A large part of my blog has always been homemaking, except for when I tell an occasional story or anecdote. I love home arts, and ever since I could pour water out of a tiny toy tea pot into a miniature tea cup set before a dolly, it’s been one of my main interests. Lately, it’s been difficult to adjust to a schedule that allows any substantial homemaking activities due to the family obligations I’ve described in a previous post. I struggle to find time in my schedule and small ways to learn new things and refine my domestic skills while making caring for others a priority. Can I possibly be the only one who struggles with this? Even if your circumstances aren’t exactly like mine, I’m sure there are busy mothers out there with a sink full of dishes, a mountain range of laundry forming, and a slow cooker in over drive. I just don’t know their names or where they live because they won’t tell me.
Lately, I’ve looked to make a difference in small ways. Here are some homemaking pursuits I’m doing in roughly 15 minutes a day.
Scrapbook-ing. Working on a scrapbook is a great way to both organize your memories while giving you a creative outlet. It’s something I can work on little by little, and when the baby wakes up I can pile everything back into a box so it’s out of the way until next time. Meanwhile, I feel good about making something for our family and recording our precious memories. Making a scrap book is like making a cake. It can be a fancy three-tiered piece of art or a simple vanilla sheet cake. It’s flexible and you can accomplish something lovely without a lot of bells and whistles.
Organizing. This is what ideally I should devote at least 15 minutes a day every day to doing. Baby items can get out of control so quick, and he’s already outgrown one size of clothes. Lately, I’ve been doing some clutter busting using the approach of selling, donating, or giving away items that we no longer need. Some people feel great after shopping, but I feel great when a box of “stuff” disappears from my living space.
Planning Future Projects. Because I can always dream! Seriously, I'm not "pinning" stuff on Pinterest for my health. I want to spend 15 minutes once a week either working towards a craft or cooking project, or flat out completing one if it's manageable. You know those outgrown baby clothes I mentioned? Well I'm taking the most worn ones, the ones so bad you wouldn't even donate them in good conscious, and am cutting them into squares for a memory quilt some day.
Enjoying Spring. If it's a warm sunny day, nothing will stop me from getting outside and enjoying God's creation. My duckling loves the sights and sounds of this exciting new world, and I love to show it to him. Red breasted robins everywhere, trees blooming, and all the colorful bulb flowers coming to life. Not to mention the exercise. I think if I do nothing else in a single day, this may be the most important and enjoyable chore on my list.
So tell me, how do you as a busy woman find time to manage your home, life, or family? What are your stolen moments?