There’s Nothing New Under the Sun
These tips might be some that you’ve heard before, but I wanted to share some things that have been essential in my development as a self-taught homemaker.
- Thirty Second Rule: This is simple enough, and it helps with keeping your space clean and free of clutter. If a task takes 30 seconds (I would even say a minute or two) or less to complete, do it right away.
- Clutter breeds more clutter. I’m a pile-maker. If I have something to store, more often than not, I stick it in a pile. But you know what happens even if the room is clean? More piles. This goes back to number one. If it’ll take less than a few minutes, just handle the stuff right away.
- Building on the above two items, Have a place for everything (and everything in its place). This is something I am still implementing in my home but boy, is that statement true! One time I read something that said if you have a lot of clutter and you can’t seem to keep it away, it’s probably because your storage is used up by things you don’t actually use and the things you do use are out without a home. I’m not sure why but this was ground breaking for me. When I first decluttered my house, that’s exactly what I noticed. Unused, unwanted things in my storage areas, and my used items out in the open. Having a home for all the things we want and use, is the key to combating clutter.
- Take pride in your work and home. This came more easily when I understood how to do daily tasks that I never learned early in my life, but the basis remains the same. When we take pride in our home by doing the work, and investing into making it a functional and an enjoyable space, it’s just that, more enjoyable.
- It’s okay to fail, as long as you try again. If a routine or a system isn’t working in your home, stop doing it and try something else. It only gets more frustrating and defeating if you keep doing something that doesn’t work. It’s taken me ten years to get even the simplest thing practiced and efficient and I’m still working on a lot!
- Make a mental or written note about what you actually want your home to be and do. Hospitality, raising children, serving others, being a place that fosters creativity or beauty..etc.
- Communicate. Once you’ve got a focus and a hope for your home, communicate with your spouse and/or family. Also allow them to share hopes they have for your home too. Then, work together to make that vision come about. Come back to that desire when you’re making decisions and purchases for your home.
- Learn. If there’s something you don’t know how to do, learn how to do it. We live in the day and age when you can learn anything you put your mind to. YouTube, blogs, e-courses, books on nearly any subject! This really is how I learned homemaking and other things. I had to teach myself using the tools I had access to. This is why I share the resources that have helped me, because I know how challenging it is to learn a new skill (or a million).
- Keep only what is useful, important, enjoyable, or beautiful. This might sound a tad-bit trendy, but in reality, it makes a lot of sense. Why should we keep items that we don’t need, want, use, or love? It wastes energy and makes things a lot harder than they should be.
- Free (or cheap) is not always good. This might be a little bit surprising. Especially if you’ve read some of my other posts about thrifting and saving money. Over the years, we have received hand-me-down clothing, baby items, toys, you name it. And we were beyond blessed to be given them. But there came a time where I had to say no more free stuff. I had to gain control of what I already had. More than that, I had to know what I had and used, so that I could know what I need. This also goes for cheap stuff. There were times when I would buy something, like clothes for instance, just because it was cheap on clearance or something. But the truth was, I wasted so much money on things I didn’t wear or love. Yes, I love saving money, but I think when you buy only what you love, use, and enjoy, that saves money too.
I’d love to hear your tips that helped you become a better homemaker! I’m sure we can learn from each other.