Want to learn how to begin to take control of your homemaking? Here are some simple but important ways to get started!
When it comes to homemaking, do you ever feel like you just don’t know where to begin?
- Maybe you grew up with a cleaning lady who came to your house every week, so you never had to learn how to clean.
- Or maybe you grew up and your mother was a homemaker, but cleaned things her own way, without explaining how or why.
- Maybe you have no idea how to keep a home, let alone create a haven.
While my mom was a homemaker who was happy to teach me some responsibilities around the house – dusting, vacuuming, washing windows, deep cleaning, and setting and clearing the table – once I was on my own, I didn’t have the faintest idea how to wash and or dry a load of laundry. Or even how to wash dishes by hand correctly.
And something as vital as setting my own cleaning schedule? I had no clue.
I had to teach myself, as a 20-something, how to keep my home. I consulted plenty of resources along the way – and even 20 years later, I’m still learning new tricks.
For example, in “The One Year Book of Amish Peace: Hearing God’s Voice in the Simple Things,” Tricia Goyer shares, “When hand washing dishes, I learned to wash glasses and silverware first because those things touch your lips and need to be the most sanitary.” I always knew to wash glasses first, but always saved my silverware for last. Not anymore!
I want to help other homemakers learn the basics. Whether you’re fresh out of college, a brand new stay-at-home-mom, or a homemaker who has been trying to manage a home for years, I’ll explain the basic hows and whys of caring for your home so that you’ll have an excellent handle on your home.
First things first
As we start together, I’d like you to take a mental inventory of your home. What areas do you have under control? What areas are definitely out of control? (If you’re a list person, write your thoughts down.)
Once you’ve made this assessment, don’t feel the weight of a million tasks that are all screaming to get done. If more of your house is out of control than under control, take a deep breath.
Remember, your home didn’t get that way overnight (OK … unless you’ve moved and everything was brought into your home in boxes on moving day and has stayed in boxes) and it won’t magically clean itself overnight.
Trust me. I’ve tried wiggling my nose and hoping for a Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo sort of experience throughout my house. It’s never worked.
This is going to take some work, but it will be worth it. Remember that this process will be filled with small steps. But if you keep making the small steps, you’ll be amazed with the results.
Taking the next steps
Once you’ve made your assessment and reminded yourself that it will be a long – but worthwhile – work in progress, commit to taking just 10 minutes a day to work on your home. I’m not asking you to clean anything just yet, but think about when you can fit 10 minutes in your days or nights.
Now that you know you will work around your home, figure out two to three cleaning chores you’d like to try every single day. I like to call them Non-Negotiable Daily Chores because they need to get done. And, if you think of them as non-negotiable, you’ll make sure you finish them.
Try your Non-Negotiable Daily Chores. Get into a rhythm when they become a normal part of your day. And as you’re mentally preparing yourself and creating a plan of attack, I’ve saved the best step for last: Pray.
- Pray over your home.
- Pick a different room each day and pray that you’ll be able to care for that space in the way the Lord wishes.
- Pray that the Lord will use each room for His glory.
- Pray that the Lord will help you – with energy, inspiration, and diligent work – to manage that room.
- Pray that He’ll give you insight to transform your home into a haven – for yourself and others.
As a quick recap, here’s your assignment for right now:
- Take a mental inventory of your home.
- Remember that your home won’t clean itself overnight.
- Commit to working on your home 10 minutes each day.
- Try working on two to three Non-Negotiable Daily Chores.
- And pray in each room.
These are the important first steps as you learn how to begin to take control of your homemaking.
Are you excited to learn how to begin to take control of your homemaking? If you’re committing to this process, please let me know in the comments below!
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