For the past several years, I’ve noticed that the art of homemaking isn’t an art anymore. In fact, it isn’t an anything anymore. Okay, that’s not exactly true, I have had the pleasure of reading quite a few blogs written by women who have taken on this role quite happily.
I read an article on Huffington Post UK (which I cannot for the life of me find right now) about Mums who don’t know how to do the things their mother or grandmother did. They don’t know how to bake a cake, or sew a button on and what’s more, they don’t want to. They don’t have the patience. Now, I’m not picking on Mums in the UK, I have a feeling it’s like that everywhere.
I’ll be honest with you, I’m not sure any of us have or had the patience either, but it’s how we got the patience! You don’t start with a bucketful of patience to hand out. No, you start with an overflowing bucket of tasks that need patience to be completed. Once completed, you have a bucketful of patience.
When I go to the grocery store, I see things for sale like hard-boiled eggs, chopped onions, chopped celery and bags of salad. (Yes, I’ve bought bags of salad, many times.) CBS News reported the cost of a whole onion vs. the cost of a chopped onion. $4.65 per lb. vs. 99 cents a lb. If you’re on any kind of budget or money saving plan, that’s a deal breaker right there. Green beans – $6.56 a pound cut vs. $2.25 fresh. Holy Moly! Do we really not have 5 minutes to cut green beans? If that’s true, then I think the adjustment needs to be made somewhere else, not in paying 3 times the cost of a vegetable. Unless you have billions of dollars and don’t worry about things like this.
It doesn’t matter what anyone plans to do with their life once out of high school or college, someone is going to have to know how to run a home. They don’t run themselves! Someone needs to know and DO – buy toilet paper before it’s gone, wash and change the sheets and keep milk in the fridge and dinner on the table. It doesn’t have to be a woman, it just generally is.
Now, I don’t pretend to be Homemaker of the Year, or even of the minute. But I do know how to do things (whether I do them or not is another post), and I’ve been managing a household for close to 40 years. Households big and small, with children and without, with pets, with an outside job, self-employed, chronically ill, and budgets of all levels.
For the next several posts, I’m not sure yet how many, I’m going to be talking about the basics of running of home. If you’re just starting on your homemaking journey, I’d really like to know what you want to know. If you’re an experienced homemaker, please share your wisdom on the topic of the day. And so begins –
The Art of Homemaking – The creation and management of a home, especially as a pleasant place in which to live.