The homemaker has the ultimate career of all. She has regular work hours, makes each day both useful and pleasant, and proves the worth of time by employing it well. Whoever is stuck on the myth that a housewife has no other work to do than cooking for her husband and kids and watching daily soaps has never seen a homemaker for an entire day.
People like you and I, who go out to earn and come back to the comforts of a ‘home’, should not forget that it is a homemaker that makes the house a comfort zone. She is on duty 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. She’s an alarm clock, a cook, a maid, a teacher, a waiter, a nurse, a security officer, a counselor, and a comforter. She doesn’t get a holiday the entire year, and still gets asked, ‘What do you do all day?’
She doesn’t get a holiday the entire year, and still gets asked, ‘What do you do all day?’
Here’s to all the hard-working homemakers. Here are 8 ways you can save your time and energy, and work efficiently.
Have a To-Do List
Like every other profession, homemaking in itself is a profession that demands perfection, and nothing less. As much as being organized in any other profession is important, homemaking too, should be done in an organized manner. The first step to this is to keep a to-do list ready for every day. Keeping a list ready helps you sort between important and unimportant, urgent, and not so urgent work, and you can plan your day accordingly.
The first step to this is to keep a to-do list ready for every day. Keeping a list ready helps you sort between important and unimportant, urgent, and not so urgent work, and you can plan your day accordingly.
Keep Important Things Handy
This is yet another important thing that all homemakers should implement. Keep a copy of your important documents ready, a first aid box readily available, a list of emergency contacts and some extra cash for those contingencies. After all, it is better to be prepared than to panic.
Learn From DIY Lessons
Social media is not just a waste of time. Nowadays, with YouTube, Instagram and Facebook streaming with hundreds of DIY videos and hacks, there are so many lessons that you can learn and put into use immediately. There are cooking hacks, home décor ideas and time-saving tricks that are easy to learn and implement.
Do Easy Cooking
I see people who think that the only thing that a homemaker does is cooking. False. There are so many other things that she does daily. It is just that cooking occupies most of her time.
There is always a solution to a problem. Homemakers should learn easy cooking tricks, start using the microwave often, and learn quick and healthy recipes. These cooking hacks will save you enough time for your hobbies.
I’ve seen people who spend a large chunk of their day just cleaning the mess around. This especially becomes tedious when you have kids and guests visiting you very often.
Mums have a tough time keeping things in place and maintaining the house well. This is where storage ideas come into play. Keep light-weight baskets and bins around the house where you can quickly dump the mess when a guest is expected, or a toy basket to stuff all your kids’ toys once they’re done playing. They’re quick as well as less tiresome than cleaning the entire house twice or thrice a day.
Hire Domestic Help
Depending on where you live and if you have the means, you can hire domestic help or outsource some of your daily chores. You can employ a helper or a cook, or even hire an assistant to help you with household tasks.
With so many advances in technology, it is only fair that homemakers also update themselves with the latest advancements in e-commerce and shopping. Instead of standing in long queues at the supermarket or traveling to stores, you can try the convenience of online shopping. It is easier, more reasonable, and you get to choose from a range of products without even moving an inch. This also saves you the extra bucks that you spend on in-store compulsive shopping.
Take Power Naps
Homemakers work a 24×7 shift especially when there are sick kids. There’s no pause button to their routine. They keep working from dawn to dusk and hardly get any time to stop and relax. This affects both their mental and physical health. It is important that they take at least one power nap, or relax for a short time in the middle of the day. This little break or power nap helps reduce stress and rejuvenates them for the latter half of the day.
Homemakers work harder and longer than any other class of worker. They go through stress and anxiety just like anybody. By applying these time-saving hacks, the busy homemaker earns some precious “me” time for much-needed rest and relaxation.