10 Ways To Master Your Homemaking Skills

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Homemaking matters.  Even in the twenty-first century while the world tempts us to spend more time away from our homes doing “important” things and being “productive,” we still understand that a peaceful home leads to a peaceful heart.

We still care that our homes are clean and presentable, that our husbands, family and friends enjoy being there with us, and that we manage them to the best of our abilities–even though none of us are perfect.  And it’s only when we realize that we cannot achieve perfection–nor are we required to–that we really start to enjoy the process.

I know that my home will never be perfect–but it’s put together with warm thoughts and loving service.  I believe that this is the reason we all enjoy spending our time here, and why I long to live my role as a homemaker to the fullest.  I enjoy the process of being a good steward in my home and responsible for the peaceful nature.  As such, I always enjoy learning from other homemakers that are doing well and loving their roles as homemakers as well.  There is so much we can learn from each other.

Here are ten areas we can work on to master our roles as keepers of the home, and over eighty resources to help us learn and love the journey.  (Some of these are affiliate links.)

10 ways to master your homemaking with over 80 resources to do it with. If there's ever been an area of your homemaking you want to work on (or master), you've got to read this!

Budgeting

Part of the Proverbs 31:11 wife is having control of the finances.  This means not getting out of control with debt and spending, as well as knowing how to use provided finances to glorify God.

Here are a few resources to check out to help with responsible budgeting:  Family Budget Challenge by Shannon Brown, Frugal Fresh Start by Stephanie Jones, Kids’ Responsibility & Money Management Kit by Stephanie Morgan, Punch Plastic in the Face by Kimberlee Stokes

DIY/Homemade

We don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make a few homemade cleaners and even a few gifts.  Making our own soaps, preserving our own foods, and making gifts with love are at the heart of every homemaker.  But what if you aren’t creative or don’t know how to make your own cleaners?  Here’s a list of helps to get you started.

Canning, Pantry & Food Preservation Planner by Lisa Barthuly at Molly Green Magazine, Easy Homemade by Mandi Ehman, Homestead Simplicity: Natural Clean by Lisa Barthuly, Natural Beauty Recipes by Desi Ward, Thinking Outside the Gift Box by Lauren Lanker.

Faith

The devil knows one of the ways to attack a homemaker is to tell her she isn’t good enough.  And so many of us have fallen for this at times.

My house isn’t clean enough.  My children aren’t wearing nice enough clothes.  I didn’t bake a homemade meal for my family tonight.  My husband had to buy a lunch because I didn’t prepare one for him this morning.  I’m a failure.

Unfortunately, this attack works.  Many homemakers loose their joy in their homes.  They live with guilt.  Left long enough, they live with depression and low self-esteem.  It is imperative for the homemaker to look to Jesus rather than herself to help her and heal her pains.  If this is you, and you’d like some help, here are a few resources to help you find joy and peace in your homemaking–putting Jesus at the center instead of ourselves.  (And there are some great bible studies for kids & teenagers in here too.)

Beautifully Broken: Finding Joy and Purpose in the Pain by LaToya Edwards, Developing a Quiet Time: A Biblical Study for Kids by Kimberly Sourgius, Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year by Haley Stewart, Grace Goals by Arabah Joy, Live for Him: 7 ­Day Scripture Study by Leigh Ann Dutton, Losing It by Trisha Gilkerson, Mom’s Book of Thanks by Heather Bowen, Prayer Practice for Kids (for teenagers) by Rachel Ramey, Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A to Z by Carisa Hinson, Rediscovering Joy in Motherhood by Jenn Thornson, Stop Settling for Overwhelmed by Kayse Pratt, The Dig for Kids: Proverbs by Ruth Schwenk, The Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal by Crystal Brothers, Cake Decorating with Modeling Chocolate by Kristen Coniaris, Cake Stand by Quinn Veon, Plan a Fabulous Party by Mary Carver, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu

In The Kitchen

Do you ever struggle in the kitchen?  I have to say I did pretty good until kid # 3 or 4… For me that’s when planning got harder.  I had to adjust everything from my budget to the time of day.  It wasn’t quick and easy, but after planning out a course of action, we’ve got a schedule and most of the time, a menu.

If you’ve ever found it hard to plan meals, or even budget them, then take a look at these find resources.

Dinner at Home by Anjanette Barr, Little Owls Meal Planning Printables & Recipe Cards by Mollie Johanson, Plan It, Don’t Panic by Stephanie Langford, Slash Your Grocery Budget and Eat a Whole Foods Diet with Aldi by Carrie Willard, The Grocery Shrink by Angela Coffman, Tiny Owl Guide to Hospitality by Nina Nelson.

Marriage

For some women, marriage is their first step into really thinking about their homemaking on a day to day basis.  The Proverbs 31 woman keeps her house peaceful, and part of that is nurturing her marriage.  Here are a couple things to encourage your marriage.

175 Best Date Ideas by Alida Quittschreiber, 30 Day Marriage Challenge by Becky Moseley, 30 Days of Loving Your Man by Caroline Allen, The Magic Cake by Jennifer Lehr.

Motherhood

Once we’ve kept peace in our marriage, the next step is to keep peace when we add children to our family.  And this isn’t always easy.  Included in this list is a resource for couples struggling with infertility.  I’d say this list covers most of the struggles both physical and mental that mothers have.

Adoption Options by Elizabeth Ehlen, Deliberate Mothering Podcastsby Saren Loosli, Guilt Free Motherhood by Amber Khan, Help Baby Sleep by Janeen Maxwell, Mindset for Moms by Jamie Martin, My Life as a Middle School Mom by Angela Hunt, Raising Kids You Actually Like by Sheila Wray Gregoire at To Love, Honor & Vacuum, Rhythms, Routines & Schedules by Rachel Norman.

Organizing

By far, this is the area most homemakers will willingly admit they need help with. Here are some amazing resources to help us keep things clean and organized.

2016 Motivated Moms Chore Planner by Susan Cramer, 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life by Ruth Soukup, All About Laundry by Tawra Kellam, Cleaning Around the Seasons by Becky Rapinchuk, Cozy Minimalist Mom by Myquillyn Smith, Family Systems by Hilary Erickson, It’s About Time by Aby Garvey, Make Over Your Calendar by Crystal Paine, Simplify by Victoria Osborn, Simplifying Home by Trina Cress, Sweet Life Planner {Mint Edition} by Laura Smith, Teaching Kids to Clean by Dana White, The “Get Your Life Back” Organizational Bundle by Whitney Cornelison, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Homemaking by Kalyn Brooke .

Recipes

I don’t care if you’re Betty Crocker–no woman ever has enough recipes.  Here are some of the newest recipes on the market right now.

25 Sweet Treats for Summer by Dena Norton, 80 Green Thickies Recipes by Katherine Kyle, 81 Quick and Easy Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes by Jordan Page, A Month of Good Enough for Company Meal Plans by Jessica Fisher, Crockpot Chicken Freezer Meals eCookbooks by Kelly McNelis and Jill Petrush Rogers, Emergency Meals by Beth Cranford, Frugal Real Food Meal Plans: Summer by Tiffany Terczak, Healthy Make ­Ahead Breakfast Recipes by Kelly Roenicke, Healthy School Lunches Made Simple by Kresha Faber, Kids Cook Real Food Recipe eBook by Katie Kimball, Miracle Dough by Tiffany Edwards, Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Vol. 1 by Tiffany King, Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Vol. 2 by Tiffany King, Soups, Chili’s and Stews by Lynn Walls

Self-Care

I don’t know any homemaker who (at least in the beginning of her journey) doesn’t neglect taking care of herself.  Wives and mothers put their husbands and children first.  And usually, they are so tired by the time this is done, that self-care gets neglected.

Some homemakers are able to pull themselves out of the slump early, and some get stuck in the rut.  If you are stuck in the rut, or you know a woman who is, these are some excellent helps and encouragements.  (Included are some coloring books for mommies too!)

6 Pillars of Well­ Being; Establishing a Thriving Self­ Care Practice by Lisa Byrne, Animals: A Grown­ Up Coloring Book by Amy Blevins, Color Me Inspired Volume No. 1 by Dawn Nicole Warnaar, Color Me Inspired Volume No. 2 by Dawn Nicole Warnaar, Experts on Diastasis Recti by Beth Learn, Jumpstart Your Creativity by Jennie Moraitis, My Weight Loss Success Plan by Sarah Robinson, The Housework Action Pack by Jennifer Hoffman, Upstream Field Guide by Tsh Oxenreider, Your Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day by Erin Odom.

Working From Home

More and more mothers are choosing to work from home.  Unlike other vocations, “working from home” is not a course taught in college.  The homemaker juggles all her hats: wife, mother, housekeeper, cook, educator, nurse, minister, coach.  Add working from home into the mix, and many women are ready to pull their hair out.

What job can she do from home?  How many hours can she realistically work in a week?  How much work is too much before she is neglecting her family and house?  These answers are different for all of us, but here are some helps for the mother who has a passion to pursue this area.

5 Steps to Landing Your First Work at Home Job by Cate Hoepner, Direct Sales Business Planner by Emily Rooney, Summer Sanity Savers for the Work ­at ­Home ­Mom by Prerna Malik.

 

If you were counting, that’s 80 resources.  Where would you even start?  I’ll tell you.

Right now, and until May 2, all these resources and more are available for $29.97.  Yup, that’s it.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is available for 5 more days for less than the price of many of these resources.  And that’s not all.  After you receive all of these goodies, you also get all of these bonuses:

Bonuses

  • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove
    Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and 60­ Day VIP Access with FREE Shipping from Grove Collaborative($30
    value)
    **only available in the continental U.S.
    **existing ePantry customers will receive a FREE 1 ­year VIP membership instead of the free product offer
    above ($39.95 value)
  • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate toward Bloom Naturals Products ($15
    value)
    **ships to the U.S. and Canada
  • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-­$69.99 value)
    **online, no shipping restrictions
  • FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($24.95 value)
    **$3 shipping, only available in the U.S.
    $15 Credit to the Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71 value)
    **ships worldwide
    $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press($15 value)
    **only available in the U.S.
  • FREE 90 ­day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com($30 value)
    **online, no shipping restrictions
  • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt: Massage for Couples($24 value)
    **online, no shipping restrictions
  • FREE 1 ­Year MollyGreen.com Membership, including all membership goodies, full access to RightNow Media ($1799.88 value) and digital magazine issues ($29 value) **online, no shipping restrictions

I’ll do the math for you.  That’s over $1000 in books, planners, printables and courses plus $300 in freebies, ($2100.00 in freebies when you add in the RightNow Media package–read about that here).  And you get it all for $29.97 if you order it in the next 5 days.

Ready to order?  Click the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle banner above or hit “Buy Now.”

 

Did I buy one?  Yes I did!  And I’m very excited about it.

Will you get one or have you already?  Tell me what you’re favorite resource were in the comments.

 

Update:

This is no longer available.  If you would like to be notified in the case of a flash sale, let me know and I’ll shoot you an email if I hear of one.  I do not know of it becoming available again, but if it does, I’ll be happy to inform you.

 

*I am an affiliate of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  This means I may make a commission at no charge to you if you purchase it.  It’s a double blessing–you get an amazing resource and also help to support my family.  Thank you for your support.*

 

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