I love blogs — the community, the near-constant stream of inspiration and challenge. I love connecting with other people on topics that are of interest to me.
But one of the dangers of reading blogs is that I can often walk away feeling discouraged. It’s so easy for bloggers to leave the impression that they have everything together, even if that’s not their intention. You read a “how to organize” post and feel like a schmuck because your closet is in disarray. You read a “how to manage your laundry” post and feel like a complete failure because you’ve been pulling clothes out of the dryer for the past week. You read a “feed your family whole foods for $.32 a day” post while planning your trip to Applebees because you just can’t pull it together enough to make dinner.
My friends and I call it the “blog perfect” syndrome. So many posts give a “blog perfect” view of life where everything has a place to live, all children are obedient and do chores and husbands and wives hold hands while arguing.
The reality is that the post you are reading represents a small sliver of that woman’s (or man’s) life. We are all good at a handful of things, struggle with another handful and maintain the rest.
I’ve been wanting to tackle the topic of homemaking for awhile now, which is weird because I’m really not great at it, nor do I particularly enjoy it. I’m so glad Emily, our frugal homemaking expert, is working with me on this series. We are going to spend the next few weeks sharing how each of us handles different aspects of making and keeping our homes. The fun part is that Emily and I are very different (we will discuss this later this week).
We hope you walk away with the idea that homemaking is such a personal endeavor. We all cook, clothe, clean and care for our families but do it in such different ways. We hope to inspire you with new ideas, encourage you as you relate with our weaknesses and motivate you to take your job as homemaker seriously, whether you work exclusively in your home or not.
Here are some of the topics we will be covering over the next month:
- Our philosophies, personality and principles when it comes to homemaking
- How we handle clothing and general organization
- How we deal with toys and related kid clutter
- How we manage laundry
- How we fit homemaking into our daily lives — the rhythm of our days