There are many tasks that a homemaker is expected to know how to do, the Bible even lists out many in Proverbs 31. In my years of blogging I have noticed that homemakers are often pressured to master every single basic homemaking skill; from cooking to cleaning, sewing to menu planning, we are expected to be a rockstar at each skill.
But you guys...it’s simply impossible for every person to be a master at everything. Brush off those unrealistic expectations because the only person who could master every homemaking skill is the Proverbs 31 woman, and she’s not even real! She’s just an example of a “perfect” homemaker, an example of what we should strive to be like. But we need to understand that we are not actually expected to perfect every homemaking skill. (tweet that!)
Instead, I suggest you strive to be familiar with the basic homemaking skills. Don’t expect yourself to be amazing at everything, we all have different interests and skill sets so we are all good at different things. Life would be so boring and we’d never have anything new to learn if we were all amazing at everything.
So what skills should all homemakers be familiar with? I’m glad you asked!
P.S. Stick around for the end of the post, I have a truly epic freebie for you, to help you practice basic homemaking skills.
Basic Homemaking Skills
1. Building a Positive Home Atmosphere
As mamas and homemakers, we not only manage the household but because we spend the most time around the home (in most cases), we also set the atmosphere in the home. Have you noticed that if you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed, the rest of your family feels it as well? Or if you’re happy and full of joy, the rest of your family feels the same.
Proverbs 24:3-4 (MSG) says, “It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set it on a firm foundation; It takes knowledge to
furnish its rooms with fine furniture and beautiful draperies.”
With our actions and demeanor and words, we can change the atmosphere in our home in an instant. Learn more in my post about building a positive home atmosphere, by clicking here.
I’m not gonna lie, I struggle with this one. Cleaning tends to overwhelm me a bit and when I get overwhelmed I just shut down. I am definitely not a master when it comes to cleaning. And that’s okay! However, I have learned some tips and tricks along the course of my homemaking journey.
Creating a cleaning routine has been a lifesaver for our family, otherwise I’d totally forget to clean things like the toilet (my least favorite task) every week. I have an entire post dedicated to creating a cleaning checklist and routine (with freebies, of course!), you can visit that post here.
I love interior decorating! When I was in elementary and middle school I was a total interior decorating nerd. No, seriously. An interior decorating nerd. I watched all of the interior design TV shows, one Christmas my parents even got me a Trading Spaces beach towel and a While You Were Out t-shirt, and I even had a cheap interior design computer software/game thing. I was an interior design nerd. I still love decorating but I do struggle with being content with a toddler-friendly decor scheme. AKA having no decor items within my toddler’s reach and having walls with scratches on them from toy cars. What I do love are the paint colors in my home. I kept things bright and bold when I chose my paint colors (joyfulhomemakersclub.com/blog/2015/01/new-house-colors) and I love the result.
Find a style and make it work in your home. Unless you have a large budget, it will most likely take you awhile to fully decorate your home, we’ve been in our home almost 2 ½ years at this point and there are still decorating items on my to-do list (having a baby seems to suck up a lot of my decorating budget).
Keeping your home organized when you have kids is very tricking. If your toddler is anything like mine, it’s nearly impossible to keep things organized. Every single time we put books back on his book shelf, he pulls them all off in ten seconds. Not even exaggerating.
The key to staying organized is decluttering regularly, you don’t have to be an extreme minimalist (we definitely are not minimalists) but get rid of things you don’t use regularly or that you don’t need. In the fun freebie I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I have an awesome decluttering checklist to help you declutter your entire house! Stick around for the end of the post to learn more.
5. Cooking + Baking
These are the skills that I enjoy the most and that I’m best at (though I know that I have PLENTY of room for improvement!). Aside from knowing how to cook and bake, homemakers should be familiar with menu planning (learn more about menu planning here) and with building an intentional kitchen.
And that is the perfect segue into the freebie I’ve been hinting at!
I present to you, the Homemaking Basics Toolkit!
This 100% free toolkit includes:
✓ Tips for creating a positive home atmosphere
✓ A list of items you should have in your cleaning cabinet
✓ A lesson on creating a cleaning routine
✓ Tips for decorating on a budget
✓ A quiz to help you find the perfect paint colors for your home
✓ An organizing quick guide
✓ A decluttering checklist
✓ A lesson on building an intentional kitchen
✓ Lessons on cooking from scratch
✓ Kitchen cheat sheets
✓ Menu planning lessons
✓ and a quiz to help you find a scripture to meet you at right where you are
Whew! That was a big list to type out!
You can get all of the goodies in this toolkit by clicking here to sign up for it!
Sign up for the toolkit and practice some of these basic homemaking skills. Then, come back here and tell me what you think of this epic freebie! I’d also love to know what your favorite homemaking tasks are and which ones are not so much your favorite.