By: Amanda Frittz
Being a newlywed can be challenging and tiring. After all, you have to learn to juggle managing yourself, your marriage, your friends, and your home all at the same time. That’s why it’s so important to start implementing habits to become a successful homemaker right away!
I definitely had some learning curves this past year starting out my role as a homemaker. Luckily, with the help of some women at my
Having a schedule in place has definitely helped me, so I hope it can help you become the best homemaker you can be as well!
A Succesful Homemaker Starts Out the Day Early
This one is essential in enabling you to have a productive and prioritized routine as a homemaker. If you wake up late you lose time for yourself and it puts pressure on the rest of your day! The morning time is a great opportunity to check in and take care of yourself.
I’ve had seasons of waking up at 9 a.m. consistently, and my productivity and motivation noticeably decreased. I start my day off by running behind, and it’s the worst! I lose time to get ready and take care of myself and have to jump straight into the day’s chores.
If you can, try waking up by 6 or 7 at the latest. Having an extra hour or two in the mornings will give you the time you need to get your day started on the right foot.
This is especially crucial once you have kids! Waking up before they get out of bed and starting your day off by prioritizing yourself and God can make a huge difference in how much energy you have throughout the day! I know countless moms have told me how important it is to them that they have at least 30 minutes to an hour to themselves in the morning.
Have a Morning Routine
Having a routine allows you to really plan out your day. Personally, I know that I typically read my bible, shower, do a small chore, get ready and then start my day around 9 or 10.
You can base your morning routine on what’s most important to you. Use that extra hour or two before the rest of your household is up to energize yourself for the day. Maybe that means working out, or even pampering yourself.
Get Yourself Clean & Ready
This is part of my morning routine, but it’s important to take care of yourself at the beginning of the day or it might not happen! In my experience, every successful homemaker I’ve known has needed to carve out time to take care of themselves. It’s essential if you’re going to spend the rest of your day pouring into everyone else.
It’s really easy to get caught up by all your to do’s throughout the day and forget about yourself. So, try to start your day by getting yourself ready. This can be as much or as little as you’d like. Whatever makes you feel confident and like you’ve taken care of yourself. This will make it WAY more enjoyable and pleasing to take care of your household and others throughout the day.
Make Your Bed
You can easily start your day off with being a successful homemaker by making your bed! It literally only takes 1 minute and it will bring your satisfaction every time you walk into your room.
Something about making my bed makes me feel so accomplished! I feel like my days already been started on the right foot, and I can keep up with my productivity.
Admittedly, this is something I’ve always hated to do! But, this year I forced myself to make it every day. It’s a total game changer guys! It’s really not that hard, and the payoff is so worth the little effort. It’s so nice to have a clean room throughout the day, but even better is going to sleep in a made bed (no one likes searching for the sheets)!
Deep Clean One Room a Day
I get overwhelmed if I spend all day cleaning so I like to clean one area of my house a day. This breaks it up into less overwhelming chunks and makes it seem more reasonable to finish for me.
However, I do know some friends that like doing their whole house in one day and tidying up their main rooms throughout the week. You know yourself best, so decide which ever is best for you!
Spend a Few Minutes Tidying up Every Room
A successful homemaker doesn’t necessarily spend their whole day cleaning. Take 2-5 minutes picking up each room in your house. This short amount of time is just enough time to straighten everything up and get your house looking presentable!
It’s crazy the difference it makes to just spend a few minutes on your kitchen, bedroom, and living room daily. Cleaning up all the clutter and misplaced items in your house helps keep your mind clutter free too!
Meal Plan & Cook
All the most successful homemakers have a plan. Having your meals planned in advance takes off a lot of the pressure. You know what you’ll be making and how long it will take throughout the week. This is such a blessing when you want to schedule times to hang out with friends throughout the week. You’ll know exactly when you need to be home to get started on dinner!
Also, if you have a picky husband (like me) having a meal plan set up allows them to give their input. I have Adam pick out all the meals he wants for the week and he’ll print out the grocery list (we use nomoretogo.com) and I’ll do the shopping and cooking! This way there’s no surprises or complaints.
Clean up After Lunch & Dinner
No one wants to wake up to a mess. It’s the worst! So, after lunch and dinner, I will do a quick cleanup of the kitchen. No deep cleaning takes place, but I will do the dishes and wipe off the counters and stove.
Admittedly, I hate hand washing dishes if they can go in the dishwasher. So, every once in a while I’ll leave a few extra dishes in the sink that didn’t fit (but let’s keep that between us).
Take Time to Admire Your Work
Don’t beat yourself up about not getting enough done or things not turning out exactly how you wanted. Take time to appreciate and enjoy what did turn out well. The key to truly being a successful homemaker is having the right mindset and appreciating what was able to get done.
One of my close friends always says, never apologize if a meal doesn’t turn out good. You put your best effort into it, and talking yourself down isn’t going to help anything. Plus, half the time people won’t even notice it’s not how you wanted it to turn out if you don’t say anything.
A Successful Homemaker Has a Night Routine
You should start your day the same way you end it – with a routine! It’s so nice to not have to think about what you need to do at the end of the day. Even just thinking about what self-care you need to do. By creating a night routine, your tasks will become habitual and you won’t even have to think! You can just unwind and relax.
Personally, I like to shower or take a bath then put on lotion and pj’s. Some nights I’ll even go the extra mile and do my nails or a face mask. Regardless, I know night time is my time for manicuring and prepping myself for the next day.
I find night time is a really great time to pamper yourself because you have nothing left to do with your day. It’s always more relaxing to do a face mask and your nails when you aren’t in a rush!
If you don’t plan a set time to relax it can be really easy for bedtime to come and you’re still wound up from the day. I recommend giving yourself 30 minutes of relaxation time before going to sleep (even better without screen time).