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What I Love About Being a Homemaker: Rewards and Benefits

Homemaking is a very special and emotional experience.

Homemaking is a very special and emotional experience.

Definitions

Homemaker: The person who chooses to stay home full time to manage the household.

Homemaking: The establishment or management of a home (the homemaker's duties).

How to Choose Who Stays Home

Once a family decides that one person needs to take on the role of homemaker, the next tough step is deciding which member of the family will accept the responsibility.

To aid in choosing who will take on the role of homemaker within the family, here are a few questions to ask:

  • Who makes the most money for the family?
  • Who has the most reliable and/or beneficial job (or career)?
  • Who would be more productive and efficient in completing daily routines and chores within the household?

Becoming a Homemaker

For one to become a homemaker one does not have to be a housewife, or married, and one certainly does not have to be a woman or a member of any certain religion.

To become a homemaker all one needs to possess is love, time, and patience.

It Is a Personal Choice

The choice to become a homemaker is a very personal decision. The choice must be made first, by the one who will be expected to stay home, and second, by the family as a whole.

Becoming a homemaker is not a negative lifestyle nor should homemakers be compared to those who have careers. It is an alternative lifestyle that a family chooses to allow ease and happiness within the home.

Making the transition from being a financially independent individual to becoming a dependent homemaker, is a very difficult and overwhelming life change.

It takes courage for one to sacrifice personal security for the health, well-being, and comfort of other people.

Becoming a homemaker is one of the most selfless acts a person can make.

The decision to become a homemaker is a personal and selfless choice.

The decision to become a homemaker is a personal and selfless choice.

For the Love of the Family

Many people do not understand the choice to stay home full time.

The decision for one to stay home full time, giving up one's own career and financial independence, is because of the fact that having a life, family, money, and a home is very difficult to balance.

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The flow of the family dynamic becomes easier when one partner stays home full time to care for the household and/or the children.

Staying home reduces stress, anxiety, and depression within the entire family, ultimately creating a home filled with strength, success, and love.

All for the family.

All for the family.

Beginning the Transition

The transition begins with one person of the family leaving (or quitting) their career (or job), sacrificing one's personal income to stay home full time.

In the very beginning, the house clutter will be overwhelming, life will seem impossible to sort through and organize, stress will begin bubble within, and when the children are screaming, running, and destroying everything, taking refuge in the bathroom will be a necessity.

At first the transition will be difficult, but with time, dedication, and love one can find peace and balance in the new career and lifestyle of being a full time homemaker.

A List of Household Chores

Some of the chores and daily routines a homemaker is responsible for is as follows (but are not limited to):

  • Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Preparing and cooking the daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)
  • Making sure the house is clean and organized
  • Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting
  • Talking care of the household pets
  • Paying bills and keeping track of finances
  • Ensuring everyone is awake, dressed, and fed before work and/or school (this includes the homemaker, as well!)
  • Age-appropriate activities for the children of the household
  • Inquiring about the day, allowing family members to open up and talk about what's on their minds

The Importand Roles of a Homemaker

The homemaker of the family takes on a heavy burden when deciding to care for a family and a household.

The homemaker is responsible for how the household runs, how it is organized, daily routines and chores, and the health and well-being of the family.

It is important that the homemaker discover how to best organize each room in the household in order to achieve efficiency, ease, and comfort. If the items that are used on a daily basis are easily accessible it will help reduce the stress, anxiety, and irritability within the home.

The homemaker must also ensure that the home is clean and comfortable.

The homemaker is responsible for preparing and cooking the meals of the day. If the homemaker prepares healthy, balanced, and homemade meals in the kitchen it will greatly improve the health (both physical and mental) of the family.

Homemaking and preparing healthy homemade food go together like love and marriage.

It is also important that the homemaker ensure that the house always has healthy and delicious food options in the pantry and the refrigerator. By taking time and having patience in the grocery store, one can find incredibly healthy options for a small amount of money.

One of the most difficult responsibilities the homemaker takes on is making sure the family stays frugal with the finances. When a family loses a full income, finances grow tighter, which means the family must be aware that some lifestyle habits, such as eating out at restaurants, must be given up, and the homemaker must make sure happiness is still achieved on a tighter budget.

The household chores, routines, and duties will vary depending on the size of the home, the family income, and the personal lifestyle of individual families.

The homemaker does not necessarily need to be fully responsible in carrying out each duty, but the homemaker is responsible for making sure that each daily chore is completed by the day's end. (For example, if the children have chores, the homemaker is responsible for making sure that the children actually complete those daily chores).

Here I am carrying out the important household chores (I promise I did those dishes after I was finished cooking up some good grub).

Here I am carrying out the important household chores (I promise I did those dishes after I was finished cooking up some good grub).

Discovering Balance

After a few long weeks, maybe months (or even years), one will finally discover the balance of raising a family and taking care of a home full time. One will discover their own stability and happiness and will even be able to help support the emotions of the others in the home as well.

Two years later and I have no regrets.

Two years later and I have no regrets.

It Takes Strength

Many people believe that weakness is associated with the decision of becoming a homemaker. This is entirely untrue, the decision to stay home and raise a household to be strong, independent, nurturing, comfortable, loving, caring, and whole takes a serious amount of time and dedication. The decision to be a homemaker is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of serious strength. It is harder to stay home and face life's daily stresses head on than it is to go to work and forget about them for eight hours.

Homemaking is a Special Experience

The experience of staying home full time is a very endearing and special experience.

Being able to observe the family, discover balance, and having the responsibility to care and love for a family is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have in life.

Being a homemaker is a very difficult and time consuming career.

Homemaking takes courage, strength, and dedication.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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