How To Love Being a Homemaker

Ok I know, most of us get sick and tired of cleaning and keeping the house up day after day. If you have kids, it’s even worse. Most days it feels like I’m taking one step forward and two steps back.

I saw a saying once that said: ” Cleaning the house with kids around is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.” Well, I have three kids and three dogs so it’s more like sweeping your front porch in the middle of a sandstorm! I battle toys, crumbs, dog hair and toothpaste in the sink every day.

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Growing up I always wanted to be a stay at home mom. I wanted to take care of the kids, clean the house and cook meals for my family. I still enjoy it and wouldn’t change it for anything but, there are days I have to remind myself why I do it and make it a point to find joy in those tasks.

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Here are some ways I find joy in being a homemaker:

  • Buy some special cleaners. I usually use Lysol Disinfecting Wipes or something similar but, when I’m feeling burnt out on housework, I break out the “special” cleaner. Something that smells especially good. For me, it’s anything Mrs. Meyer’s. It seems to take a tedious task and make it a little more enjoyable. They have some amazing scents to choose from like Bluebell, Lemon Verbena, Lavender, and Lilac.

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  • Move things around. I’m not saying move all your furniture but if you want to go for it. Some days when I’m dusting I change-up where my picture frames, candles, and other decorations are. You can find some great inspiration on Pinterest or books. I’m personally a fan of the farmhouse style. This book is full of ideas! 

 

 

  • Browse Pinterest. I find that when I get on Pinterest and look at housekeeping posts, pictures of other people homes and cleaning tips, I am more motivated. I set a goal to make my kitchen or bathroom look like the picture.

  • Put some music on. In our house, even when I’m cleaning, we play kids music. It’s a double whammy because my kids have a dance party and are happy while I get some cleaning done. Our current favorite soundtrack is from the movie Sing. For a great selection: Try Amazon Music Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.

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  • Take a day to do something different. Take a day to skip the usual tasks and do something different. Some days I spend my whole day just putting odds and ends away to eliminate clutter. Other days I sort or reorganize toys to make things look neat and tidy. Don’t spend every day doing the same chores.

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  • Make your own cleaner. Every now and then I get on Pinterest and find a recipe for a cleaning product or a cleaning hack. The process of making it makes it a little more enjoyable to use it. This book has some great recipes for DIY cleaners.

  • Try a new recipe. I’m terrbile about this. I usually cook the same ten things over and over. Days that I branch out and try something new seem to make homemaking more enjoyable and my family happier. I find most of my recipes on Pinterest but occasionally pull out a cookbook. Somehow using an actual cookbook makes me feel more like a homemaker.

 

  • Light a candle or diffuse some oils. Just by making my house smell better I’m more motivated to clean. Most of the time my house smells like dogs no matter how much I clean. Just lighting a Candle and making my house smell better keeps me going. Check out these candles from Oak Hill Farms. I love to put creative touches around my house. Candle holders are an easy and inexpensive way to bring some unique style to your home. Amazon’s Interesting Finds has some great ones. 

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  • Start your chores early. I get started first thing in the morning. My kids get up at six for school, but I don’t drop the last one-off until 8:30. I use the in-between time to get the kitchen clean, bed made and laundry going. The rest of the day I spend doing other housework, blogging and playing with my toddler.

  • Decorate. I have found that by adding even the smallest new decoration to my home gives me motivation. With three kids I don’t find much time to go to the store and buy anything other than groceries. Amazon has made finding cute, unique décor easy. Their Interesting Finds section is updated daily and full of things you might not normally think of searching for. Another great place to explore is Etsy. One thing I love about shopping on Etsy is that I’m not only buying something I want but also supporting a small business.

Do what works for you. For me, these tips motivate me to get going even when I’m burnt out.  I try to focus on creating a home not just cleaning it.

By writing this post, I’ve been motivated to completely de-clutter my kitchen! Off I go, hope you find motivation from reading these tips.

What do you do to enjoy housework a little bit more?

 Written by: Devon

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33 COMMENTS

  1. Melody | 12th Apr 17

    I love putting on music while I clean! Especially when my baby is awake and I have to clean or organize something. He’ll be more content in his rocker watching me dance around like a crazy person than if I just had him sitting there while I cleaned. I hope it gets a little easier to balance baby and household chores when he gets older though! lol And I loveee the Mrs Meyer’s products- they definitely help me clean more.

  2. Jazz (@JazzOnTheRun) | 12th Apr 17

    I had to repin this!! I love being a work at home mom but it can be overwhelming at times. Music & soft, calming smells definitely helps. Oh and I love, love, love rearranging stuff. Just gotta get back into. This was a reminder for me to take care of myself by making the most out of what is already in front of me.

  3. Ivy | 12th Apr 17

    Great ideas! I’ve been needing some encouragement in this area…I’m doing it, but not always loving it. 🙂 I like to open the windows when the weather is nice enough, and to bring in fresh flowers when I have them too!

  4. Amber | 12th Apr 17

    I will have to try these tips out hopefully it works for me! The day in and day out cleaning and cooking with little ones in the house definitely feels like a sand storm lol.

  5. Jobie Medina | 13th Apr 17

    Yes I get burnt out occasionally too. I love playing music and burning candles. Glad to know I’m not the only one. 😉

  6. Jennifer | 14th Apr 17

    I love these ideas! I like to redecorate and move things around to keep things fresh too 🙂

  7. Addison Messer | 14th Apr 17

    I enjoyed your quote about creating a home and not just cleaning it. I may or may not be a terrible housekeeper so that really resonated with me.

  8. Archie | 15th Apr 17

    I love the idea of creating a home instead of cleaning it. I will apply this for sure. We usually have my daughter find all the socks for us during laundry time.

  9. Sarah Althouse | 17th Apr 17

    I love Mrs. Meyers too! I like to throw open my windows, put music on and just attack it. haha (But I also don’t have kids so I can’t imagine what it’s like to clean then!)

  10. Melissa Javan | 17th Apr 17

    Music or listening to podcasts works for me! Also, new day, new things. I only have one child at the moment.

  11. Maheshwari Solapurkar | 17th Apr 17

    Put music on is my fav. By the time 4oclock rolls around, the kids are antsy and I am exhausted. I put on some dancing songs and have them dance so I can get dinner ready or just sit. It’s fun for them and relaxing for me, haha!

  12. Kayla O'Neill | 17th Apr 17

    Love these suggestions! I use pinterest all the time to get inspired! I will have to try using a diffuser and oils…that seems like it would be relaxing or invigorating depending on the scent!

  13. Anne | 17th Apr 17

    These are great tips for housework burnout! Music is my usual go to, but I think I’ll try some more of your tips. I like the idea of getting a fancy cleaner! Maybe I’ll splurge a little at my Target run today!

  14. Chelsea @ Mama Fish Saves | 17th Apr 17

    Great ideas! I am a working mom but my husband stays home, I’ll be sharing these with him. I know when he gets stressed he tries to just get one area of the house completely clean. Whether it is the kitchen counter, our son’s toy corner, or the laundry room – having one area of peace makes him feel accomplished. With a dog and a toddler, sweeping your porch in a sandstorm sounds about right at our house too!

  15. Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries | 18th Apr 17

    These are great ideas. For some reason I’ve always loved keeping house. It’s very satisfying to me! 🙂

  16. Casey | 18th Apr 17

    I love moving things around and mixing it up…helps keep it fresh to me anyway! Great tips Momma!

  17. katriza | 18th Apr 17

    Homemaker was definitely not what I planned on in my future and it took awhile to get use to it and love it!

  18. Emily Young | 18th Apr 17

    thank you for sharing, I have a hard time getting excited or motivated to clean and as a result my house looks like a bomb went off!

  19. Heaven Leigh | 20th Apr 17

    It’s nice to change things up and not be bored when I’m home all the time. I do need to start trying new recipes! My menu needs something new and exciting!

  20. Christi | 21st Apr 17

    I put on some good music!!! Something for the 70’s and 80’s. It makes feel good, and energized, so I can get things done. I like making my own cleaning supplies with essential oils, too. Lemongrass is one that I love the smell of!!

  21. Yami | The Latina Next Door | 24th Apr 17

    I can identify with a lot of these! I love having lit candles around the house and just last night I was listening to music while washing dishes and tidying up before going to bed. Little things like that really make a difference.

  22. Amanda | My Own Unexpected Journey | 25th Apr 17

    I love your idea of throwing in something different to break up the every day chores. The monotony of taking care of the same things every single day is what gets at me. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Apeksha | 5th May 17

    Interesting ways to lift up the spirit when we feel that life is going nowhere… Being a homemaker and loving it is tough at times..But this post would really help…

  24. Sue Parke | 12th May 17

    Love this! I love that you always play music, we do the same! My daughter loves to sing and dance. We also never have the TV on at dinner and always play dinner music 🙂

  25. Catie | 17th May 17

    Great ideas! I also love yummy smelling home products, especially Mrs. Meyers.

  26. Mama802 | 21st Jun 17

    I have to clean while listening to a book and diffusing oils. I put on my headphones and tune the World out and just clean. It helps pass the time and I get to “listen” to a book.

  27. Heather | 17th Aug 17

    I love your tips! I have been struggling with this and feel like I am fighting a losing battle!

  28. Ashlee | 6th Feb 18

    Buying special cleaners is always a way to help me love the work a little more!

  29. Brittney | 27th Mar 18

    I’ve never heard of Grove Collaborative- that sounds amazing!! I always wanted to be a SAHM too, but it is definitely overwhelming some days!

    • dbern582@gmail.com | 28th Mar 18

      That’s for sure! I love Grove.

  30. Jacqueline @ Planning In The Deep | 14th Aug 18

    I just clicked on your referral link for groove and am in love! I love getting new cleaning supplies when I’m in a slump. Will definitely be placing my order. Ps.. I LOVE Mrs. Myers as well. This was a great post, Thank You:)

    • dbern582@gmail.com | 15th Aug 18

      Awesome! New cleaning supplies definitely get me in the mood to clean!

  31. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations | 2nd Oct 18

    I love being a homemaker, I wish I was better at it though. 🙂 Thanks for these tips!

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