The start of a new year is a great time to reevaluate our current habits and choices, especially when it comes to homemaking. Sometimes the thought of all we as homemakers have to do can be overwhelming, especially for those who do not find it a natural chore. Today I am sharing my personal homemaking resolutions as well offering suggestions that you may be interested in.
1 | De-cluttering
Last year I attempted to get rid of clutter from every room in my house over the course of a couple months. It was successful at the time, but I find I still have too much stuff so I am going to work on slowly going through every box and bin in the house to see what can go. This will likely be mostly clothes and media, such as books and movies, but I am also planning to tackle the linen closet and hopefully my husband will have time to sort through all his tools and garage items.
2 | Sticking to a daily chore schedule.
When I was newly married I would focus on cleaning one room per day in hopes of creating a routine. But life got busy, and soon I was trying to cram all my cleaning into one day, which worked, but left me with not much free time on the weekend. I have found that I am more productive if I can stay busy all day, so my goal is to clean everything in the morning each day (dust, sweep, clean kitchen and bathroom, fold laundry, etc) so that I am finished by mid afternoon. I’m also going to focus on more thorough cleaning, including the spare rooms we do not use.
3 | Creating a hospitable home
I enjoy having company, but admittedly my home is not always ready to receive guests. Using my own advice from another post I am going to make sure I stick to my daily cleaning, try to stockpile baked goods, and continue changing out of pjs each day into real clothes. I want to be ready for guests who may drop by unexpectedly but also for those who have planned visits. Additionally, I am going to spend time in the spring and summer ensuring my gardens look nice and welcoming. This may sound like an odd thing to do in regards to hospitality, but I want to create a good first impression on guests, and that begins with outside!
4 | Get back into meal planning
We grocery shop once a month, and I used to spend hours planning for that trip! I’d scour my cook books and the internet for new recipes to try, take inventory of the pantry and freezer, and divide my shopping list into sections. However, over time I stopped doing most of the prep work and just stuck to a basic shopping list to make meals we knew and liked. I want to get back into meal planning because I tend to get bored with my meals, and would like to make interesting dishes I look forward to eating. I am also going to try to eat from my freezer to help save money at the store. My husband hunts so we have a sizable amount of game in the freezer, and I know there are liters of homemade soup stock that needs to be used up! Using up the frozen food we already have will help us save money each month because that is less food we need to purchase.
Ideas for you:
1 | If you have not already, create a daily or weekly chore schedule
If you like, take a walk though each room in your home and make note of areas to clean. For example, your bathroom notes might read something like “wipe down counters, empty trash, scrub toilet, change hand towel…” while your bedroom chores might include “dust dresser, pick up all laundry from floor, straighten side tables…”. If you find each list is too long to tackle every single day, then aim to clean one room per day.
2 | Focus on creating tidy living spaces
It is easy for clutter to gather in the areas we spend the most time, so aim to keep your living room and kitchen areas clear. This could mean emptying the dishwasher right away, keeping books and magazines straightened, making sure laundry is put away, etc.
3 | Find a homemaking mentor if you feel overwhelmed
Not everyone is gifted in the art homemaking, so asking for help is okay! It can be a daunting task, but having someone to guide you will make it less scary.
4 | Get your budget under control
If you are the primary budgeter/financial planner in your family now is a good time to reevaluate your spending and saving. Look for ways to cut excess spending (do you need to eat out every week?), see if you can sell items you no longer need on consignment, determine what services you really need (we do not have a TV provider, but pay less than $10 a month for Netflix, which was cheaper for us). There are many great resources online to help you budget. If you are NOT the one in charge of finances, you can still do your part for the budget! For example, you can be mindful of what you purchase or research some budgeting ideas to share with your husband.
Whew, we covered a lot, didn’t we? Hopefully this post does not overwhelm you, but rather encourages you to take small steps towards being the kind of homemaker you want to be!