There are many women these days that come into homemaking without the knowledge of how to do it. Maybe your mother didn’t have you do chores when you were growing up, and instead she did everything. It is not uncommon for women to get married and not have a clue as to how to keep up with all the household tasks. Maybe you got married, and right away started having lots of babies, and before you could figure out how to do everything required of you in your new homemaking position, you had lots of children to take care of (and adore), and you just kind of fell behind and couldn’t keep up (this was me).
We really have a dearth of Titus 2 mentors today. So many young women are left without instruction or examples. If this has been your experience growing up, thankfully there are resources available to help you learn how to take care of your home. Today I’d like to share some with you that I and others have found helpful. These resources are probably not as advantageous as it would have been to grow up having these tasks shown to you in person, and then performing them every day, but they are better than nothing, for sure!
Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House
This book is almost like a homemaking Bible. It has instructions on how to care for just about everything in your home! I think every homemaker should own this one. This is a very, very popular book on keeping house.
The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook
This one didn’t come out too long ago, but I really enjoy it! This one-stop reference tool gives you tips and training on everything
from meal planning to interior decorating, Biblical womanhood to
budgeting, so that you can become a holistic homemaker! It features
practical teaching from Scripture, instructions for do-it-yourself
projects, application questions, helpful resources, a comprehensive
index, and more.
30 Days to a Clean and Organized House
I just recently found this one, and I’m so glad I did. This is a smaller book than the other two, but it is extremely applicable! If you just don’t know where to start in cleaning and organizing your home, or if you want an easy-to-follow plan to keep on top of your homemaking chores, this is a great book. It tells you exactly what to do, every day of the month, to get and keep your home clean and organized. There are even recipes for the few cleaning products you will need to use, and they are non-toxic too!
These two go together. The first one goes over each room of a house and teaches how to care for, clean, organize, and even decorate each room. There are checklists included for daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal tasks, along with instructions on how to most effectively accomplish each job.
The second volume is the teacher’s guide, which has easy to follow, detailed lesson plans to teach these skills to your daughter(s).
I have to admit, I have many, many other homemaking books, but these are the top ones that come to mind when it comes to useability and instruction.
Lots of people say that Flylady has been very helpful to them in knowing what to do when. I used her system for a time, but I found the emails to be overwhelming and distracting. Also, having to go to the computer all the time to know what to do, often caused me to get distracted by something else. Her system is, however, free.
Yes, I have to say that there is a lot of helpful advice here about keeping house, though probably not as much step by step direction. The ladies who write here often have so much wisdom to give.
Lady Lydia writes this blog, and while there are not always how-to’s, there is tons of encouragement for being a keeper of your home. She does give a lot of sewing tutorials as well.
The Tidy Tutor
This is a paid membership site, but she also does have some free content. Kathy Roberts is the owner, and she will take you step by step through what to do to get your home clean and organized, through her video tutorials and instructions. She does sometimes use course language.
All in One Planner for Housekeeping Tasks:
The Motivated Moms Planner is an ebook or app that you can purchase for a low price that gives you lists of tasks to do each day of the week to keep up on housework. I have used this home management tool a lot! I enjoy having a list printed out for me, and it feels great to be able to check things off as you accomplish them. This year’s planners are currently half off, plus the new planners that run from July 2015 to July 2016 are now purchasable. There are different versions available, as well as options that include a Bible reading plan.
It is never to late to learn, and I think we should always be striving
to do better when we are lacking in skills. Maybe you can take some
time before school starts again (if you took a break), and polish up on
your homemaking skills or get your house in better order.
I hope and pray that you will find these resources helpful. I’m sure there are others that I have not listed here. Please feel free to share what has helped you in the comments section!
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