My Top 10 Tips To Enjoy Homemaking.
Many of you know I started my homemaking journey at age 14 due to some stuff that was happening with my family at the time but for a long time I didn’t count those first two years because if I’m being honest, I didn’t enjoy it.
I’ve always wanted to be a homemaker but I didn’t enjoy homemaking itself.
I was disappointed. I didn’t think that was how my journey would start. After all, to be a homemaker you must get married and buy and house and “poof” everything will come to you right? Ha that’s what I thought.
Homemaking wasn’t what I expected it to be. So it took quite some time redefining the term “homemaker”, disciplining myself, and seeing my work through the lense of Christ before I truly started to enjoy what I did.
So how can we enjoy homemaking?
# 1 - Let go of unrealistic expectations
Oh my word boy did my fantasies let me down. I was supposed to live in a cottage and own this and that before my journey started. But really, I just had unrealistic expectations. I had too much of a grip on my future that I forgot that it was the Lord who directed my path. Our homemaking journey’s or anything for that matter probably won’t start exactly how we imagine it to start but what has helped me the most is knowing that the Lord in His sovereignty has me exactly where He wants me to be and my job is to # 1 Glorify Him and # 2 do the best that I can with the situation I’m in.
# 2 - Cultivating an attitude of gratitude
This kind of ties in with number one. When things don’t go the way you’ve planned you’re more likely to complain and compare. I’m sure all of us at least have an idea how these things can steal our joy. Like I mentioned previously in a Instagram post, while it’s not inherently bad to dream about the future don’t focus too much on what could be that you forget about what is. Cultivate gratitude wherever you are. Choose to see the positive in everything no matter how bad it may look because it can always be worse. Luke 16:10, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much…”
# 3 - Order
God is a God of order and we see that all throughout history even to present day so it makes sense that we don’t thrive as much when our lives are in a disorderly fashion. Before you jump to conclusions, hear me out. I’m not saying get everything down to a t because that would also be miserable but in whatever season you’re in try creating a routine and create a routine that works for YOU. Not based off your friend Sally or your favorite influencer but YOU. And do you know one of the best ways to do that? Ask your family. After all, you do live with them. Find out what are important vs not so important and go from there. I use to stress so much over dinner. As someone who likes to be in the kitchen I can get out of control with my creativity that it harmed me and my family. At the time I always felt that something different needed to be on the table every day when truly my family could care less about what’s for dinner they only cared that there was dinner. So friends, create a routine that works for you and your family and go from there.
# 4 - Make the mundane lovely.
If you follow me on Instagram you knew this was coming. I believe every moment is uniquely beautiful including the mundane. So make it beautiful. It doesn’t have to be boring and you certainly don’t always have to dread doing it.
# 5 - Get dressed.
Getting dressed for the day can affect what and how we do things so much. If we’re always in our pjs we are more likely to be lazy, why? Because pjs were meant for bed. But if we get up and put on some of our favorite clothing we are much more likely to want to get up and do something productive. So get dressed friends, even if you’re staying home.
# 6 - You don’t HAVE to you GET to
This kind of ties in with # 2 but one key thing that I realized is that at any moment God can take everything away from me. I am deserving of nothing. I didn’t have to be blessed with the family I had it could have been way worse. So when you have to pick up that sock for the 1000th time remember you GET to do that.
# 7 - Switch things up a bit.
Get creative, learn new hobbies, experiment. Find something you like to do and carve out time to do so. Whether that’s learning a new hobby or maybe you have one that’s great!! Do it, experiment, create, and enjoy.
# 8 - Rest
We are not God Himself and while I don’t want to promote laziness, overworking yourself is just as bad. We can’t get everything done in one day friends. And depending on your to-do list you might not get it all done in a week. Yes we should steward our homes well but don't forget to steward your body well and rest when you need to. Maybe you’re in a season with littles or you’re battling illness, etc... You and the Lord know the full extent of what you’re dealing with/going through. Rest when needed to. I don’t know who needs to hear this but resting does not automatically equal to laziness.
# 9 - Progress not perfection
The goal is progress not perfection. We will never reach perfection but we can always improve. Instead of trying to be perfect, work on improving and setting small goals along the way. With the help of Christ we can be better.
# 10 - Do it all for the glory of God.
May everything we do be done for God’s glory. May we not do things for an applause or because an audience is watching but for Christ and Christ alone. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Do it for Him friends. There is so much joy that can come from doing it for His glory and not our own.
Thanks for sticking it out with me today friends. If this helped you in anyway would you consider liking this post? And if you have any tips don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments.
I apologize if there are any typos. I handle everything on my own and I'm on a time crunch so until I get an editor you may see some.
Until next time,