I hope you've had a lovely weekend and are ready to jump in to another week of Homemaker preparation.
As I've mentioned in some of my videos, I really do try to start implementing some of the more domestic responsibilities that I'll have in my own home, now, while I'm still living with my parents. Mixed in with a few of the more fun and enjoyable elements of domesticity like baking and decorating, of course.
Let's be clear though, I've been calling myself a domestic goddess ever since I nailed my first Pinterest Christmas cookie recipe (which can be found in this post), in 2015. But as I've matured, I realize now that it's so much more than that. It's about turning your living space into the the airbnb you love to stay at and the restaurant you love to eat at. By implementing some of the tips in this post, I think we'll all be able to be efficient and fabulous homemakers in no time flat!
9 Ways To Be A Domestic Goddess
A Good Planner
Bake From Scratch
Only Use The Best (It's not what you think)
Learn About Interior Design
Learn To Sew
EXTRA: Take A Dessert Decorating Class
A GOOD PLANNER
My obsession with planners started around 2012 when I began interning with a wedding planner in San Francisco. At this point in my life, I was certain I was destined to be a wedding planner after having watched years and years of Four Weddings and Say Yes To The Dress on TLC. I had dreams of being David Tutera's assistant and when I learned about Erin Condren and her stunning planners, I bought a gorgeous white and cream floral planner with my name in cursive script on the front to help me balance my internship with school.
Even though I no longer have those aspirations, I have continued to purchase gorgeous planners to motivate me to be as efficient as possible. I've discussed the importance of calendars before, but there's something about actually having to write things down, and cross them off that makes accomplishing tasks feel so much more satisfying.
Right now, I find that I get the most done when I actually write down my daily to-do list, so I can imagine as a wife and mom, it'll be absolutely imperative to write little reminders, appointments and birthdays down as well, instead of relying on my phone. As a homemaker, I think one of the most important things you can do, is plan and be prepared so you don't suffer from feeling overwhelmed or experience burnout. If you can remain on top of your to-do list and your schedule, you'll feel more in control of your life and your family.
Here are some of my favorite planners!
TEW VIBE PLANNER: https://thevibeplanner.com/
BAKE FROM SCRATCH
2012 was a formative year for me. It was my first year in college and was also the same year that I discovered Pinterest. My college roommates and I would send pins back and forth and would even drive back home just so we could attempt certain recipes we couldn't make in the dorms.
Baking from scratch isn't about stressing yourself out trying to be the perfect wife/girlfriend/mom/etc. It's about cultivating your creative side and having fun in the process. The traditionally feminine spirit operates from a place of creativity and the kitchen is an amazing place to test out this creativity. Whether it's through decorating a cake or throwing some cinnamon into a recipe that doesn't call for it! I'm definitely guilty of this.
Whatever the case, when I imagine a domestic goddess, I envision someone who is able to take average treats and make them visually stimulating and make them from scratch.
This one I've learned from my mom, and have begun introducing the concepts and her way of getting things done into my life. When we hear "multi-tasking", we automatically think of something negative. For example, talking on the phone while you're at lunch with a friend. Or texting while driving. But there is a positive aspect to multi-tasking as well.
When we look at multi-tasking from the perspective of trying to get the most done in the very few hours we have in a day, we might make certain decisions that will ultimately make life a little bit easier.
A perfect example of this is laundry. We all have it. We probably all hate it. Instead of thinking to ourselves, "I'll do laundry when I return home from doing errands." A great multi-tasking thought would be to put a load in WHILE you're out running errands. This way, chores at home are still getting done, while chores outside of the home are getting done as well.
I will forever talk about cleaning schedules and I have no clue when I'll implement one in my life. I'm not perfect y'all but I'm trying my best! I have pinned countless cleaning schedules on my Pinterest board and for some reason, I haven't been able to actually do one! Comment below if you have a schedule that works for you.
A cleaning schedule will be so important once I'm off living with Cain and especially once we have little ones running around. As a homemaker, keeping up with the household cleaning maintenance will not only save money on a cleaning crew, but will also create discipline in your life. And I think discipline is such a gift.
ONLY USE THE BEST
While we're on the topic of cleaning, let's also discuss cleaning products. SO many products are ridden with chemicals and toxins that are so poisonous to us and to our families. When I say "only use the best" I'm not talking about incredibly luxurious material things. Rather, I'm talking about what's best for your family.
Organic food, non-toxic cleaning products and soy candles are a great way to do this. Yes, you might have to finagle and sacrifice in other areas, but if it means you'll live a healthy life, then I think it's completely worth it.
You can do this in a very affordable way! By growing veggies and herbs outside and creating your own cleaning solutions with vinegar, baking soda, lemon, etc.
Here are some of my favorite non-toxic cleaning products
Yet another lesson learned from my mom is, what I'm calling, "efficient errands." My mother has always planned out her route for her daily errands, based on what would be the quickest and most effective. She lists out everywhere she has to go and figures out where to go first, second and third, depending on the lights, traffic, and right turns (since we can't turn left on a red).
It might seem overkill, but you'd be surprised how much time you can save by planning your route around making right turns, and timing things just right. It could be the difference between a quick trip, and ending up spending an hour in traffic.
The next time you have to make several stops in a day, think about what's the most efficient way to complete your tasks and go where you need to go!
You can't watch a homemaking video without hearing about meal prep and it's for a good reason! Meal prep is so important in keeping your home running smoothly. Going out to eat can really end up costing so much money, and ordering in simply isn't healthy.
Cooking often overwhelms many of us, but through meal prepping, we can spend one day cooking and the rest of the week heating up and enjoying healthy meals that WE prepared. We know what ingredients we used, we know where the food came from, and we have so much more control.
I fully intend to meal prep when I'm a married woman, so that my partner will not only always have something to eat, but so that we can save money and I can ensure the health of my loved ones! This is also something my mom did as we grew up and I loved it. Having a breakfast burrito in the freezer ready to take out and pop in the microwave or oven before school, saved us money and time in the morning.
All you have to do is choose 3 or 4 recipes you want to make for the week, spend one day shopping for all your ingredients, and spend another day cooking and storing them. It's that easy!
LEARN INTERIOR DESIGN
You don't have to be a host of Queer Eye to know a thing or two about design. As the keeper and curator of the home, it's important that you have a general idea of some interior design knowledge and tips.
Knowing what patterns and colors work well together, along with how high or low to hang your photos are all things that create a beautiful space. For example, hanging our curtains higher than the window, helps to make your space look bigger and feel more spacious. You can learn these tips through books, Pinterest, or (of course) Queer Eye!
LEARN TO SEW
It's so unfortunate that Home Economics isn't a class anymore because knowing how to sew is so important. It's not about sitting home and knitting or sewing as if we have nothing to do, but it's important to know how to sew a button or mend a tear if need be!
The longer you can take care of your clothing, the less you'll have to buy new things. And if there's one thing I've learned about homemaking from my mom and from The Daily Connoisseur, it's that frugality is of the utmost importance when you're a homemaker. Buying clothes simply because something has a rip, is a frivolous use of money and that money will pile up over time.
Online classes, YouTube videos and books are a great way to learn how to sew in today's day and age!
Cake Decorating Class!
In order to fulfill my Bree dreams, I've always wanted to take a cake or dessert decorating class! I think it adds just a little extra feminine flair and domestic achievement when you are able to decorate in a beautiful way! Whether it's a cake, cookies or whatever Baking Show creation you can think of, it's a beautiful way to show your true domestic superiority. ;)
Okay loves, that's it for today! I hope you enjoyed this fun post and you got some ideas for your domestic future. I love ya'll so much!