Let’s face it, there are just some days when it’s hard to find the motivation to be in love with our homemaking ministries.
Things just seemed to have piled up. There are a million things to do and not enough of you to do them. Since you can’t clone yourself and get them all done, we’ll just have to think of some other strategies to help us not only stay motivated but to actually LOVE our homemaking.
If you’re anything like me, then your indicator of love for your work is when you actually look forward to it and can’t wait to get started.
The tips that I’m sharing with you today, are suggestions that I have found that have helped me to look forward to my contribution.
As a bonus tip, let me just say that the very first thing that I did to fall in love with my homemaking journey was to see the importance of my work. It wasn’t until I was able to see the long-term value of what I was doing that I actually began to look forward to it. It’s my legacy!
Here are my 10 Tips for Loving Your Homemaking
1.) Make time to regularly delve into God’s word and rely on His promises to us. This is where you will find strength and purpose in our humble, yet life-giving work.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
Here, Paul reveals to us how he was able to not only endure his hardships and weaknesses but to delight in them because Christs’ power is made perfect in weaknesses. Let these scriptures settle in your heart…and then move forward.
2.) Having a plan or schedule. I know that not everyone is a planner. I get it. I didn’t learn the importance of planning until I was in my second year of college. The skill is SO important that now, most public schools incorporate time management and planners as a part of their core curriculum for students.
I find that having a super cute, yet functional calendar/planner helps me to stay motivated to plan my weeks. I’m a very nostalgic person, so I love the idea of using a memory planner, where I can actually document my day-to-day happenings as a sort of keepsake and memoir. I recently invested in the Classic Happy Planner and I have to say I absolutely LOVE IT!! I haven’t had it long enough to write a thorough review, but I will in a few months. You can take a look at the one I purchased here though…It’s gorgeous!
When we have a schedule, we can plan out what’s coming and be prepared for it. We can determine the direction of our days, weeks, and months (God’s will). This lessens our anxiety and gives us a sense of structure.
Hence, we’ll be happier and are free to love our ministries at home.
3.) Be productive. Many times when we are not finding joy in our work, guilt is the culprit. We feel as though we didn’t accomplish something that we needed too. A load of laundry didn’t get done, you’ve been meaning to organize the garage and haven’t, or you’re just getting around to Spring cleaning in October.
First and foremost, we can’t hold on to guilt from leftover chores and to-do-list items. You are only one person. This is where having a plan comes in. It’s best to schedule 3-5 top-priority items to get done each day and then do those things first. Here are my Top Three must-dos if you’re curious.
Go ahead and do those things each day and add one extra item per day. It’s important that we feel accomplished in our work and be forward moving.
Bigger projects may need to be broken down into smaller, doable chunks until the task is done. Give yourself ample time to complete the project. You may need to track your progress in a more formal way by using a project tracker. Set a completion date. There are people that get paid big bucks to do exactly this. I bring this up because if there is a whole profession for it, it must be necessary…right?
Being productive will provide a deep sense of satisfaction on a daily basis. However, do not beat yourself up when you can not. Embrace days that need to be chill days and get back on track when you’re ready…without any guilt. This will help you to be more in love with your work.
4.) Taking care of yourself. This is a big one. I know you have probably heard this a million times, but that’s because it’s true… and it’s something that I discuss a lot.
When we are feeling good about ourselves, we are simply happier. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant.
A simple bubble bath or shower, at -home manicure and/or pedicure, a facial mask (and you can pick up some great ones super cheap at Target), experiment with a new hairstyle or lip color. Enjoy pampering yourself.
Be sure to get up and get dressed for your day. You’re going to feel ready to conquer towers of laundry!
Sometimes, it’s more of a mental break that’s needed. Plan time for yourself. Get the Mister in on carving out some time for you to have some alone time. You can find more ideas for self-care here.
5.) Do something that will make someone else’s day. If you are a homemaker, you probably have a nurturing demeanor and a giving heart. You find joy in caring for others in one way or another. Use that gift.
Doing something that you know will put a smile on someone’s face provides us with a deep sense of joy.
Simple everyday things like preparing a special treat for the children when they arrive home, or on the weekend. Sending a hand-written note to a friend or someone from your church. Leaving a bouquet of flowers for a neighbor.
I have an awesome list of 28 ideas for this rewarding part of our homemaking journey, you can download your completely free copy at the bottom of this page…check it out!
6.) Get organized. Staying organized is one of the best ways to love your homemaking ministry. If you’ve ever struggled to find anything in your home, a needed letter, your keys, or a sock when you needed it then you know how sanity-saving this ONE principal can be.
Start by making sure that every-single-thing has a home in your house. If it doesn’t then create one for it. I have found that labels work wonders for staying organized, and can be quite a fun hobby (if you’re into that sort of thing).
I absolutely LOVE having my food in clear containers that not only keep them fresh but also allows me to see how much I have in a quick glance. This helps me to plan my grocery shopping with ease.
In addition, I like to use several different storage solutions in my pantry specifically because it adds interest to an otherwise blah-kinda space.
I use storage solutions that are not only functional but also add to the space in each room of my home.
I’ll write more about these as I continue writing in my new online home, but for now, let me just say this. Staying organized provides so much peace of mind that it naturally lends itself to loving your homemaking.
Now “staying” organized is a whole other topic all together;)
7.) Play some oldie but goodies. I have to tell you, growing up in Michigan I’m a die-hard Motown girl at heart. I LOVE just about everything that originated from “Hitsville U.S.A.
When I’m in particular need for a little pick-me-up I’ve been known to ask Alexa to play my jams!
Create a playlist that’s just for getting you motivated to get moving. Before you know it you will have cleaned the entire house and still have the energy to spare.
8.) Decorate or re-arrange a space in your home. This is probably the most fun of all the tips that I’ve mentioned. Decorating or re-arranging furniture and accessories seems to just magically make you fall in love with your home and the role of homemaking.
There is just something about beautifying a space.
If the budget is tight, plan a DIY project. Something as simple as making a handmade throw pillow or painting some flower pots will feel good.
I love picking up a few supermarket blooms and giving them a new home in a vase or other pretty container. Fresh flowers seem to add the “smile” to a home…right!?
Create a project planner using a 3 ring binder and place a tab in it for every room of your home. Next, heading on over to Pinterest to find some great ideas for the room that you want to work on. Write down a few project ideas on a sheet of paper or index card to include in your binder. Then write out a list of the materials that you will need to complete your project. You can even print out a picture of the image(s) that you are using of inspiration.
Just the process of planning your decorating projects can motivate you in your homemaking.
9.) Remember your WHY. When I first came home from the workforce, I knew I wanted to be home for my husband and children. I knew that I didn’t want to keep missing out on important milestones and events in my kids’ lives. However, after the first few months of being home, I began to feel lonely. Unimportant. Maybe even a little taken for granted. I certainly was not happy.
It wasn’t until I received an urgent phone call from my son’s school for me to get there quickly that I began to appreciate being home again. Then another time when my daughter had a concert she was performing in, and the God just started showing me all of the things that I would have missed out on working in my previous position, and I felt so very thankful.
Your “why” is the driving force behind your homemaking ministry. It will give you the motivation that you need when you are struggling. It will empower you to appreciate what you are gaining from being a homemaker but also the view your contribution as an important legacy to your family and society.
10.) Invest in learning a new skill. Lord knows that I love me some YouTube! I can go on there and watch for hours on end. I love learning new skills that help me in my journey of homemaking. There are so many crafters that provide tutorials on just about everything from origami to quilting to woodworking.
I must confess though, all of the ads on YouTube can get a little annoying if you aren’t willing to invest in the Red version. I’ve found that I’ve had to look in other places when I’m really trying to focus on learning a new skill. There are a few other platforms that I enjoy learning without distractions. They are paid sites but the fee is minimal.
I must admit that Skillshare is my favorite. This is not a sponsored post or anything, just my honest opinion. When I started my subscription with Skillshare, they were offering 2 months free! You get access to all of the classes that you want and let me tell you, there is some valuable content on there.
I’ve taken every kind of class imaginable on Skillshare, photography, watercolor, writing, sewing…you name it!
I’ve also taken several classes on Udemy. I’ve paid for a few classes individually and they even have some free classes as well. I won’t go into too much detail about Udemy because it’s been awhile since I’ve taken a class with them, and therefore wouldn’t be able to provide you with a more thorough opinion. I will say that several of the classes didn’t seem to be of the higher quality classes that I get from Skillshare. But that is just my opinion.
Learning a new skill gives you something to look forward too. When I decided to sew a new throw pillow for my living area, I was so excited to get going with the project. When it was finished, I was excited to see how beautiful it looked in my home. I was ready to start my next one and was much more confident in my ability to create the next one.
That confidence will grow. Each new skill that you develop to enhance your homemaking will make you happier in your journey.
Well, There You Have It!
My ten helpful tips on how to love your homemaking! It is my hope that you find encouragement in this post. I know that I needed encouragement when I wasn’t loving my homemaking journey. Sometime’s we just need a little reminder of why we are doing something. Sometimes we just need a friend to say “girl, you got this!” I’m that friend for you today!
I would love to hear your thoughts on these 10 helpful tips…do you have any other tips that help you to happily thrive in your homemaking journey? Leave a comment below! Don’t forget to share this content if you enjoyed it and/or found it helpful…Thank you, friend!
Blessings, and Happy Homemaking!