My good friend and fellow homemaker, Angie is probably the only person I know who can make a simple meal into a feast, work full time and still raise three happy children in the gospel, play on facebook and still hold a social life...this chick is phenominal...and I have hooked her to share some of what she does best with us....note I say 'some' cos trust me, if I can talk for England, she can talk for America!! :)
Debbie asked me to write a guest blog post for her, but gave me no topic. LOL I've debated on what to post on and I decided on homemaking. Are you all shocked? With a blog called The American Homemaker what else would I post on?
Homemaking is something I absolutely love. I'm a single working mom of three and maybe not what you'd expect of the typical homemaker, but I don't think homemaking really has anything to do with being a stay-at-home mom anymore. There are too many situations today that put moms into the working world. I think homemaking is an attitude. The home is the most important place in the world for a family and what better person to take care of it than mom?
I think homemaking encompasses just about everything... cooking, baking, cleaning, shopping, decorating, marriage, sewing, kids, gardening, service, I could go on and on. Not everyone is talented in every homemaking aspect. That's what makes our relationships with each other so necessary. As woman we have the privilege and obligation to help each other out. We give advice, we listen to each other, we offer a shoulder to cry on. We, as homemakers, belong to a very special club. Whether you're a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, a wife, single, divorced, really any situation at all you are a homemaker. It's one of our divine roles as a woman. Embrace it! Improve on the skills that need improving and share the skills that you have perfected. Be proud of who you are! I know I am!
Here are 10 tips for successful homemaking in no particular order... I could have probably written 20 or 30 :)
-Keep on top of things. It's much easier to keep a house clean than it is to clean a messy house. Do dishes as you go, wipe down the sink and toilet every other day, etc. I'd much rather take an extra 5 minutes to do dishes as I go than to go back and do a whole days worth (especially because I have no dishwasher). Wipe down cupboards or chairs when you're waiting for something to cook. Run the vacuum during a commercial. I never have to spend a whole day (or even half a day) cleaning because I do everything as I go. It's a GREAT time saver.
-Keep a notepad on your fridge. Everyone in our house knows if we run out of something or are about to run out they add it to a list on the fridge. When I go shopping I tear the list off and throw it in my purse. I also take requests for meal ideas, snack ideas, etc. I love the cute things that end up on the list like "promision cheese" (parmesan cheese) or my absolute favorite... "a happy mom" :)
-Have a separate bag for church or school responsibilities. This is something I've always done. My church bag has everything in it I need for church, my school bag has my binder, important papers, etc. (for PTA), when we had a swim pass I kept a bag with goggles, ponytail holders, deodorant, swim passes, etc. Even in a small house it's been worth it to me to be able to grab my bag for wherever I'm going and head out the door. I hate wasting time trying to find everything I need for an outing.
-Cook extra meals and/or meats when you have a bit of time. These come in handy for those days when everything goes wrong and you need a meal quick. When I buy a big package of chicken breasts or hamburger I like to cook it up while I'm putting away groceries, then I can freeze it in already cooked in meal-sized portions. This saves a lot of time later and usually doesn't take extra time since I'm in the kitchen anyways.
-Do your chores before you relax. I don't even know how to relax when my house is a mess... LOL It haunts me. I will NEVER have a spotless house, but I do like it to be clean and uncluttered. I think perfection is something moms need to let go of. I don't want to live in a museum, I want to live in a house. I also want to have lots of down time and yes, even working 5 days and 3 nights a week I have a lot of down time. I do my stuff quickly so I can chill.
I hope you enjoyed the tips :)
The American Homemaker