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Scrolling through Pinterest is now a daily activity of the average homemaker in America. Around 42 million women have Pinterest accounts and are actively scrolling through pins on a daily basis. (source) From recipes, to craft ideas, to home decor and parenting, Pinterest has been a online hub for women for quite a few years. And for the last few years, Pinterest has become a place of online competition for women. From Pinterest hacks, to Pinterest fails, you will always be able to find incredible content on Pinterest from women who spend hours and hours on each project. I personally know many women who try to keep every single aspect of their homes as Pinterest perfect as possible. But in reality, it never actually happens…
Either the crafts get done, and the kids get clean, or the house gets done and the meals are made, but I often don’t find a woman who can do it all. And while that seems like a reason to lose hope, don’t let go of that homemaking dream yet. Because being the perfect homemaker is not as un-achievable as you might think.
**Now I would like to note, I love Pinterest and use it personally and for my business, but when it comes down to being a good homemaker, I do not put Pinterest at the center of my focus.**
When it comes to homemaking, the one thing that women seem to forget is what homemaking is really all about. Here’s what the bible says about homemaking:
…train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. -Titus 2:5
This is my favorite go-to verse when it comes to homemaking, because it is instruction for older women, on what to teach the younger women. On what is important to God. Notice, it does not say about keeping up with Patty Pinterest, or Holly Homemaker but to be of good character, and reverent to the Lord.
So if you’re ready to be the perfect homemaker, then follow these three steps.
1 | Honor the Lord
If you are a homemaker because you feel that’s where the Lord wants you, but you choose not to honor the Lord, then you might as well not be a homemaker. In your everyday routines, you should be taking time out of your day to have a bible study or prayer time. The Lord rewards His children for their faithfulness and honor.
Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. – Samuel 2:30
Along with honoring the Lord, the one way you can help yourself as a homemaker, is to honor your husband. One thing I noticed when I took extra time out of my day is that things “magically” clean themselves. The dishes might be done without you doing them, or the carpet is newly vacuumed without having to plug it in yourself. It just goes to show, when you serve your family first, you will always be in the right.
So maybe, instead of scrolling Pinterest, dedicate that time to doing something for the Lord or for your husband each day.
2 | Try Your Best
Now, I’m sure many of you are saying “I’m already trying my best and it’s still not enough!” And you know what? It might not be right now. But there are tons of ways you can ‘try your best’, from:
- Getting up earlier (and going to bed earlier…do not lose sleep! You need it!)
- Learning to organize and schedule your day.
- Learning to organize your space, in order to make things easier to clean up.
- Getting rid of stuff you don’t need, (physical objects, activities, etc) so that you have more time to focus on what’s important.
When we lived in our first apartment together I was constantly cleaning and organizing trying to make our space beautiful, but what I didn’t realize was that for a studio apartment we had way too much stuff! It didn’t matter how early I rose, how many times a day I did dishes, or how happy I tried to make myself; being a homemaker in a house with too much stuff is an uphill battle!
So if you know you’re struggling in one aspect, whether it’s meal prep/cooking, scheduling your day, not knowing something, try your best to learn how to solve your problems! The more you know, the easier it gets! (And you don’t have to know how to do it in a Pinterest perfect manner!)
3 | Put Your Heart on the Right Track
It’s all good and wonderful that Pinterest has come about, but in this day in age we see far too many Patty Pinterests whose interests are not in their homes, but in the opinions of her neighbors. Take time to focus each day with bible verses and homemaking quotes to help you keep your mind on the right track: focusing on the Lord and your family!
In age we see far too many Patty Pinterests whose interests are not in their homes, but in the opinions of her neighbors.
When the comparison game gets started we start to lose focus on why we’re homemakers, and we start trying to see who can be the best homemaker on the block.
So no matter what you do in your homemaking, or how much time you have to dedicate to it, you can be the perfect homemaker in the Lord’s eyes. It’s time to put our hearts, and our homemaking, back in the hands of the Lord.
Hello! I'm Amanda Elizabeth, creator of The Homemaker's Cottage. As a homemaker I have constantly felt the pull between old fashioned homemaking and the fast paced world we live in today. So I created The Homemaker's Cottage: a stress-free space between the old in the new, where there is no judgement and we can learn that homemaking can be relevant, easy and even enjoyable.
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