Our life has that daily hum and from the task of bed making, sweeping the kitchen floor, dish washing, and pots of beans or soups simmering on the back stove. But it has a rhythm and ritual that is pretty much the same from day to day. Although it is a charmed life, it can get old fast. Now and then I need inspiration from other homemakers, just as I inspire others. We all need to find that housewife that cleans and cooks in a way that brings the fun and deliciousness back to the craft.
I stayed up late last night watching a few homemakers and listening to their thoughts on what weighs us down and zaps our energy in our work. Media, email, TV. Those suck the energy right up. Distractions. Then there is trying to be perfect and comparing ourselves and our homes to nicer homes, women with nicer things, nicer clothes, nicer figures, better dishes. We then become disheartened with what we have, our homes, our cooking, ourselves. That is a killer of the homemaking spirit.
But if you can just take the ideas and advice, if you can look at a home and get ideas then work with what you have without envy. If you can just take the motivational part out of the blog or vlog or book and leave the rest.
Most people with nice homes are in a bit of debt. You can make your home as charming as ever if you take the time to comb the garage sales and thrift store. Sometimes cleaning or painting does wonders for furniture. Bleaching and mending things. Collecting more plants.
I had a friend that was as poor as you can get. She lived on all sorts of government aid due to a chronic autoimmune desease and an ex husband that didn’t know how to get the check in the mail. But she didn’t let that get her down. She took her role as a homemaker seriously and her house was always very clean and tidy. Old, worn couches and recliners were covered with colorful afghans, scented candles purchased for .10 cents during sales days at the Hospice thrift were always lit.
She didn’t have money for nice clothes, her wardrobe consisted of t shirts and comfortable pants, but her clothes had no stains or holes, were clean and crisp and she would doll up with mascara and gloss, a big pair of hoop earings, her curls up in a pile on her head and some scented lotion that she would get from others as presents.
For the holidays she ask that her family gave her things she couldn’t normally afford. She stocked up on every super sale at stores or found the fantastic deals at thrift stores, church yard sales and garage sales. She could go in a grocery store with $50 in food stamps and come out with a month worth of groceries.
She inspires me still today although she has long passed.
I tend to gravitate toward the homemakers that work with very little and make life look cozy and charmed. They are the ones with the real skills and art form.
For me frugality is a way to have more abundance.
Come on over to my channel: Coffee with Kate Mountain Homesteading for lots of motivation. I refer other channels and books, show you are life now and how I just keep triming that budget so we can work less and enjoy our family and gardening more.