The only hard-and-fast rules of homemaking are the ones you set in place for yourself, however, there are a few practical, basic tips I’ve found to be incredibly helpful. Just remember, you get to personalize your process – you’re in charge, here!
ONE: Get In The Word First
Investing in your spirituality by prioritizing time for God isn’t a luxury – it’s absolutely essential. No matter how important your duties of the day are, it will be futile if you fail to approach housework with a humble, grateful, servant-minded heart; and you can’t achieve that without God. One of my favorite ways to ensure time in the word is to play the Bible audibly as I get ready for the day, wash dishes, or fold laundry!
TWO: Make A Plan For Your Money
My husband and I went through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University before the wedding, which helped us start our marriage on the same page regarding our finances! Creating a budget doesn’t have to be restrictive, it’s truly all about your perspective. At its core, a budget is simply managing your money with purpose and good stewardship, for God’s glory. Friends, if God has been faithful to provide for you, the least we can do is be faithful in planning to use it intentionally. Budgeting is essential because you just can’t operate a home that’s on the verge of bankruptcy, and taking care of your finances ensures your family’s well-being during financially stressful situations. Bonus: it truly helps you learn how to communicate better with your spouse.
THREE: Make A Plan For Your Cooking
What recipes are you constantly making? Write out the ingredients you use for those recipes (and snacks, drinks, etc), decide on additional recipes you want to make this week, and make a grocery list with all the ingredients you’ll need for the week. I like finding meals that use overlapping ingredients (we eat a lot of Mexican and chicken, so I always have chips and fresh salsa veggies and chicken seasonings/marinades!) Get in the habit of checking your pantry/fridge before shopping to avoid buying more than you need on hand.
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FOUR: Make Your Process a Pattern
Maybe you’re not a structured “on Tuesday I dust the blinds and wash the sheets” kind of person. But if you create a prioritized pattern of chores you’ll give yourself the flexibility to get it done when you can, and you won’t be stressed out if you didn’t complete the least important thing as long as you’ve done what is essential that day! I like to have an ongoing pattern of chores I do weekly without pinning them to a specific day because when something comes up I don’t feel behind and stressed if I have to push back my schedule one day.
FIVE: Clean a Little Every Day
Maybe you’re not breaking out the mop every day, but definitely don’t sit around waiting until you have a big party before you deep clean your house. If you break the tasks up and do a little each day then you’ll break it all up into manageable chunks that won’t make you feel like you’re wasting away your free days cleaning. (If you do it all in one day it will quickly lead you to burn out!)
SIX: Split Up Tasks With Your Spouse
Maybe there is one thing you really don’t enjoy doing, and your spouse doesn’t mind it as much. Communicate these things, as your spouse might appreciate the opportunity to serve you by taking on a task that helps you! In turn, take into consideration what is important to your spouse and love them by doing that thing. My husband enjoys mowing the lawn and frees up my time by taking responsibility for that job. He hates when dishes are left dirty in the sink, so I make sure to start cleaning up as soon as we’re finished at the table. Just remember to communicate your appreciation to them for serving you in love!
SEVEN: Set Up For Success With Appliances
I may have a slight obsession with collecting appliances, but they can seriously be such a time-saver! Utilizing the slow cooker has been the best thing I’ve learned how to do (I didn’t have my own Crock-Pot until I was married!) because I can get supper started while I’m working from home. I love rice, but I always hated making it until I invested in a rice cooker – now I get perfectly cooked rice every time with minimal effort! Don’t go overboard and clutter up your kitchen with things you’ll only use once per year, but do evaluate if a product is worth it if it makes your day-to-day life easier.
Bonus Tip: Let go of your expectations for a perfectly run home. Naturally, the more experience you have, the smoother things will run. Don’t expect to have it all figured out right away – like all parts of life, homemaking is a process that you need to constantly be learning well about, in order to love your family better.
Do you have more homemaking tips? I’d love for you to share them below in the comments!
All photos by Melissa Couture Photography.