Not long after I got married I realized that the work of a homemaker is never complete. There is no 9-to-5 work schedule. There are no days off for the weekends or holidays. There aren’t even meal breaks.
Instead, the sink fills with dishes every day—especially on weekends and holidays. The clothes hamper refills with dirty clothes as soon as I launder those that were in it. The baby needs to be nursed as soon as I get dinner on the table.
Sometimes I feel frustrated on Saturday afternoons when I prepare dinner while my husband snoozes on the sofa. Why don’t I get to nap? Actually, forget the nap. Can I just get an uninterrupted shower? My husband works very hard both at his job and at home, so I’m happy to let him rest. He’d say that I deserve this same opportunity, but I rarely have time to during this busy season.
Do you ever feel this way? Are you sometimes overwhelmed due to all of the homemaking tasks before you? I honestly believe that the endless work of homemaking can be managed well so we don’t feel this way. I’m not there yet, but here are some steps we can all take to better handle the demands of homemaking.
Strategies for managing the endless work of homemaking
- Cut yourself some slack. Everything does not have to be perfect. This is a very hard concept for me—a perfectionist—to embrace. It’s true, though. It’s okay to have company over even though I didn’t get the floor vacuumed. It’s okay to occasionally bake a frozen pizza for dinner or ask my husband to grab takeout because the baby was fussy and I didn’t get around to making a homemade dinner. Little imperfections like these are so inconsequential!
- Get organized. Being organized helps me get things done quickly and with minimal effort. What sort of organization benefits homemakers? Personally, I’ve found it very helpful to have a cleaning schedule, to menu plan, and to have a home management binder.
- Spend time with the Lord. I am better able to handle whatever life throws my way if I’ve taken time to read my Bible and pray. Finding time for this can be challenging, but it’s essential if I am to be patient and work diligently through the day. Additionally, this is one of the most important behaviors that I can model for my child.
- Make it fun. Some homemaking tasks just aren’t enjoyable. Some tasks aren’t that bad, but they can become boring. Simple things like listening to music or donning a pretty apron can make these more pleasant. Need additional ideas? Check out these ideas for making housecleaning tasks more enjoyable.
- Remind yourself why you’re a homemaker. I’m a homemaker because I believe the Lord has called me to be one for this season of my life. Keeping my home allows me to provide a safe, engaging environment in which I can raise my daughter. It allows me to take care of tasks around the house so my husband is free to go to work and provide for us financially. A good look into the eyes of my husband or daughter bolsters my enthusiasm for the tasks before me.
- Recharge yourself. When one becomes a mom, her child becomes her priority and she really gives up any claim to personal time. With that being said, we set ourselves up for failure if we don’t find ways to occasionally engage in activities that recharge us. Find some time (during naps, while the grandparents are visiting, etc.) to take a bath, read a book, or do whatever it is that recharges you.
What tips can you share for handling the endless work of homemaking?