Maybe you’re overwhelmed by laundry or you can’t motivate yourself enough to keep the living room decluttered. Maybe you feel discouraged looking at the “perfect” homes on Instagram or feel lost when looking for cleaning tips on Pinterest or maybe you have just had it with your toddler who keeps purposefully pouring water on the floor.
When your full-time job focuses around keeping house and managing your home and family, it’s easy to become discouraged and lose sight of your homemaking goals and dreams. We all need some encouragement and a reminder as to why we do what we do.
We are slow, perhaps, to conceive of homemaking and, with it, the creation of beauty within the home, on the level of the everyday and ordinary, even the mundane. - Sarah Clarkson in The Life-Giving Home
As wives and mothers we are called to keep house.
Titus 2:3-5 (MSG) says, “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives.”
And in Proverbs 31 (MSG) it describes some of the attributes of a Godly wife, ”First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. (dude I really love the Message Version of this verse!)
When you are amidst the mountains of laundry and cannot find your way out, when you’re feeling discouraged and feel like you’re at a breaking point, remember that what you are doing is in the Bible, God has called us to this work.
Knowing that may encourage you but it doesn’t necessarily motivate you to actually do anything. Maybe it’s just me but feeling encouraged and being motivated is totally different in my mind. Being encouraged helps me understand the why’s while being motivated gets me moving and gives me the energy to keep going. I’ll be honest, I have trouble staying motivated, really, I do. I have, however, come up with a few tips to help jumpstart your motivation. I’m sharing these tips for myself just as much as I am sharing them for you.
Tips for Staying Motivated as a Mama + Homemaker
1. Create a To Do List
I absolutely have to have all my tasks written down somewhere. Like, all of my tasks. Otherwise, they will float around my head in flurry and cause me to be overwhelmed and then shut down. To do lists help me to keep going. Need help with your to do list?
Here are some resources for you to check out:
✓ Trello for the Rockstar Homemaker: In my mini-course I walk you through how to create a digital homemaking binder using Trello. Included in the digital homemaking binder are two options for to do lists! You can check out the mini-course by clicking here.
✓ THE Jess Lively shared a guest post on my blog, back in the day, and shared tips for staying productive. I love this quote from her post, "If you find that it helps you to stay focused on what matters, then it will be all the encouragement needed to continue the practice." Visit the post by clicking here.
✓ If you are unsure what to include on your daily to do list, I have a helpful post (with a printable!!) on what homemakers should include on their daily to do list. Click here to visit the post.
✓ You will also love this post on 12 ways to be an intentional homemaker, it is full of actionable tips and features a printable weekly tasks last.
2. Create and Stick to Routines
Kind of like with to do lists, if you don’t have a plan you won’t know what to do and you’ll end up overwhelm and forgetting to do the obvious (at least that’s how it is for me).
Resources for creating routines:
✓ I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to time management and routines, you can check it out here.
✓ In this blog post, I have an example of the routine my and my boys followed when William was 2-years-old and Daniel was a newborn baby.
3. Remember to Take Care of Yourself
My favorite little saying is, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” In other words, if you haven’t taken time to refresh and de-stress, how can you expect yourself to pour into the lives of others? I promise that you are not selfish for taking time for yourself! I PROMISE!
4. Cultivate a Positive Home Atmosphere
Be intentional about creating a home full of positivity and joy to help you stay focused and motivated as you go throughout their day.
I promise you are not a terrible mom or homemaker if you occasionally feel unmotivated or discouraged, it’s completely common. We have important jobs, running our homes and caring for our children, it’s only natural that we occasionally become overwhelmed, what matters is that we know how to build ourselves back up. You’ve got this mama, you are awesome, you are strong, you are beautiful and you can do this.