A Lovely Memory
When I was a teenager and through my young adulthood, I remember my Mum slaving over the stove every day. Chopping, stirring, tasting, and preparing every meal with a very quiet kind of love.
She did not insist that we thank her. Most of the time, we did not. Sometimes she would gulp down a few bites and say that she is full. Other times, we got to have her around meals, but she would usually be in a rush. Dad would tease that she was not savoring her food, but Mum would simply smile and say, “It’s okay, I’m full.”
Then she would go on about her tasks. It just never seemed to end. Did I mention that she was a working Mum? In fact, she still is.
The fact that she was working full-time, juggling the many growing needs of my siblings and I, and still managing to cook almost every day for us – leaves me in amazement even till today. She is my lovely inspiration. 🙂
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Homemaking is an Art
But if I could have a do-over in any part of this, I would have asked her to train me in how to be a good homemaker. You see, the only “training” I received before getting married was a little bit of baking, learning to fry fish and cook rice from my grandma, and some practice on washing dishes and doing the laundry. Oh, and a little sewing and mending of clothes. But that was all. I was not a very equipped homemaker when I married Bren 6 years ago.
My heart was in a right place, and I had the best intentions, but if you could see the hilarious meal-fails I had or the way I lost track of time checking my emails and never getting round to doing the huge pile of laundry, you would know that I needed some tips. Good tips from an experienced homemaker, and a lot of discipline and encouragement.
So I doggedly stumbled my way through this learning curve, knowing at the back of my mind that I needed to create more order in my days and to manage my time better. Through lots of trial and error, I finally found methods that worked for me and I enjoyed creating systems for (almost) every part of my life. It’s true, some of my friends were shocked when they learned I have a system even for my accessories – yup, I created a list to wear them each day so that I don’t waste any of it! Most of them are gifts. These routines have simplified my life so much.
My Homemaking Approach
Learning to balance prudence, organization, and living simply while managing my home with lovely touches of my own became my core homemaking approach.
One day, I happily realized that I wasn’t the same homemaker that I was 6 years ago! My dear husband must be so thankful. 🙂 I hardly break plates or bowls now (haha), and my meals are so much more edible (no more throwing away too-salty noodles!).
If I could give you a good gift this 2017, it would be this: “101 Ways to Create Order and Loveliness in Your Home Today!“. I created this resource checklist for you because I was receiving emails from wonderful women who were struggling with managing basic household chores and who felt ill-equipped in taking care of their homes. I understood feeling overwhelmed and the stress in managing nitty-gritty details. I did not want to simply have an organized home – I wanted a lovely home-life that had order and beauty!
My belief is that every woman is called to be a homemaker. As long as you have a home to care for, you are privileged with the calling of being a homemaker! And I pray that with this practical resource checklist, you will be inspired to make a few improvements to your homemaking skill this new year!
We make the house a home.
We set the tone.
We create the atmosphere – lovely, or not.
What your husband remembers, what your children recall, or even what your friends will remember you for – that is your legacy. That is your daily gift to them.
What do you want them to remember?
A few of my favorite ways to create order and loveliness in my daily life are:
- Getting fresh flowers and lighting these deliciously-scented Yankee Candles around the house (away from young children of course!).
- Using a pretty Filofax to organize my responsibilities and clearing space in my schedule for time alone with God to realign my schedule to His priorities for my season of life.
- Using freezer cooking to save time and money in my meal-planning! This book is highly recommended – “Once a Month Cooking“. 🙂
May this list of 101 items spark ideas and inspirations for you this 2017! Transform your days from overwhelmed to organized, & from dull to delightful with these practical tips today!
Just 101 little steps.
The key is to stick with it. 🙂 Don’t give up too soon.
You can create order and loveliness in your home-life too! Live a life you love.
Cultivate the discipline of celebration and continual thanksgiving. God is a good God, and His faithfulness alone is worth praising!
Here is a free desktop wallpaper for January to help remind us that we are to continually look to the interests of others.
Keep serving your loved ones with your heart of love!
Let us make it our goal this new year. 🙂
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