If you’re struggling find a good homemaking groove, it might be time to find homemaking mentors …
Centuries ago, most women knew how to keep a home simply by watching the examples around them. In fact, everyday life naturally included being surrounded by people who cared for their homes and families.
In the past 50 years, though, all of the natural, everyday learning from people around you began to fade. Women who would typically spend life as housewives began working away from the home. Cleaning ladies tended to homes. Daycares and public schools cared for children. Families began spending less time together – and children began learning less from their parents.
One of the results of this change in culture has been the absence of homemaking. When women finally have a home of their own, it’s hard to know what to do. How do you wash laundry? How often should you do basic chores? Why should you think about meal planning … and how do you do it?
Basic household tasks that our mothers and grandmothers took for granted now seem so foreign to us as women.
I remember leaving for college and needing to learn how to wash my clothes – because I never had done it before. A couple years later, I needed to figure out how to cook my own meals. All of these basic household responsibilities took a major learning curve. (I think the only chores I knew how to do well were dusting and vacuuming.)
Eventually I did learn how to care for my home – both in figuring out what I needed to care for and then how to do it. I did this after asking older women for help, reading countless books and magazines, and simply studying how other women cared for their homes.
This all happened in the early Internet days – long before Pinterest made life easier. I would’ve loved immediate instruction from women who already had homemaking figured out.
Learning from the Internet
Today, the ease and availability of instruction is one reason I love online conferences and courses. Women can receive homemaking mentoring without needing to leave the comfort of their own home. It’s like the old-fashioned way of learning homemaking … except that it’s virtual now.
If I was just starting out again, I would love to learn all about homemaking online. Currently, two of my favorite online resources for homemaking mentoring are My Homemaking Mentor and Homemaking Ministries’ annual conferences. Personally, I’ve learned a lot from them.
My Homemaking Mentor is a site filled with virtual lessons from dozens of Christian homemakers. You can take 15 different homemaking courses in over 50 videos from a dozen different metnors … all on the same site. (I appreciate you don’t have to pay a monthly membership fee; after a one-time payment, you get lifetime access to the site, which is routinely updated with new content from new mentors.)
Homemaking Ministries’ conferences open each fall – but you can still buy tickets to past conferences, like this past year’s Balance in Homemaking conference. (Who couldn’t use balance in homemaking!?) The sessions are just as powerful today as when they were originally recorded.
Learning what I’ve learned
If you’re anything like I was and fairly clueless as you start out with your homemaking, I’d love to help you. You can search for housekeeping basics here on No Place Like Home (just click on the Housekeeping link at the top of the page).
Or, if you’re more of a learner who needs to see and hear actual demonstrations, I’ve recorded a course– A Simple Guide to Housekeeping – for My Homemaking Mentor. Step-by-step, I demonstrate exactly how I clean my home.
The registration for My Homemaking Mentor is only offered a couple times a year; it’s currently open, but will close on April 3, and it won’t open again until the fall. For details, click HERE.
I’d love to be your homemaking mentor. Whether it’s through my housekeeping posts or by my video teaching, I’d love to help you figure out how to care for your home. While we may not get to share everyday life together, I’d still be honored to teach you what I’ve learned.
As of right now, how have you learned about keeping a home?
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