It seems that over the last 100 years or so, the ART of homemaking has been lost. What used to be something that we coveted as little girls, became somewhat of a burden. We were no longer taught that we should desire to be homemakers – that it was LESS THAN. Instead, we should desire a career only and also wanting to keep a home was beneath us.
“I’m just a homemaker.”
You can be a homemaker and also have a career (if you want). But if you don’t want to have a separate career, that’s totally fine too. Why? Because we’ve gotten our ideas skewed.
You can be a homemaker even if you work a full time job…even if you’re a single parent…or even if you live alone…or even if you are rarely home.
I think the disconnect came about because folks started thinking that HOMEMAKING and HOUSEKEEPING were the same thing. They are not.
Don’t get me wrong – housekeeping is very important. If you don’t keep your house up, it will be a dung heap, trash pit, uninhabitable hole before very long. You need to embrace your inner June Cleaver, at least a little bit. But housekeeping isn’t where most people find contentment and fulfillment.
Housekeeping definition: the routine tasks that must be done in order for a system to function or to function efficiently.
Homemaking definition: the establishment or management of a home.
See – housekeeping and homemaking are NOT the same.
Housekeeping is the actual action(s) of keeping your house from looking trashy – cleaning toilets, vacuuming, washing blinds and curtains, taking out the trash, sweeping the floor, dusting the cobwebs.
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HOMEMAKING is the art of making your HOUSE a HOME.
What makes it a home? A welcoming atmosphere. Love. Comfort-ability. Decor. You. I even teach a course on homemaking – or home management, as it is sometimes called – because we (as a society) need to re-learn what it means to truly manage a home well.
Time for some honesty. I don’t get fulfillment from housekeeping.
None. I don’t like it. I don’t enjoy spending my time cleaning toilets and dusting. Do I do it? Yes, because it has to be done. Do I have a good attitude? Yes, that too. Does it fill a deep need in my soul? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
But the thing I’ve dreamed about since I was little? Being married, keeping house, running a household, the routine, welcoming in guests That’s homemaking. And that is what brings me fulfillment.
Housekeeping is just a necessary part of homemaking. While housekeeping CAN bring fulfillment, most folks find that most fulfillment comes from homemaking.
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When you know that homemaking is actually just the process of making your house into a home, you will know you CAN have this fulfillment along with your other duties. <3
And it helps us realize that we don’t have to look down upon it like it’s lesser-than or something we should not desire to have. We can speak of it favorably to our daughters: “One day, you will grow up to be a homemaker!” Homemaking is a noble calling. <3
We should be proud that we are homemakers – whether that’s our #1 goal or another thing we do. Both are GREAT! Both are not an “only.”
Hi, my name is Stacy. I am a homemaker. Nice to meet you. 🙂