Sunday, August 17, 2008

Something to Think About... A Few Ways to Enjoy Homemaking


1. Light a candle by your sink as you wash dishes.

2. Listen to worship music, classical music, or something you love as you work.

3. Clean one area or room at a time. Declare it off limits when you're finished with it.

4. Take frequent breaks to do something you enjoy for just a few minutes.

5. Use cleaning products that either smell great or are homemade.

6. Be thankful for what you have. Thank your husband and the Lord for what they have provided.

7. Start looking at yard sales and thrift shops for things that fit in with what you would like your home to become. Oftentimes, you can find things that are just perfect.

8. Think comfort in all you purchase for your home. Some styles may be pretty; but, they're not always comfortable.

9. Determine to be thankful for what you have now.

10. Ruthlessly get rid of the things that you don't need or enjoy.

11. Smile!

12. Pray while you iron.

13. Invite someone over. It's great motivation; and, God tells us to be hospitable. It's also fun!

14. Make time in your day for doing something you enjoy...knitting, sewing, crocheting, writing, reading, whatever it may be.

15. Place your favorite chair near your husband's favorite chair. Reach over and hold his hand.

16. Seek friendships with ladies who enjoy homekeeping.

17. Try new recipes regularly.

18. Make useful things for your home and for your family.

19. Make things homemade as often as possible. There's such satisfaction in it.

20. Take time for tea!

21. Use it up; wear it out; make it do; or do without!

This list is for me, too. I do many these things, but not all of them. I'm looking for ways to enjoy homemaking, too. I'd love to hear your ideas.

Just Something to Think About....
Blessings to you all from Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ....
Laura
Learning to Enjoy Homemaking More and More

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May I suggest?
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41 comments:

  1. Hello Laura!

    I don't get the time to visit a lot of blogs but I have been to yours now a few times and enjoy it. I wanted to thank you for all the nice comments you leave on my blog.

    I really loved this post of yours! I love your ideas on how to make homemaking enjoyable. I do some of the very same things as well and now have a few more ideas to think about! :)

    Blessings, Crystal :)
    Homemaking Homesteader
    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/quiverfull/

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  2. I have lit a candle while doing dishes. Actually, I like the feeling of hot sudsy water and the process of washing by hand. I have played worship music while cleaning, cleaning takes me so long to finish because we have too many rooms for me to do at one time. I do thrift or I re-paint furniture to make it look new. My husband and I sit on the sofa in the morning and have coffee together and talk about the day before and what we will do today. I always make time for tea. I cannot sew, but I do try new recipes. Most of my friends have careers that do not render them the time to focus on homemaking, and I feel badly for them. Anyway, your words are encouraging and always so right on target!
    ginny

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  3. What a great list! I love your header too! Come visit me to claim your award! :)

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  4. Those are great! :) I love them!!! Thanks Laura!

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  5. Hello Laura, thank you for visiting and commenting so kindly on my Raising Homemakers post-I'm very glad to meet you :-)
    I really love this list! Lots of wonderful ideas here. It's so practical, plus fun. That's a great combination to keep us nicely balanced! After I do my housework, I'm going to pour a cup of tea, sit down and read through your lovely blog today. That will motivate me to work quickly lol !God bless you..Trish

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  6. What a great post! Lighting candles, listening to good music, praying while you do your work -- all such wonderful, soothing ways to enjoy the blessings of getting to be keepers at home. Thanks for the wonderful list.

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  7. So simple, so pretty, so true!

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  8. Hello Laura,
    thank you for linking up today-it's great to have you joining in!
    That is such a fabulous list :-)
    I love candles..and music is such a powerful tool for setting the atmosphere in the home!
    bless you..Trish

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  9. I REALLY enjoyed this post. Thank you for blessing us with this. I have to remember when I am feeling in a slump I have to review this list. I bookmarked it in my homemaking folder. *grin*

    And it is so NICE to meet another knitter too. [0=

    Blessings in Him<><
    -Mary

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  10. Wonderful thoughts! I couldn't help but smile while reading these. Homemaking is such a blessed task and it is so wonderful to find ways to remind us of that. Thank you for this list!

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  11. What a nice, encouraging list. I'm going to try some of these to brighten my homemaking day, thank you. :-)

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  12. Excellent suggestions! Thanks for sharing!

    Jean

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  13. What a lovely list! I loved all the sweet little ideas you gave to make your housekeeping more pleasurable, like lighting a candle while do dishes or taking time for tea. Great post!

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  14. Visiting through the Domestic Arts link up. I love the suggestions and need to try a few other things to make the work of my vocation to be more pleasurable.

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  15. I like the idea of lighting a candle while I do the dishes. I'm going to try that. One thing that I do is to give myself a reward for finishing my work. Like sit and read for an hour before dinner. It motivates me to get my work done.
    Thanks for the tips!

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  16. Hi Laura, I thank God every day that I get to be a home maker. Being a wife and mother is my greatest joy. I have always enjoyed house work and cooking. Your ideas were wonderful. There are those that I do, but others that I would love to try. Thanks for sharing this with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann
    p.s. now following you.

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  17. Laura...fabulous tips! I love the ones about making things for your home and making some time to do the things you enjoy, like reading or crafts. Oh, and the chairs next to each other is so sweet. Thank you for sharing this at WJIM.

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  18. Thank you for this. I have been a stay at home mom for almost 5 years now I was starting to go a little crazy doing the same thing over and over every day but with this list I can do the same things just a little different and it should help from the everyday getting old.

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  19. This is a great collection of ideas. They really highlight some of the pleasant things about homemaking. Everything we do has the hard things, but we sometimes forget these things that bless us and our family.

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  20. Hello Laura,
    It's so nice to meet you. I am blessed to be doing what I've always wanted to do! Although I could have had a career, I chose to stay at home and raise my children. It is my greatest joy to be a wife and mom.
    You shared a wonderful list and some very good tips. I appreciate you sharing your faith in Christ with others in Blogland. Thank you for coming to my HOME and I pray you have a lovely weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  21. Thank you for your kind words, Sandi. I found your blog yesterday and hope to enjoy perusing your writings further.



    May God bless you and keep you,







    Laura

    Lane

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  22. I like listening to sermons/Bible studies while I work. It helps to think about God while serving my family. Plus,it gives me something interesting ti talk about with my husband when he comes home from work.

    Hannah J
    dreamingofperfect.weebly.com

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  23. Hi Hannah,

    I find that I can concentrate on my work around the house so much better when I'm listening to the Bible, a sermon, a teaching tape or even an audio book. It makes the time go more quickly and the work seem easier.

    Thanks for talking back!

    Blessings,
    Laura

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  24. What a lovely post! I certainly need those reminders! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Thank you for linking to Tuesdays with a Twist!

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  25. What a beautiful post! I really enjoy homemaking. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our HomeAcre Hop! We'd love to have you back again tomorrow.

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  26. What wonderful inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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  27. Love candles! So many great tips...thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  28. Cindy,
    There's just something about watching a flame that is relaxing add a lovely fragrance and it just helps me feel peaceful.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  29. I enjoy lists and this one is fun.
    I like #11, smile. I don't think we do that often enough.

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  30. Thanks Christine. I know I don't smile nearly enough. It puzzles me why it's so easy to smile at strangers but not at loved ones.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  31. What a great list... and what a way to be deliberate in our ministry as homemaking wives and mothers. :) Thank you.

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  32. I love this list. Since homemaking is my "career" there's no reason not to enjoy it. :)

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  33. As an unmarried homemaker, I definitely enjoyed reading this list :) Thank you!

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  34. So glad Hannah. Enjoy your life as it is. God will bring change when the time is right.

    Blessings to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

    Laura

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  35. You're a blessed lady Jennifer!

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  36. Oh, I *love* this list!! Thank you for sharing from your creativity and own experiences!!

    I'm new here but will definitely be coming back -- I love the homey, encouraging atmosphere and the way you encourage us ladies to happily serve where we are with what we have. Such great lessons!

    Blessings to you!

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  37. So glad to hear if Frannie. Thanks so much for your kind words.

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Hello! I love it when y'all talk back!

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Be blessed!
Laura