Guest post from Leigh Ann Dutton
I quit my office job to be a stay-at-home-wife when I was in my first trimester of pregnancy. I didn’t know the first thing about homemaking, at least not full-time homemaking. Without hesitation, I called my grandmother (aka, Mamaw) and begged for tips on how to make a house a home. She’s going to be embarrassed, but I’m going to share her homemaking wisdom with you.
Grandmaw’s Tried and True Homemaking Tips that Work:
1. Get up and get dressed.
Don’t stay in your pajamas all day and expect to be productive. Not to mention, you never know when someone may call on you. Comb your hair, brush your teeth, and put your shoes on, you have a house to keep, children to feed, and a husband to kiss. She didn’t say that last part, but I’ve seen her kiss my Papaw. They didn’t get four kids without kissing, I tell ya’. So get dressed.
2. Treat homemaking as a full-time job.
Homemaking is a full-time job. Treat it like one. The home is your domain to keep and tend. Just as there are things that must get done in the office, there are must-dos at home. Do them every day even if it already looks clean.
3. Be done by 10am.
There are daily chores that you should do every day: make your bed, wipe your bathroom counters, pick-up dirty clothes, do the dishes, sweep the floors, and shine your sink. You will have your own routine. Stick to it and be done by 10 o’clock. People will start calling and there are other things you will need to do. Don’t waste all day on these easy tasks.
4. Stick to the work week.
Housekeeping is for Monday through Friday. Saturdays are for family. Sundays are for the Lord. Enjoy the weekend.
5. Children come before housework.
There will be times your husband will leave for work and return to a house that looks the same or worse than when he left it. You can’t keep a doll house all the time, and that has to be okay! Tend to the babies first and get a towel from the dryer for your shower. Love your babies and care for them as only you, their mother, can do. It is such a short season.
6. Do what works for you.
Always remember, everyone is different and everyone likes to give their opinions. Just listen, and then, do what works for you. Half the time, the person who gave you the advice won’t know, or care, what you ended up doing. Your home is your domain. Don’t compare it to others. Make it a place you enjoy!
What do you think? Do you think grandmaw’s tips are worth adopting for your home?
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