About Tales of a Modern Homemaker
Welcome to Tales of a Modern Homemaker, a website with a smorgasbord of information related to homemaking! My name is Lisa, and I am what one might call a stay-at-home wife. When I tell people this, I get asked the usual question, “What do you do all day?” My response is, “A little bit of everything.” I firmly believe that homemaking is a science. Just look at the number of home economics courses now being taught in schools. For years I worked both full and part-time jobs outside of the home, only to discover I was having difficulty finding the time to do housework. One day I had an “aha” moment. Housework is a full-time job in and of itself!
I recently sat down to write a job description for homemaker. I started with the actual dictionary definition. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a homemaker as “a wife who does work (such as sewing, cooking and cleaning) at home and usually does not have another job outside the home.” I am not surprised at how the definition implies that housework is a woman’s domain. It is just another example of institutionalized sexism that continues to persist even in these modern times. What I do love about this definition is that it acknowledges homemaking as an actual job. One need not go further than Craigslist for evidence. On a daily basis, there are numerous ads seeking housecleaners, child and elderly caretakers, dog walkers, errand runners, therapists, cooks, personal assistants, gardeners, house sitters, pet sitters, computer help desk persons, personal shoppers, party planners, chauffeurs, etc. Homemaking encompasses all of these services and more! The compensation for these services usually ranges from $10 to $20 an hour. In all my years of experience as a homemaker, I haven’t been paid a dime.
This is not to imply that homemaking is all about money. I have to say that there is something truly gratifying about creating a wonderful home atmosphere. As the famous expression says, “Home is where the heart is.” I always feel such a sense of accomplishment after making the house look spotless or cooking a delicious meal.
I am also not devaluing work outside the home. Obviously, one must be realistic when it comes to financial stability. Unfortunately, there are many persons “burning the candle at both ends.” They work a full-time job only to come home to another. I often wonder how many of these people are the voices behind the Craigslist ads seeking help urgently. I believe the importance of homemaking should not be overlooked whether household members provide these services themselves or hire someone instead.
I hope you will continue to join me as I share my experiences as a homemaker. Happy homemaking!