10 Valuable Tips and Advice for the Brand New Homemaker

10 Valuable Tips and Advice for the Brand New Homemaker

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. I wanted to read 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.

Let me tell you, there aren’t that many. So I decided to create one!

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 is the tips and advice that I implement into my own homemaking. I’m hoping this post will benefit and encourage you, whether you’re new to the job or have been homemaking for years.

10 Valuable Tips and Advice for the Brand New Homemaker

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.

⇒Get Dressed⇐

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, am I 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.

10 Valuable Tips and Advice for the Brand New Homemaker

⇒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 and try, learn to perfect them and create some family favourites!

10 Valuable Tips and Advice for the Brand New Homemaker

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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!

⇒Keep Lists⇐

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!

(Revised: 6.20.2019)

Photo Credit:
Annie Spratt|Rebecca Grant

  • Kimberly


    These are great tips. I definitely need to start doing some of these. But I agree that making your bed makes your day feel productive!

    • Nikki

      It’s amazing how such a simple task can impact you for the rest of your day!

  • Stylkwik


    I have been married for so long. I wish I had this advice before. But still never too late. I will still try some of things like keeping the house clean little difficult with my 2yr old but I will try. And getting dressed and taking some time for me.
    This blog is very informative. Thank you.

    • Nikki

      It’s totally okay of you’re house is messy from time to time, especially when you have little ones! Don’t be too hard on yourself when you cannot get it done. 🙂 Thank you!

  • Corey


    So very true all of it. I need to start doing these things I love your photos too 😍

    • Nikki

      Thank you 😁

  • Jackline


    Loving all your tips. I am a new stay at home mom and run a blog. I struggle with balancing all the new duties I have now. This post was very helpful in helping to establish a routine.

    • Nikki

      I’m in the same boat, so I know how you feel. Thanks for commenting ❤️

  • Kairavi


    I guess as much as getting dressed helps decirating and bringing in new stuff like candles, incense, curtains keeps us engrossed. Routines also help me a lot. Thanks.

    • Nikki

      Yup! Definitely! Thanks for your comment!

  • Lauren


    These are some great tips! I need to start making the bed in the morning! That has been a habit I have wanted to start for a while!

  • Katie


    Great tips! I have one more week of work and then I’ll be a stay at home mom. Definitely going to be referring back to your tips- especially making the bed! That’s one I need to start doing!

  • Kat|Kat Charles Blog


    Solid advice! Making the bed totally sets the tone for my day. I also agree with the evening routine. I need to revamp mine. Thank you for sharing!

  • Brooks


    I totally wouldn’t consider myself a homemaker, but I still think these are super important! I never make my bed 🙈 i still remember when my mom would always nag us to make our beds each morning. I’d wonder why, when I’m just gonna mess it up again that night 😂 but I think I’m gonna try it!

  • Amanda


    I love #2! It seems so obvious, but it has such a huge impact on how my day plays out!!

  • Asma


    I love love your ideas. Especially no.2 is so obvious yet so important!!

  • Rachel


    These tips are on the one hand, very matter-of-fact but on the other, one of those things you need to hear over and over again because we just forget or we get lazy and lose motivation to keep up all the time. I used to be a working mom but now I’m a stay-at-home mom and building a routine is the hardest because I seem to just wing it most days.
    Great tips and refreshers

  • Bailey


    Making your bed every morning is so simple, but such a game-changer!

  • Jessica


    Great list! I am a stay at home mom and it took me a while to figure out what to do with my day but this pretty much sums up the general activities. (Besides balance with child care) admittedly I suck at the getting dressed part too. I wear my comfy pj’s all day until right before my man gets home then I rush to make myself presentable lol.

  • Bethany


    Yes to all of these!! I need my routines, cleaning schedule and to get going each day to maintain my house.

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