Including Fun Areas for Personal Development/Challenge
Whether you are a homemaker or planning to be a homemaker one day, this list is for you! Working in the home can have its negatives, like any job, but they are outweighed by the positives. If you are waiting to be a homemaker, this list will encourage you to keep your eye on the prize.
Though I long for marriage and to be a housewife, that’s not exactly where I am. Even though I am a single mom, God has worked it out that I would become a homemaker and SAHM before I marry. Lucky for my future husband, I’ll be a pro!
Writing this list of things to look forward to helped ease my anxiety about financial provision, which was the biggest concern for me as a mother. I was delighted to find several reasons why homemaking would be rewarding in ways that money could not buy. Also, inspired to have faith in God as my provider after watching this video.
1. Create Your Own Schedule
As a homemaker, you get to wake up and go to bed when it works for you and your family. You don’t have to feel like a slave to the clock when there’s no place to punch in everyday. You can peacefully do chores during times you’d typically be commuting to/fro work. You can divert the time it’d take to get ready for work towards tidying the home or prayer with your kiddos.
Rather than adhering to a schedule that is made for you, you make your own schedule as a homemaker. If you’re an early bird, you can do housework in the morning. Or if you’re a night owl, just the opposite.
My first postpartum job had me clocking in by 7:15am. My second postpartum job was a night job where I’d often come home around 10:30pm. No matter how I sliced it with these work hours, I ended up prioritizing work life over the needs of my daughter and family. When time was ticking, I’d hand my child over to my grandmother without little consideration of their needs because I had somewhere to be.
Now, I rejoice that I set no before-the-sun alarms. I get to put my girl to bed. I don’t have to rush out the door. My days are set by me!
2. Focus on Family Nutrition
Studies show that regularly eating homemade food is associated with an overall healthier diet, especially compared to eating takeout/ultra-processed food. This is an opportunity to be creative with your meal plans and explorative with new recipes. Practice making delicious food that is also nutritious AND get all the satisfaction of turning hangry stomachs into happy bellies.
I love to cook so I have no qualms about using my energy to prepare wonderful meals rather than use it at work to then hurriedly pick up lunch on the way to/fro work. Not to mention, that I always feel better after a whole food meal than I do after a processed or fried meal.
3. Make the Routine for Home Life (rather than work routine deciding your home life)
Similar to creating your own schedule, you can go even deeper and make a customized routine for your and your family’s lives. Instead of rushing to complete all the errands on your one day off, you can delegate these tasks to different days throughout the week.
Not only are systems extremely helpful to productivity, they reduce stress, task overload and even minimize room for error. This is the chance to get things done, and to do it well! Find your own rhythm.
4. More Time Outdoors
Have you ever needed fresh air but were trapped inside because you had work to do? Go outside, breathe, it is your life, now.
5. Freedom to be Flexible
Again, you now have daily options! Options to cater to needs as they come up. If you are feeling sick, you are free to rest in the comforts of your own home. No more worrying about calling out, sick days, finding a replacement, making it up to your boss. Not feeling great? Take time to rest, model to your children what it means to slow down when you are unwell.
Similarly, if your child or neighbor is sick, you have the flexibility to care for them with chicken soup (or other remedies). This is included in your job description!
On a lighter note, if the breeze brings something different, in general, you are able to switch sails and handle what life has that day. Rainy day turn into sun? Take the little ones to the park or beach. Spontaneity is good.
Whether you choose to homeschool or not, the first place of education is the home. Learned skills from home may not necessarily include algebra equations and dense soliloquys, but they certainly include faith, love, organization, hygiene, nutrition, problem solving, gardening (if applicable), and so on.
Now that the home is your domain, you can use the comfort of your shelter as a background for instilling important values into your children. Train your child up in the way that he/she should go.
7. More Acquaintance with Home (make your house a home)
Building upon the value of your domain, homemaking is an opportunity to really get to know your home. Getting to know your home means more than knowing the layout of your house, it is understanding the systems that help you and your family grow spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally.
This is your chance to declutter what interrupts your family bonding whether it be junk drawers in the kitchen, expiring boxed food in the pantry, or a drop off bar in the foyer.
It is sweet work to understand the heart and meaning of the home by experimenting with the arrangement. Simply setting out a Bible on the coffee table and reading one verse before you cuddle up to a movie can make all the difference. Little miracles.
8. Be Available to Deeply Support Your Family
At this point, it is pretty obvious that a cornerstone of homemaking is supporting your loved ones.
There is a bigger picture to connect to and it’s not higher revenue for your corporate bosses, it is honoring your family by giving them a safe place to rest, be nourished, to express and to learn and to love. Your availability is everyday, rather than Monday-Friday, but it is entirely to love on your family. To be the launching pad for your husband’s success! and your children’s development!
9. Honoring God with the menial
Yes, we have been avoiding a detail. Homemaking can be tedious and sometimes feel worthless. Your big adventure for the day may be a mountain of dirty clothes.
However, this is where humility comes in. That is exactly where supernatural faith works: when you feel insignificant, God reminds us that nothing we do is without consequence.
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.Colossians 3:23-24
10. Random Love Moments
Forget not those little moments that you may be easily overlooked.
As a homemaker you are available to receive every hug, kiss, silly story and sweet bonding moment. Blessings, I call them.
If you’re emotional like me, you’ve cried on your way to work because leaving your baby in the morning hurts. Now, I cherish every raspberry kiss and “I love you mommy,” in the moment. I can give my kid a hug when she’s sad instead of relying on somebody else to pick up on her needs. I am right there for her!
If you’re a woman who likes an intelligent challenge, these are all areas that challenge the homemaker’s skill and intelligence, have fun!
This pretty much sums up everything in one: the ability to prioritize physical, emotional, mental health of the family by tending directly to those needs. That IS the work of a homemaker.