It has been over a year since my husband and I decided that I would be a stay at home wife, and it has changed our lives in ways that we could never have imagined.
Before getting married I was working full-time at a job that I definitely didn’t love. Although it was a job that paid my bills and allowed me to save up some money, I wasn’t truly happy there.
I felt like I was stuck in a job that was constantly sucking out of me, and I was never being refilled… Sound familiar?
Since I can remember, my dream job has always been to be a stay at home mom. So you can imagine my joy when I started my treck of being a stay at home wife. I was so excited to start this journey, and I am excited to be promoted to stay at home mom.
BUT FOR NOW, I’M LOVING BEING A STAY AT HOME WIFE.
My being a stay at home wife just works for us. It fits our lifestyle. But I do realize that being a stay at home wife (or mom) isn’t for everyone, and I have bundles of respect for all you working moms out there, too.
All this said and done, being a stay at home wife hasn’t just been a leisurely stroll in the park.
Being a stay at home wife means that we are living off of one income and have to find creative ways to pinch pennies and make our money stretch.
It means that I need to find new ways every day to motivate myself so I don’t let my days go by without productivity.
It means that I spend a majority of my time at home, so I never really leave my job. It means that there are many people who will be judgemental when they hear I’m a stay at home wife.
But, it also means that my husband and I get more time together. It means that when he has a day off of work unexpectedly, we can spend it together because I don’t have to leave the house to go to my job.
It means that I can have a home cooked meal hot and ready for my husband when he comes home from work. It means that I can kiss him goodbye at the door in the morning and kiss him hello at the door in the evening.
It means that we have so much more freedom.
ULTIMATELY, BEING A STAY AT HOME WIFE HAS CHANGED THE COURSE OF OUR MARRIAGE AND LIVES, AND WE LOVE IT.
If I wasn’t a stay at home wife I wouldn’t have had the time or drive to start up this blog and find a passion I didn’t know I had.
Stay at home wives (and moms) have a calling in life that is often overlooked or forgotten about. Our calling is to be a homemaker.
I believe that being a homemaker is a precious job to not take for granted.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. – Proverbs 31:27
But with choosing to be a stay at home wife comes an important decision. We need to decide if we are going to use our days for good and be productive, or if we will be lazy, idle, and let our days slip by.
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. – Proverbs 31:10
11 WAYS THAT WE CAN USE OUR DAYS AS STAY AT HOME WIVES AND MOMS FOR GOOD
1. START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD
Start every day digging into the Word of God and spending time in prayer. You might be amazed at what a difference it makes to your productivity, attitude, and the total outcome of your day.
Try to make a habit out of this and make it the most important part of your morning routine.
2. GET DRESSED
You might not see any harm in staying in your PJs all day. After all, you don’t need to leave your house.
But, I believe that it is important to get dressed and ready for your day early on in the morning. It makes a great change in the whole outlook of your day.
Getting out of your PJs and getting dressed in some real clothes (try to steer clear of always grabbing the sweatpants) will help you feel more motivated and energized to face the day.
3. MAKE A LIST
Are you a person of routine? Or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants? Either way, making a list of chores and errands you have to get done for the day will help keep you on track.
Before you get comfortable on the couch make sure you get stuff that needs to be accomplished today done.
If you feel laziness creeping in, or you have finished your to-do list, grab your walking shoes and head out for a walk to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
5. KNOW THAT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE
If you are finished your tasks earlier than expected, take a wander around your house and get something that isn’t on your list done.
Organize a drawer, sweep the floor, throw in a load of laundry, or wipe out the cupboards. There’s never a shortage of stuff to be done around the house.
If you are already an avid meal planner, then sit down and search some new recipes to put in your future meal plans.
If you have yet to start meal planning, there’s no better time than the present. Pull out a piece of paper and pen, or sign up below to get free printable meal planners.
7. FIND A CLEANING ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Cleaning your house is just a part of being a stay at home wife. And I’ll be the first to admit, it can get very exhausting and boring and sometimes it’s just plain hard to find the motivation needed to clean.
We are all unique and different in our own ways, and we all have different cleaning methods that work for us. What works to motivate someone else might not work for you. Work on finding what works best for you, and then stick with it.
8. MANAGE YOUR TIME
Learn how to properly manage your time so that your days don’t slip by. Click here to learn 7 simple yet effective steps that helped me better manage my days.
9. CREATE A MONEY MANAGEMENT PLAN
If you’re a stay at home wife/mom it’s likely that you are living off of your husband’s income alone. It’s not impossible, but it does require cutting back on unnecessary expenses.
10. TURN OFF THE ELECTRONICS
Social media can suck you in and mesmerize you for hours on end, without you even realizing it. By switching your devices off you can work on your projects for the day without being disturbed, and get things done in half the time.
11. START A BLOG
Have you ever been interested in starting a blog? I wanted to start a blog for years, but let fear hold me back. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
Starting a blog has been one of the greatest things I have done, I love it and am so glad that I took the leap. Click here to learn if you have what it takes to start a blog.
If you have the opportunity to be a stay at home wife/mom, don’t take it for granted. It is a lot of work, but I believe it is also one of the most rewarding jobs out there.
In my life, it has allowed me to have lots of time to dedicate to this blog, and I am so grateful for the many, many opportunities that being a stay at home wife has made possible.
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Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12