I checked out a few different books at the library on homemaking recently. As I have read through these, I have enjoyed them, and gotten helpful advice, but I noticed that there are no real short-cuts to running a house properly.
Although it is helpful to find new “tools” and techniques for homemaking, it all comes down to me actually doing it. We live in a time when getting things done around the house is pretty much optional. Society has given us a short-cut on most homemaker tasks. It’s all about faster results, with less effort. Sounds nice, huh?
This is something that has always been difficult for me. Growing-up, we were not told to make our beds, because they would just get unmade that evening. Food just had to be quick and easy. Cleaning was a good thing for when company was expected. I don’t mean to complain about my childhood, but let’s be honest, this mentality is rather common these days.
I have grown to understand why this thinking is not right:
- We discover all these wonderful “time-saving” techniques and products, and then…. what? We sit, get lazy, and end up snacking our time away, often times in front of a television.
- Any “fast, convenient, out-of -a-box food” is not even close to being as healthy as fresh, home-made food.
- It teaches our children to look for the “easy way out“.
It takes a deep dedication for women in this day and age to really take the step to be a hard-working homemaker, and then actually keep with it. I really do want to make our meals from scratch, using healthy ingredients. Then I walk into a grocery store. All the advertisements are for convenient meals. “Don’t bother making a homemade pie. For $5 you can enjoy this wonderful treat with none of the work.”
The bakery is always my biggest weakness. I know most of the products there are not a healthy or economical choice, but man do they look good! It is in these moments of temptation that I wonder, “Is it really worth all my extra work?”
If I can just manage to get out of the store without caving, I know that the moment I get home I will realize it was the right decision. Those store-made treats are nowhere near as good as homemade, and much less healthy. If I just can’t get beyond that feeling that I would really love a yummy treat, I can make one that tastes better. Yes it is harder to come by, but that really is a good thing. I need a pie to take hours of letting the dough sit in the fridge, and require lots of work, otherwise I would have one all the time!
And it doesn’t stop with foods. Strong chemical cleaners can clean your oven in a jiffy, just don’t mind the toxic off-gassing. Or, with vinegar, baking soda, and a little elbow grease, you can save money on cleaning products, and even more, not expose your kiddos to toxic fumes.
So how are we supposed to ease the temptation of convenience?
- Throw away pizza coupons when you get them in the mail.
- Avoid those trouble areas in the grocery store.
- Avoid t.v. programs with delicious looking commercials.
- Don’t buy unhealthy, expensive cleaning products. You will find a way to make do with what you have.
When it comes down to it, it’s still a test of strength, but by avoiding temptations we are more likely to succeed.
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27