Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Staying at Home is Not a Waste of time if You Don't Waste It

I got this article from another blog, Making a House a Home, and I just love it. I wish more women would think like this and care for their family and house as much as they care for themselves. Many women seem almost selfish with how much "me-time" they get. I am sure that some women feel that staying at home is taking the "easy" way in life, but like any job, it has it's joyful times and it's grunge times. When most women were homemakers, they learned what to so with the time they had. I can tell you just a few things that are important. 1. Meals and clean dishes are a priority. 2. Clean clothes are next, and in most cases, outer clothing can be worn more than once before washing, so that the laundry pile is limited and does not get really overwhelming. 3. A clean floor and a sanitary bathroom is necessary. Things that are not necessary: 1. Gourmet meals are not important. Families can be happy with very simple food. 2. Entertainment is not a priority. A lot of time is wasted watching television. 3. Impressing other people is not something a homemaker needs to do. There are no set ways to keep house, because every family has a slightly different way of life. As long as it suits you and your family's schedule and style of living, that is what is important. As for what you should be doing to fill up the time, women usually had needlework and interesting hobbies like knitting or sewing, painting, writing, etc. that they did when they are not doing the main things of the home, such as meals and getting people ready for the next day. If you will visit antique stores, you will see that a lot of this crochet and embroidery is now surfacing from estate sales. These are works of art that were most often done in the home, during a lull in family activity, while waiting for something, or inbetween jobs of the house. Most women liked to keep busy, and doing things with their hands created some results like doilies and runners and table cloths, curtains, and various items of clothing. You can still see some of these things in the antique stores. They are highly treasured by collectors and by people like me, who know they represent the time and patience of women who loved their home and wanted to make them beautiful. I find it fasinating that even though mothers at home were very busy, they still did something like this. Some of these women still talk about the "slower life" when they made their own soap or baked a pie, and yet still managed to knit a hat or a pair of socks for every member of the family in winter. They were not in their cars all the time, and the family car was reserved for the breadwinner, so they learned to stock up on things that they needed, in order to spend a lot of time at the home place. Catalogs contained handicraft kits you could order, which would also include books that helped you learn to knit or crochet or some other thing. Being at home did not mean complete confinement. There was plenty to do, and if the women wanted to, they could always read a good book. Some of our mothers spent a lot of time reading. In those days, people would go through their books and magazines and load them up into a big box, and give them on to another family. Not all of the books were good, but it was easy to find some valuable reading material that would absorb a woman at home. The important thing about being home and having the responsiblity of the family and the house, is not that others think it is okay, or that anyone approves, but that it is something that God gave us permission to do. By being able to be home, women are freed from the repetive work and endless travelling toto and fro, to get a paycheck. At home, they have the liberty to use their creativity to gaurd their husband's money and help him make a profit. Thay are hoem to gaurd the family posessions and see that eveything is cared for. Over the years, there has been an attitude that it doesn't matter how we treat our clothes, our sheets, and blankets, our furniture, or our dishes, but if they are treated gently and cleaned properly, repaired, and stored adequately, they will last much longer and not require replacement, which will mean there will be less money going out. The purpose of women at home go far deeper than just being in the house. She is on gaurd. She is looking for ways to be effecient with time and money. She is learning to be resourceful by using things she already has. She also preserves her marriage, because her time and her emotions are not divided between the outside world and home. She has more time to think about her husband and more time to take care of him. She will be better-rested and have more patience to listen to his troubles. There have always been women who will waste their time at home, complaining of boredom. That does not mean it is a standard or a truth. It just means they haven't learned how to deal with the responsiblities of the home. The Bible says that they should keep house, lest the word of God be blasphemed. If a woman has let her house go to ruin and decay, it is a shame, because it doesn't glorify God.

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