I've been a homemaker for most of my adult life, along with homeschooling all of our six children. I'm in the last years of that 'career,' but I'll never stop being a 'maker of my home.'
Everyone has the power to be a homemaker.(I'm not saying that a homemaker is one who is home full time without a job.) It just takes seeing the importance of the work of making a home. Long before I married at age 24, I was homemaking in the space I called my own, my bedroom.
As a young girl, I was always rearranging my furniture in that small 10x10 bedroom. I always loved the way it felt to make a space feel new and refreshed, and I still do!
I realized as a young married woman that I had power to set the tone in my home. Were we going to live in peace or chaos? I came to despise clutter, waging a war on it for many years. I feel more peaceful when things are tidy - beds made, floors and rugs swept and vacuumed.
I am not obsessive - with six kids that was impossible - but I found a routine that worked for me, actually two routines. First when I had a lot of littles, I had a daily jobs list for every day except for Sunday.
I'd written the jobs for each day on an index card, so on Monday I'd pull the card out and see that the jobs for that day were to vacuum, dust, tidy the play area in the basement. So each person, including me got a job to do and we did it all at the same time, so that within a half hour all the chores for that day were done. It brought tidiness and organization to our lives in busy years.
These days, I clean as I go. The kitchen gets cleaned every day, counters wiped, the sink clean, dishes either drying on the mat on the counter or in the dishwasher. My bathrooms are tidied every day. I wipe down the counters, dust the back of the toilet. Once a week or as needed, I clean the toilet. I've found taking just a few minutes everyday makes a huge difference in the cleanliness of my home. These routines, or ways of cleaning in my home, have worked well for me over the years.
I love bringing coziness and warm to our home in my own style. I'm a firm believer in not copying other peoples style and to find what makes you feel at 'home.'
I'll be talking more about this in the weeks to come. It's a huge passion of mine, and I believe that with all this fear around the coronavirus, more people are spending tons of time at home and looking for ways to be happy in their homes.
How about you? Have you enjoyed being a homemaker? What is your favorite thing about homemaking?