errands to run.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and feel like you’re just spinning your wheels – especially for new homemakers. However, there are many benefits to homemaking that make it worth the effort.

A well-kept home provides a comfortable and inviting space for family and friends. It can also be a source of pride and satisfaction. Homemaking can also be a form of creative expression.

You can express yourself through the way you decorate your home, the food you cook, and more! I love being creative in my own home!

What Are The Qualities Of A Good Homemaker?

Often when people think of a homemaker, they think of the stereotypical image of a housewife in the 50s -like in an episode of Leave It to Beaver – wearing makeup, pearls, and heels to cook, clean, and vacuum. And while I don’t think there’s anything wrong with dressing up and looking pretty as a homemaker, most homemakers today live a much more relaxed lifestyle and that’s okay.

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A homemaker is someone who ensures their home is a comfortable and enjoyable place to live. One of the most important qualities of a good homemaker is being able to create a welcoming and warm environment in her home. The management of a home requires dedication, thoughtfulness, and skill.

1. A homemaker learns how to manage her time wisely

2. A homemaker is a loving and nurturing caregiver

3. She sets the tone and atmosphere of her home with a cheerful disposition

4. She is always willing to learn new things and improve her homemaking skills

5. Above all, a good homemaker is someone who takes pride in their work and loves taking care of their home

How is being a homemaker different from being a stay-at-home mom?

What do you think of when you hear the word homemaker? Though the terms are often used interchangeably, there’s a difference between being a homemaker and being a stay-at-home mom.

A homemaker is commonly understood to be a woman who stays home full time to take care of her house and family. She balances the chores and duties involved in keeping a home running while raising her children since her spouse is away at work. And these are definitely qualities of a homemaker.

But what about a woman who works outside the home? Is she a homemaker as well? Of course!

A homemaker is anyone who manages the home, taking care of all the day-to-day tasks that keep things running smoothly.

I believe all women have been called to be homemakers – even if those women who work outside the home.

So what’s the difference between a homemaker and a stay at home mom? A homemaker may also work outside the home. A homemaker is anyone who keeps the home running smoothly, and they don’t have to be a mother.

What Are Your Goals as a Homemaker?

As a homemaker, you have the opportunity to create a warm and inviting space for your family. You can also use your homemaking skills to contribute to the overall well-being of your family.

Some homemakers enjoy cooking and baking, while others prefer decorating and organizing their home. Whatever your interests are, there are many ways to use your homemaking skills to create a beautiful and functional home.

There is no one right way to be a good homemaker. A homemaker’s duty can vary from one household to the next. You get to decide what being a good homemaker means. But some good goals to have as a keeper at home are:

  1. To provide a comfortable and clean home for her family
  2. To manage the family’s finances and keep track of bills
  3. To prepare meals and snacks for her family
  4. To keep up with laundry and other household chores
  5. To be a support system for her husband and children
  6. To be a positive role model for her children and raise them for the Kingdom
  7. To plan and care for the family’s needs

The Science Behind A Homemaking Routine

A homemaking routine can help you manage your time and keep your home organized. Having a set routine can also make homemaking feel less like a chore.

One of the best ways to create a homemaking routine is to start by making a list of all the tasks you need to do each day. Then, you can break these tasks down into smaller steps and put them in order.

For example, if you need to clean the kitchen, your list might look like this:

  • Wash dishes
  • Wipe down counters
  • Sweep floor

By breaking down your homemaking tasks into smaller steps, you can make the process feel less daunting. Plus, checking items off your list can give you a sense of accomplishment!

Creating a homemaking routine can help you manage your time and keep your home organized.

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What Do You Need For Homemaking?

Making a home doesn’t require a lot of money or fancy things. All you really need is a willingness to do your best and a positive attitude. With these two things, you can make any space into a warm and welcoming place.

It’s all about creating a space that feels safe and comfortable for you and your family. If you’re willing to put in the effort, homemaking can be one of the most rewarding jobs you’ll ever have. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t have everything “perfect.” Just remember that the best homemakers are those who make the best of what they have.

Remember not to compare yourself to the images you see on social media. You don’t have to have a perfectly decorated, all-white house to be a good homemaker.

Keeping Your House Comfortable and Clean

One of the most important parts of homemaking is keeping your house clean and comfortable. This means taking care of all the little details that make your home feel like a safe haven.

A comfortable home is not necessarily perfectly tidy, but tidiness and cleanliness definitely play a role in how comfortable your home feels. A clean and tidy home adds to the quality of life for the family and offers peace of mind to the homemaker.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your house clean and comfortable:

  • Set aside time each day for cleaning. Even if you can only spare 15 minutes, this time will add up and make a big difference in how clean your house is. You can use a planner to help you manage your time well.
  • Make sure everyone in the family pitches in. Everyone should have at least one chore that they are responsible for.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, reach out to family and friends. They will likely be happy to help you with your homemaking duties.
  • Create a cleaning schedule and stick to it as much as possible. This will help you keep track of what needs to be done and when.
  • Focus on one task at a time. Trying to do too many things at once will only make the process feel more overwhelming.
  • Take breaks when you need them. Cleaning can be tiring, so make sure to take breaks and give yourself some time to relax.

By following these tips, you can keep your house clean and comfortable without feeling overwhelmed. Homemaking is a rewarding experience that becomes easier with practice. So don’t be discouraged if it takes some time to get the hang of things. With a little effort, you can create a beautiful home that you and your family love.

Homemaking skills for beginners

While homemaking skills may seem like something that you either have or don’t, the truth is that anyone can learn to be a good homemaker. It simply takes a willingness to learn and a bit of practice.

The most important thing is to start small and gradually build up your skillset.

For example, if you’re not confident in your cooking abilities, start with simple recipes and work your way up. Or, if you’re not used to keeping a tidy home, focus on one area at a time, such as doing a daily sweep of the floors or decluttering your surfaces.

With time and patience, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you develop into a competent homemaker. So don’t be discouraged – learning homemaking skills is within everyone’s reach!

Housekeeping

Anyone who has ever tackled a messy room can attest to the fact that housekeeping is no easy task. In addition to the physical labor involved in cleaning, it can be tough to stay motivated when there is always more work to be done.

However, there are a few tricks that even the busiest homemaker can use to make housekeeping a bit easier.

First, it helps to break the task down into manageable chunks. Instead of trying to clean the entire house at once, focus on one room or even one area of a room. This will make the job feel less daunting and will help you to see your progress more easily. And over time you’ll find you have less of a mess to deal with from day to day.

Additionally, it is important to set aside some time each day for housekeeping tasks. Whether it is fifteen minutes in the morning or half an hour before bed, having a regular cleaning schedule will make it easier to keep your home clean and clutter-free.

Finally, remember that a little bit of elbow grease goes a long way. Even if you feel like your home is never going to be perfect, taking pride in your housekeeping will make it a more pleasant place to live.

Maintenance cleaning routine

By taking some time each day to tidy up, you can rest easy knowing your home is always welcoming. It doesn’t have to be a tough chore; just set aside 20 – 30 minutes each day to vacuum, dust, and straighten up. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it makes! 

Deep cleaning

Deep cleaning is a comprehensive cleaning of your home that goes beyond the surface. While maintenance is key to keeping your home tidy on a daily basis, deep cleaning is the type of cleaning that you would do if you were preparing your home for a major event, such as a holiday party or a family gathering.

While it’s not necessary to do a deep clean on a regular basis, it’s still a good idea to do one from time to time. A deep clean can help to remove dirt and dust that has built up over time, as well as any lingering pet hair or other allergens.

In addition, a deep clean can also help to freshen up your home and make it feel like new again.

Organizing and decluttering

Though it may seem daunting, organizing and decluttering your home can be a therapeutic and empowering experience. Letting go of items you no longer need or use can be freeing, and organizing the items you keep can help you to feel more in control of your space.

You may be surprised at how much easier it is to find things once your home is decluttered, and the satisfaction of knowing where everything is can be invaluable.

The Different House Cleaning Routines You Need

Now that you know a little bit more about homemaking, it’s time to start putting some of that knowledge into practice! Below is a list of different cleaning routines you can use to keep your home clean and comfortable:

  • Daily Maintenance: This is the cleaning routine you should do each day to maintain an orderly space that feels comfortable and welcoming. The daily tasks I recommend are: cleaning the kitchen, wiping down the bathroom, taking out the trash, sweeping the floors, doing a load of laundry, and making the beds.
  • Weekly Cleaning: These are the different chores you’ll do each week such as cleaning the bathroom or mopping the kitchen floor – chores that need to be done regularly (once a week).
  • Bi-Weekly Cleaning: This cleaning schedule is for homes that see little traffic.
  • Monthly Cleaning: These are the chores that are more seasonal in nature – things like cleaning your ceiling fans, cleaning appliances, washing the walls, or other chores that don’t need to be done every week.

Doing Laundry

One of the most important homemaking tasks is doing laundry. If you have children at home, laundry can seem like an insurmountable task. I highly recommend doing at least one load of laundry every day. When I had all five of my children at home, I did an average of two loads of laundry every day.

Making A Nutritious Meal

Another important homemaking task is making sure your family is fed nutritious meals. This can be a challenge if you work outside the home, but it is possible to make healthy meals even on a busy schedule.

Meal planning

One way to make sure you are able to cook wholesome meals is to meal plan and prep ahead of time. Meal planning is a very helpful way to make sure you have the ingredients on hand that you need to make healthy meals.

There are a lot of great resources available to help you plan your menu for the week, including websites, apps, and cookbooks. Once you get into the habit of meal planning, it will become second nature.

Buying Groceries

Of course, no matter how well you meal plan, you won’t be able to make anything if you don’t have the right ingredients on hand. That’s why it’s important to make time for grocery shopping. When you’ve planned your menu for the week, make a grocery list of the ingredients you’ll need and hit the store. You may want to clean out the refrigerator before you go grocery shopping.

If possible, try to do your grocery shopping in one trip per week. This will save you time and money in the long run. And if you can’t make it to the store, there are now many grocery delivery services that will bring your groceries right to your doorstep.

Cooking and Preparing Meals

As a homemaker, one of your most important tasks is cooking and preparing meals for your family. As a mom of a large family, I would often spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals every day. Food is such an important part of the home and family culture. You can take pride in preparing food your family loves!

But of course, no matter how well you meal plan, there will be days when you just don’t have time to cook. On those days, it’s important to have quick and easy meals that you can make without spending hours in the kitchen.

“Food cannot take care of spiritual, psychological and emotional problems, but the feeling of being loved and cared for, the actual comfort of the beauty and flavour of food, the increase of blood sugar and physical well-being, help one to go on during the next hours better equipped to meet the problems.”
― Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking

Decorating

One of my favorite parts of homemaking is decorating my home. I love to change up the décor seasonally and for holidays. It’s so fun to see your home transform when you add new elements!

If you’re not sure where to start, there are many great resources available online and in stores. You can also find some inspiration by looking at homes in magazines, home decor blogs, or even on Pinterest and Instagram. Just remember, your home should reflect your own personal style!

Homemaking Is More Than Just Cleaning

One of my favorite Bible verses found in God’s Word is: “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:18

Doesn’t that just convey a sense of how sacred and beautiful a home is meant to be?

I believe with all my heart that homemaking is a ministry. It is an opportunity to serve those we love most – our husbands and our children. When we take the time to create a beautiful and inviting home, we are showing our families that they are worth our time and effort.

The Word of God tells us the Proverbs 31 woman is a homemaker. “She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.” Proverbs 31:27 NLT

Setting the Atmosphere of Your Home

Setting the atmosphere of your home is one of the most important aspects of homemaking.

The atmosphere of our home should be peaceful and inviting. It should be a place where our family can relax and feel loved. Achieving this goal takes effort and intentionality. But it is so worth it when we see the joy it brings to our families.

“A housewife’s work…is surely, in reality, the most important work in the world…your job is the one for which all others exist.” C.S. Lewis

Some ways to create a peaceful and inviting atmosphere in your home include:

  • Playing soft music in the background
  • Keeping the clutter to a minimum
  • Decorating with calming colors
  • Diffusing essential oils
  • Setting aside time each day for family devotions
  • Spending quality time together with your family

Having A Cheerful Attitude

One of the most important parts of homemaking is having a cheerful attitude.

No matter how our day is going, you can choose to have a positive outlook. When we have a positive attitude, it sets the tone for our entire day. Our family will feel our joy and they will be more likely to respond in kind.

Some days, it’s hard to be cheerful when we’re tired or stressed. But even on those days, we can choose to focus on the good and find things to be thankful for. When we do, we’ll find that our attitude makes all the difference in our homemaking journey.

Cultivating the right mindset as a homemaker is so important if you want to enjoy your homemaking.

Creating A Welcoming and Cozy Space

One of the best parts of homemaking is creating an atmosphere in your home that is welcoming and cozy. This is a place where your family can relax and feel at home. There are many ways to make your home cozy, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • Adding blankets and pillows to every room
  • Displaying family photos
  • Keeping a basket of books and magazines in each room
  • Decorating with candles
  • Setting the table with pretty dishes
  • Make sure there are always fresh flowers in a vase

Just remember, that none of these material things matter if the heart of your home is not warm and inviting. Homemaking is about so much more than just keeping a clean house. It’s about creating a space where your family members can feel loved and comfortable.

Some of My Favorite Tips for Beginner Homemakers

If you’re new to homemaking, here are some of my favorite tips to get started:

  1. Wake up early: This is one of the best pieces of advice I can give. Waking up early gives you time to start your day off right. You can enjoy a cup of coffee, read your Bible, or just take some time to yourself before the craziness of the day begins.
  2. Make your bed every day: This is such a simple task, but it makes such a big difference. Starting your day by making your bed sets the tone for the rest of the day. It’s a small way to start off on the right foot.
  3. Have a daily routine: Having a daily routine is so important for homemakers. It helps to keep you organized and on track. I like to have a general idea of what I need to accomplish each day, even if it’s just a simple to-do list.
  4. Set aside time for yourself: It’s so important to set aside time for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. This is your time to do something that you enjoy, whether it’s reading, taking a walk, or just sitting in silence.
  5. Practice self-discipline: This is probably the most important tip I can give. It’s so important to practice self-discipline as a homemaker. This means making time for the important tasks, even when you don’t feel like it. I hope these tips are helpful for you as you begin your journey as a homemaker!
  6. Remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about serving those you love and enjoying the process, and creating a warm and inviting home for your family.

I hope this blog post has brought your some encouragement as a homemaker. Whether you are well seasoned with many years of homemaking under your belt, or whether you are a new homemaker just beginning your journey – it’s my goal to elevate the role of a homemaker. You are valuable!

Do you enjoy homemaking? What are some of your favorite parts? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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