It was almost twenty years ago when I began keeping my first home with my new spouse. It did not come easy for the both of us. We were combining two different family backgrounds and we had never lived together prior to exchanging marital vows.
Even though I came from an extremely organized home and had learned from an early age many lessons related to homemaking, I was not full prepared for my managing my own home. My husband came from a home with more relaxed standards than mine.
I soon became overwhelmed with piles of laundry and clutter, grocery shopping and meal planning, and stuff to do. It became glaringly apparent that I needed a routine to effectively maintain our home.
It was through trial and error, and much practice that I was able to tweak the routine that still serves us well today.
Routine is defined as “c
The technical definition makes a routine sound boring and so conforming. However, a well-implemented routine is a necessity in order for homemaking to become successful.
So why do stay-at-home moms (keepers of the home) need routines?
Why Do Stay-at-Home Mom’s Need a Routine?
- Provides structure
- Builds good habits
- Increases efficiency
- Negates the need for willpower and motivation
- Saves you time in the long run
- Saves your sanity
- Increases your focus
- Promotes better self-care for yourself
- More intentional with daily life
- Most importantly, allows us to live according to Scripture in our role as the keeper of our homes.
Keeper of the Home
Titus 2:3-5 states, that women are…” To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
The Greek translation of the words, Keeper of the Home, comes from two words, meaning “dwelling” and “to guard”. This means that a woman is to guard her dwelling.
What? Guard our homes?
Realistically, it means that women are to be fully aware of all the activities that go on within her home. Your job as the keeper of the home is to manage the activities of your own home. An effective routine will help set a positive tone for your home, provide structure, and provide a place of comfort.
Keeper of the Home Handbook
When a woman becomes a stay-at-home mom she is not given a guidebook. There is no description of her duties, including how to set up a routine. Many women grow up in homes with working mothers that never were taught the importance of following a routine.
Or maybe they had a mother who did not follow a routine. Understandably, many women grow up struggling with how to manage the home, set up a routine, and stick to one. And there are many downsides to not having a routine.
The Downside to Not Having a Routine
- May have difficulty finding time to get things done and feel accomplished.
- May have a disorganized and cluttered home.
- May have an unclean and unsanitary home.
- May feel extremely overwhelmed with performing her duties.
- Children are often being raised in a chaotic, stressful environment.
However, there is one important factor that you must be aware of-time is a gift and as the keepers of our home, we need to effectively manage that precious gift from the Lord.
Time is a Gift
We all have the same amount of time each and every single day. What we do with that time is entirely up to us. “ It is the choices you make that determine whether your progress or regress….this will shape who you are and what becomes of your life.” (Unknown)
As the keeper of your home (this ministry that you were called to be in), you have a choice to make. A choice that has eternal significance.
How are you going to manage your time?
Time is a gift. Don’t waste it. God has given you all the time you need in one day to get done, what needs to be done for that day.
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home
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