I'm going to try something new this month, and we'll see how it goes! Throughout the summer I've loved having my kids home, but all too often I've become somewhat of a grouchy-stressed-out-crazy-woman without a real plan for my day in place.
While I love blogging here on PPP, it takes a lot of time, and is a full time job on top of my family priorities. I realized over the last few weeks that I was spending so much time working that I wasn't enjoying my first love, being a homemaker.
As I've shared before, God's always put this weird desire in my heart for homemaking. I love baking, cooking, and sometimes even cleaning 🙂 and more than anything my heart has always desired to care for my home and those in it.
I feel incredibly blessed that I'm able to do all those things, and work from home too. (I mean really, who gets that kind of opportunity?) But, just like everyone, there are days when I get overwhelmed by the housework and the cooking and the cleaning (and the kids . . .) and I lose sight of why I do all this.
So for fun (really, completely selfishly . . . ) I thought I'd spend the month of August sharing a homemaking tip with you each night to force myself into hunting down resources to keep me focused, and maybe encourage you too. As I've shared before, whether you're a mom or not, whether you stay at home or work outside the home, if you're a woman you are a homemaker so this series is just for you.
I didn't mean for that to turn into a dissertation ~ yikes!
Okay, so let's get started.
For tonight, take a minute to read this interesting article on a “real 1950s cleaning routine for our modern day world.” It's from The Modern 50's Housewife, and I so enjoyed poking around her site!
Initially as I read it I loved it all (I'm so much a 1950's housewife born 50 years too late!), but I was hesitant to share because of what you might think. As I scrolled through, I realized the same issues we have today were issues moms have had forever, and I love the suggestion to focus on our home before everything else each morning. (And reading through the comments were fantastic!)
So, anyone with me and ready to start focusing on the favorites around us at home each day? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one and if it's something you're even interested in. Leave a comment to share!
- More than Just a Penny Pincher: The Value of Homemaking Part 1 (What It Means To Be a Homemaker)
- More than Just a Penny Pincher: The Value of Homemaking Part 2 (What Homemaking Looked Like For Me)
- More than Just a Penny Pincher: The Value of Homemaking Part 3 (The Value of Menu Planning
- More than Just a Penny Pincher: The Value of Homemaking Part 4 (Practical Tips On Homemaking
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I decided that I wanted to be a stay at home mom because My mom worked and it was such a lonely life coming home after school and waiting 3 hours for mom and dad to come home. All the other kids got to go home for lunch but I had to brown bag it and spend lunch hour all alone in a big school room. we were a one car family, we didn’t do fancy vacations, or go to concerts, movies, sporting events, or amusement parks or have cell phones or gym memberships but we were happy with what we had. I knit and crochet and made many of my children’s clothes , I planted a garden and canned and pickled from it. Summer vacations were spent at grandma and grandpas house but that gave the kids a wonderful relationship with them and instilled family values. The benefits of staying home and raising 5 children has been the most joy and appreciation of life. All of my children have fantastic important jobs and are a blessing to their community. I would do it all over again if I could. Materialism has never been a priority and now I am enjoying my grandchildren and teaching them how it “ used to be.”
How wonderful are you? Thank you so much for sharing my post. Much appreciated! I hope everyone enjoys the look back.
Holly, the Modern Day 50’s Housewife
Thanks so much Holly – I loved your post! 🙂
I love this idea and look forward to every night of August now! I’m a victim of the modern day distraction on a daily basis, facebook being the biggest time consumer, followed by Netflix! I think putting the phone down and turning the tv off for the first 3-4 hours of my day every day will greatly help me with tackling the 1950s housewife cleaning schedule!
Thanks so much for sharing Patience – I’m so glad to hear you’re looking forward to it! And you’re not alone – I love my online space, but if I could turn it off more often I know I’d get so much more done every day. It should be a fun month! 🙂
I so wish we could go back to the days where a one income household was more feasible. I too work from home, but very much full time and I do not have as much time to focus on my home as I would like. I am expecting my first child and would love nothing more than to be able to raise and care for it without having to work and rely on others to help bring up my child.
It is HARD to make things on one income (I so understand that!) And working from home (while it’s a wonderful blessing!) just isn’t easy with kids (even though my kids are older, I still struggle to keep them busy while I work each day.) But I think we have a lot of distractions (at least I do) that make it harder, so even while you may not be able to do everything, you may be able to change a few habits and focus on your home more. (I’m speaking right to myself here – I easily lose an hour each day to scrolling through FB or Instagram, especially when working!)
You’re not alone – but hopefully we can find a few tips to make homemaking easier for you!
We are a one income family with a family of 5. It is possible if you learn to cut down on unnecessary extras and live within your means.
I’m with you Laurie! My house might not show it but I have always said I should have been born in the 30’s instead of the 70’s. I’m eager to see what you come up with this month.
So glad I’m not alone Christine – goodness I love all of the conveniences that we have, but I would give anything most days to just focus on my home and family! Thanks so much for sharing (I think it’ll be fun to see what ideas are out there!)