Homemaking is a word that often gets a bad rap. For most people, it conjures up images of a 1950’s housewife with a mop in one hand and a spray bottle in another. But homemaking is so much more than just keeping your house clean. What exactly is homemaking and how is it different from home management tasks like cleaning?
Homemaking is defined as “the creation and management of a home, especially as a pleasant place to live” So by definition homemaking consists of two parts, home creation, and home management.
What is home management?
Home management is something that we can easily breakdown and understand. It covers all the tasks that are involved in running a household. Cleaning, cooking, home maintenance, shopping, paying bills, and budgeting all fall under home management.
These are all tasks that are easy to create routines, plans, and checklists for. They’re all tangible things that you can set goals for and measure progress. Which is why they’re the aspects of homemaking that are so often discussed.
What is the creation of a home?
The CREATION of a home is a much more nuanced thing. It varies from family to family and from one season of life to another. It’s not something you can easily create a checklist or plan for.
Creating a home involves making your home a haven from the craziness of the outside world. Making your home a place where your family can relax and let their guard down. A place where your children want to come home to and where friends and family feel welcome.
It’s those intangible things that go into taking care of your family’s emotional and spiritual needs, not just their physical ones. And to make it even more difficult, you often won’t see the results of your efforts for months, years, or even decades. Making it extremely hard to measure tangible progress. Which is why we almost always hear about the home management side of homemaking.
Why is it important to differentiate between homemaking and home management?
To say that there is a lot of pressure put on moms and homemakers is an understatement. Especially is today’s world of social media and Pinterest perfection. It’s easy to feel like we aren’t measuring up when you see pictures of people’s perfectly curated Instagram feeds.
Let me let you in on a little secret you might not be aware of. You can struggle with home management but still be an amazing homemaker! Your kitchen might not ever be perfectly clean, but you create a house full of laughter. You might feel guilty that you feed your kids processed food, but every night you’re able to get your family around the dinner table where you talk and trade stories. You might be horrible with budgeting, but every night at bedtime you read your kids their favorite bedtime stories.
Knowing the difference between homemaking (the creation of a home) and home management (the running of the home) is important because it can help us refocus our priorities and rebuild our confidence. It can help remind us of what’s really important at the end of the day.
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