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>The Beginners Guide to Homemaking on the Homestead
- Homemaking is the most important job of any women. Your home is where your family makes memories, shares their life, and relaxes from the stresses of the world. Managing your home can be stressful and overwhelming, with all the tasks a homemaker juggles (cooking, cleaning, decluttering, organizing, bill paying, and errands to run just to name a few.)But homemaking on the homestead can add even more stress and pressure, with the animal care, gardens, outbuilding and pasture maintenance, and preserving food for the winter at harvest time.
- “These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands.” Titus 2:4-5
What is Homemaking on the Homestead
- Homemaking on the homestead is a way to serve God while showing love to your family by managing your home and becoming more self-sufficient in order to live simpler and healthier.
- Homemaking is often considered a lazy job and that the homemaker sits around watching tv all day, but in a real homemakers world they do many things.
- Running Errands and Keeping Appointments
- Decluttering and Organizing
- Purchasing Items for the Family
- Creating a Warm and Welcoming Home for the Family
- Taking care of the animals
- Preserving food
- Healing your family with Herbs
- “She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.” Proverbs 31:27
How to Balance Homemaking and Homesteading
- It can be very overwhelming when managing your home while trying to get stared with homemaking because there are some tasks that you need to get done on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis indoors and outdoors.
- Getting the whole family involved is key:
- Training your children takes time and patience now but really pays off later when they truly learned and mastered the skills. This one I fail at a lot! I try to do it all myself and quickly become burnt out. I personally don’t like to ask for help but when running a home and a homestead you just have to.
- Don’t be a perfectionist, lower your expectations:
- Perfectionism has no place in homemaking on the homestead especially if you have small children. Often projects will last longer than expected, the weather doesn’t cooperate, animals get loose, or fussy babies need to be rocked and cuddled.
- Find your level of clean and comfort for your home:
- Your cleaning standards should leave your family and home happy and healthy. It may be that it is a priority for someone to have their home web wiped and dusted but for my home, as a homestead family constantly going in and out of the home, the priority is keeping the floors swept. Once your have your standards set maintain it on a daily basis to the best of your abilities with each season of life.
- Note: Ask your husband what his top 5 homemaking tasks that need to be done regularly for him to be able to come home and relax and take those into consideration when setting your homemaking standard.
- And an eagerness to serve your family with patience and love.
- “She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.” Proverbs 31:17
Tips for Success
- Having systems and routines in place will make homemaking a lot easier.
- Meal Planning, Bulk Cooking, Cooking from Scratch, and Freezer Cooking
- Morning, Evening, Chaos to Calm, Weekly Reset, Cleaning, Bath time and Laundry Routines
- Having a Planner or Notebook to Keep it All Together
- Running Errands
- Home and Homestead Maintenance
- Paying Bills, Savings Plans
- Creating a Warm and Welcoming Home on the Homestead
- Decluttering and Organizing
- Decorating on a Budget
The Last Thing You Need to Know
- Homemaking on the homestead doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By getting organized you can easily and quickly get back on top of things. Making life a lot less stressful and more relaxing so you can truly enjoy you family, home, and homestead again.
- What overwhelms you most about homemaking on the homestead?