I’ll admit, as a brand new homemaker, I searched through Pinterest for various blog posts about what homemakers did in their day to day lives. Sounds silly, right? I had to research what being a stay-at-home wife was like and what they did. I knew what I learned from my mother and other married women, but I honestly did want to know what other homemaker’s lives looked like, their tips and tricks and inspiring words. It was very interesting to see how different every woman’s day-to-day lives looked like. But I was looking for the ‘brand new homemaker’ blogs, young wives who were similar to myself.
After spending a few days searching and reading plenty of homemaker blogs – from both old and young, from the brand new homemaker to those who are well experienced – I put all their tips and advice, combined with everything I learned, into practice. I figured out what works for me and what keeps me going every day, without feeling bored or burnt out.
Everything I’ve written just for you, are the tips and advice that I implement into my own homemaking, that help me stay productive and have a successful day and week. I’m hoping this post will benefit and encourage you (whether you’re new to the job or have been homemaking for years), for the young wife, the brand new homemaker, who may come across this post when their time comes.
10 Valuable Tips and Advice for the Brand New Homemaker
Make Your Bed Every Morning
The first thing that every brand new homemaker should do is make the bed. Making your bed first thing in the morning gives you that boost for the day. Some of you may already make your bed, and some may not. If you do, great, you have a head start. If you don’t, trust me, you will feel productive and satisfied when you do. I can’t say that you may feel the same as I do, but when I go to my bedroom at the end of the day and see a neatly made bed, it makes me smile and excited to crawl under those neatly made covers. It’s also a lovely touch when you have throw blankets and pillows on it, too.
Do not hang around in your pyjamas all day. Of course, you can still be productive. Who doesn’t want to hang out in their pyjamas? I felt like that once, but trust me, that feeling disappears and gets old quickly. It is best that when breakfast is done and your cup of coffee or tea finished, pick out a comfortable outfit for the day. Whether it be leggings, sweatpants, an oversized sweater, or a loose dress, you will feel so much better. I usually go for light dresses when I’m doing chores, and wear an apron so that my clothing doesn’t get dirty. Think 1950’s housewife. That’s me, just without the heels.
Getting dressed gives you that little boost to get going. It’s like when you put on lipstick or a pair of heels; you feel as if you can take over the world, that you can tackle anything. Plus, homemaking is a job! It’s your career and a significant one at that. You wouldn’t go to the office wearing a nightgown and a robe, right? So in a way, show some respect for yourself, your home, and your family, by at least changing into something other than your sleepwear.
Have a Cleaning Routine
When it comes to cleaning the house, have a rough routine. It’s not necessary to be strict about it, but knowing what you plan on doing each day will help you organize your schedule. Be sure to spread out cleaning tasks, so that you will have time to run errands, arrange appointments, work on your business, and if you have children, work around their routine or school schedule.
Tackle the Laundry
Be sure to tackle the laundry at least once or twice a week. If you have children or a larger family, you may need to do this more often. Do not let the piles of clothing, towels, and sheets accumulate. It will be a struggle to catch up. I like to dedicate one of the weekdays specifically for laundry, where I run full loads and iron it all once finished. I struggle at times to do this, but if you push yourself to get it done, you will feel so relieved to get it done.
Learn a New Skill
Learn something new! It can either be a hobby or something that will benefit you and your family. Some ideas are sewing, knitting, quilting or crocheting. These are excellent skills to have if you need to repair clothing or need to create a dress or costume, quilt a blanket or even sew little dolls for your kids. Research how to do food canning for veggies and fruits, or learn how to make homemade jam. If you are not a baker, try some new recipes, learn to perfect them and create some family favourites!
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Have an Evening Routine
Evening routines are just as important as a daily cleaning routine. Plan a time when dinner will be ready, complete any last minute tasks, and finish up your work for the day. Be sure to spend some time with your hubby, watch a movie together or talk to each other. If you have children, plan your evening routine around them. Have some family time, read a story, do a little bible study together, or play a board game. Make sure they finish their homework, let them play or watch a movie before bed, and of course, have a bedtime routine. Give yourself some time to relax, too. I wrote a post about preparing the evening before to make the next day more manageable for you, so definitely check it out!
Now, I know that lists don’t work for everyone. However, if you’re someone like me who forgets the little things or have a fleeting thought and it’s gone in a minute, write it down. Make grocery lists, cleaning lists, to do lists, and whatever else you want. Even lists such as positive affirmations or encouraging bible verses that you think will get you through the day, post them around the house as little reminders.
Learn to Prioritize
Figure out what is important and what can wait. Don’t be too hard on yourself and try to stick to the schedule. If the dishes don’t get done till later, don’t worry about it. Don’t have time to make the bed because you need to run out the door, leave it. Last minute plans with friends, say yes and take a break. If you have something more important to do, prioritize that, and the rest can wait. But if you have a commitment, or you told yourself you need to finish this particular task, then make it a priority.
Be Sure to Have Time for Yourself
Always be sure to take care of you, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Treat yourself! Do things that make you happy, whether that be shopping, reading a book, getting a manicure, anything that you enjoy doing. Know that it’s okay to rest and recharge your mind. If you need a break or have to ask for help, do it!
There’s a lot of trial and error when you are a brand new homemaker and just starting to figure out your routines and what works for you. If it makes you feel better, I’ve been a part of the game for almost a year now, and I’m still changing things up and trying new things to make my homemaking better for my family and manageable for myself. Good luck, ladies!