Whether you’re a beginner homemaker or a well-seasoned homemaker looking for some motivation, these 6 homemaking tips will have you turning your house into a home in no time.
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The key to homemaking is simplicity. Keeping things simple is the way to go – over complicated tactics wouldn’t have held up back in the 18- and 1900’s, and they certainly don’t hold up now. That’s why when you do a quick search for “homemaking tips”, the tips you find are simple, straight-forward, and most importantly, practical.
Sure, deep cleaning your home daily will leave it looking spotless, but is it practical? No.
If you’re a beginner homemaker, this guide will be your ultimate beginner’s guide to homemaking. If you’ve been homemaking for years, here you’ll find just a few more tips to add to your homemaking tool belt.
But First, What Is Homemaking? (Isn’t it just a fancy way of saying housekeeping?)
Let’s clear the air: homemaking and housekeeping are two very different things. While yes, homemaking does entail a certain aspect of housekeeping tasks, it is so much more than that.
Housekeeping is doing routine household chores like laundry, vacuuming, washing dishes, etc. Whereas homemaking is focused on pursuing family relationships and the act of making a home for your family. A space where they feel safe, secure, and always welcome.
Anyone can scrub floors and keep a clean house. Not everyone takes time to make a home.
6 Homemaking Tips Every Homemaker Needs to Know
Here are 6 of the best homemaking tips that will help you turn your house into a home and enjoy doing it, whether today is your first step towards becoming a homemaker or you’ve been walking the walk for years.
It’s time to ditch the homemaking stigma.
1. Focus on Family Relationships
The biggest differing factor between housekeeping and homemaking is this: housekeeping keeps a house appearing tidy and well put together, homemaking keeps family relationships tidy and put together.
The art of homemaking is as simple – and challenging – as focusing on nurturing a healthy family relationship. The best way to nurture relationships is to do things that encourage openness, fun, and real conversations.
A few ways to focus on building strong family relationships could be:
- Having family dinners together
- Turning off the TV and electronics during dinnertime/in the evenings
- Having themed dinners on a particular night every week (taco Tuesdays, pasta Mondays, pizza Fridays, and so on)
- Going on a nature walk as a family (not only does the fresh air improve your mood, it also aids in concentration and reduces stress, meaning that even a 10 minute walk can be an all-natural “reset button” on hard, stressful days)
- Arranging weekly-or-monthly family meetings (use these meetings to address concerns and issues, plan “family fun days” and talk about the week- or month-’s plans and goals)
2. The Sense of Smell Works Wonders
Have you ever wondered why a particular smell makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside?
Studies show that smell, memory, and emotion are all closely linked in the brain. Smells take a direct route to the regions of the brain that are related to emotion and memory, causing nostalgia.
One study states:
“Smells are handled by the olfactory bulb, the structure in the front of the brain that sends information to the other areas of the body’s central command for further processing. Odors take a direct route to the limbic system, including the amygdala and the hippocampus, the regions related to emotion and memory.”
Whether it’s the scent of cookies baking in the oven as your family walks through the door to remove the stress of a long day or the calming scent of lavender to help you unwind and relax at the end of the day, scents can work wonders in helping you and your family make connections and trigger delightful memories.
A few scents that could benefit your home are:
- Lavender encourages relaxation, calms the mind, and is a sleep aid.
- Citrus is a quick pick-me-up, helping you feel more energetic and alert. (Try making this homemade citrus potpourri to curb the afternoon slump.)
- Vanilla can be used to heighten moods. Known for being bland, vanilla is anything but when it comes to lifting your mood.
- Cinnamon is warming and calming and just might make you want to curl up on the couch while watching the snow fall outside, but it can also help sharpen your mind and concentration by boosting your brainpower.
3. Take Care of Yourself so You Can Take Care of Others
You can’t pour from an empty cup.
If you want to fill the lives of those around you with love, joy, encouragement, and kindness, you have to fill yourself first.
When you feel yourself starting to run on empty, take time to do something that fills your tank, whether it be reading a chapter in that book you’ve been wanting to read for months, going out for coffee with a friend, going on a walk, doing a DIY project, finally organizing and making beautiful a space in your house you’ve been putting off for months, or even just taking a bath with no interruptions.
Once you’ve filled your tank, you can pour into the lives of your family and friends.
Sitting down for a meal around the dinner table- together, as a family, is one of the most beneficial things you can do to keep your family connected and relationships strong.
Make family meals a habit and keep electronics off during this time to encourage face-to-face conversations.
Don’t stress if you can’t make every day of the week work for family dinners, but do try to do at least one or two (or more) dinners a week where everyone eats at the same time and everyone interacts.
And, if you aren’t a good cook or never know what to make for dinner, don’t worry – the Eat at Home Meal Plans offer simple dinner ideas and are what I use to decide what to make for dinner.
5. Consistency Creates Light Work
Even though homemaking isn’t the same as housekeeping, there are still some aspects of housekeeping that are intertwined into a homemakers life.
As a homemaker your main focus is family relationships, but you want your family to have a home that they actually want to come home to, to come home to.
Being consistent with the household chores will eliminate them from piling up. The best way to encourage consistency is by following a simple daily schedule or plan. This will help structure your days so you’re able to get everything necessary done, and mapping out the cleaning tasks that should get done daily so your house stays tidy and the cleaning doesn’t end up requiring hours of work all at once will help keep your house – and sanity – in check.
- If your house has gotten out of hand, this is the best way to get it under control as quickly as possible.
- If you just need a structured cleaning routine to follow, this is the one that works for me.
6. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude and Joy
It’s easy to spend our days complaining and dwelling on the things that bring us down, but this isn’t doing anyone any favors.
Fight the urge to dwell on the disappointments and instead plant the seeds of a cheerful heart. You’ll be surprised to see the amazing effects it has on those in your household.
Choosing to find the joy in a situation won’t only better your life as a homemaker, it will also benefit the lives of those around you.
As blessed as we are to be homemakers, it can be a dreary, lonely job at times. Choose to search for the good in your days and surround yourself with people who will love and encourage you in your journey.
If you’re struggling to find things to be thankful for, I highly suggest purchasing a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal will help you learn how to find things to be thankful for and how to focus on the good in every day.
Even in the midst of a difficult circumstance, fix your eyes on the good.
Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Hosea 10:12
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – philippians 4:8