A homesteading housewife. This is who I seek to be. A homesteading homemaker who wishes to serve her family and property while creating a homesteading life. Living a simple life is the desire for many woman like myself. Whatever it takes, we will achieve these goals.
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The homesteading life awakens many unknown feelings in women. We seek to live a simpler lifestyle, and do everything possible to achieve it. Homesteading women make serving their family and property a priority.
For women like us, it’s all in a days work.
The Homesteading Housewife
Remember that women back in the day? No? Well, think back to your grandmother or great-grandmother’s era.
More than likely she was a homesteading housewife who woke before her family. And more times than not, before the sun even rose. This woman wore her apron as it were part of her attire for the day.
She had bread rising and breakfast made before anyone even rose to start the day. The coffee was always warm, the butter was often freshly made, and the breakfast table was set.
This amazing homesteading housewife was generally organized. Planning the daily chores and the rest of the meals in her head as she washed the breakfast dishes.
I can’t help but compare myself, and my life, to this woman.
A Modern Homesteading Homemaker
But alas, we life in the 21st century. Where the cost of living exceeds a single income. Even for those who live frugally.
Can the goal to become a homesteading homemaker be achieved in this day and age? Most definitely.
Living a simple life is part of who homesteading women are. Homesteading homemakers are fighters, we will achieve the goals we set our minds to. Even if this means maintaining family, home, and property as we work outside of the home.
This group of women is known as, modern homesteading homemakers.
The schedule for a modern homemaker is much different than one who stays home full time. This woman is a warrior. A superhero. There’s no doubt about it.
She is the master schedule maker. The organized individual who must plan minute by minute the moment she her feet touch the ground.
You see, she may have clocked out of her day job, but her job is not yet over for the day.
This homesteading homemaker greets her husband, sets-up her children to do homework or chores, cooks dinner, and then….and THEN….goes about caring for her home AND homestead.
You see, regardless of her busy schedule she never lost the desire or the necessary skills to serve her family.
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The Homesteading Life of a Modern Homesteading Homemaker
She changes from her work attire, puts on her apron and set about living a simple life at 5pm.
She walks the garden harvesting everything which needs to be gathered. Taking mental notes on what will need to be preserved over the weekend, and whether the garden will need to be weeded this weekend or the next. You’ll often see her checking the time to see if she can drop more seeds before tucking the kids in for the night.
This modern homemaker has more than likely milked the goat and/or cow prior to leaving for work, but the PM milking must still happen.
She fed the livestock and poultry before heading off to work, but must now complete the evening chores.
Did the goat kid while she was gone? Have the chicks hatched? The rabbits must be fed and checked on and the ducks must be brought up from the pond.
Once the livestock are tucked away for the night, the chores for the next morning must be completed. The waterers and feed bowls are filled. The hay feeders are topped off, the eggs are collected and the nesting boxes are freshened.
These evening chores could have been completed in the morning. But she opts to do them before putting the kids into the bath. Spending a few extra moments with her family in the morning is priceless to her.
The desire and strength which a modern homesteading homemaker contains is beyond impressive. It is admirable.
Living a Simple Life as a Homesteading Housewife
Whether you are a full-time homesteading housewife or a modern homesteading homemaker the end goal is the same, live the simplest life we can live. Serve our family. And care for our property.
We, as mothers, wives, farm girls, housewives, modern homemakers, take the path which best fits the life we live.
I work from home. Spending roughly 40 to 50 hours a week curating content, speaking, freelance writing, encouraging others to live a simple life through homesteading.
I’m up early and go to bed long after my family has. I complete morning chores, tend the garden, raise livestock, put meat into the freezer, preserve the harvest, and prepares meals as a full-time homesteading housewife would.
I serve my family makings sure to never neglect their needs. Even if this means putting my needs second. The role of a modern homesteading housewife is what I chose.
When the family or homestead require my immediate attention work (the brand) is put on the back burner. For example, during the summer months.
I do not feel the need to wear make-up on or do my hair daily. However, when I do it’s small amount of blush and mascara. If I’m feeling extra saucy I may add a bit of eyeliner.
My attire consists of yoga pants and flannels, with an occasional dress or skirt thrown into the mix. What I do wear religiously is an apron. There is nothing better to wipe my hands on, carry eggs in, or dust furniture with.
Finding the Balance
Would I change the way I am doing things? Could I minimize my workload to make life ‘easier’?
I would not change a single aspect of my life.
Finding the delicate balance of maintaining homestead, homemaking, and a job takes skill. Only you can determine if a change is needed.
The Homesteading Life
Some of you dream for the opportunity to work from home or become a full-time homesteading housewife. And I’ll be the first one to tell you, never give up this dream if this is what you seek.
There is no greater life than this. Regardless if you are able to do it full time or not. And don’t worry, there’s not wrong with the ‘or not’.
A homesteading life does not consist of being the perfect homesteading homemaker. A modern homemaker does not need to cook from scratch every meal. Nor does she need to feel guilty about grabbing pizza or Chinese to feed her family.
This woman will fail daily. However, that’s okay. Millions fail daily.
The modern homesteading homemaker will think she doesn’t offer or provide enough. She will always think she needs to do more.
She will only succeed if she learns to forgive herself. And in truth, there’s nothing to forgive. She is perfect. She is a homesteading housewife. A homemaker. A hero to her family.
You. Are. Perfect. And so am I.