A sweet friend of mine who blogs over at A Boy Mom recently tagged me in a “homemaker tag” post where tagged stay-at-home mom bloggers answer twenty questions and then tag two more friends when they’re done (read her answers here). Stasia tagged me and I thought it sounded like fun, so here we go!
This will be my very first Q&A on the blog so I’m looking forward to it!
1. Have you ever had anyone say anything negative to you about staying at home or working from home? Not since becoming a mother, thankfully. I used to get a lot of flack for choosing not to go to college and instead working very different jobs during and after high school, but I didn’t let that negativity bother me. I know a lot of people wouldn’t agree with my choice to stay at home instead of working, but I’m really not around those type of people, thankfully, so I’ve been blessed with only encouragement by those I spend time with.
2. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of staying home? My favorite thing is that I feel at peace in my heart, knowing that I am following God’s call for me to be a homemaker. That doesn’t mean I think it’s wrong to work outside the home, but I do believe that keeping the home is my first priority as a wife and mother. My least favorite thing is that I sometimes can get myself into a rut and not be as productive as I feel like I should because I’m not as “busy” as some other moms. But I think that’s just my personality– I enjoy slow days and a very empty schedule, so while that may look lazy to some, it’s just less busy. If that makes sense.
3. What are your favorite and least favorite chores? My favorite chore is probably cleaning up the living room and kitchen/dining room areas, because it’s usually a quick run through the room straightening up and so it only takes a minute to see the progress. Laundry, on the other hand, is the one chore I loathe. It’s never ending and seems to pile up in the blink of an eye no matter how much I get rid of.
4. What time do you wake up/go to bed? My alarm goes off at 4:40 AM every day and I am up soon after that during the week. I actually enjoy being up before the sun, but it’s only easy if I get to bed the night before at a decent hour, which may or may not happen, depending on Cord’s schedule that day/week/semester. If I can get six hours of uninterrupted sleep I’m a happy camper.
5. Do you put anything on in the background while you clean/cook/etc.? Sometimes. Usually I’m going from one end of the house to another (I’m a very sporadic cleaner) and that makes a podcast or book hard for me to keep up with, so I sometimes turn on country music or hymns or children’s Bible songs for Eden. But I also like to work in the quiet, so it really just depends on the day.
6. Do you get dressed most days or stay in your PJs? I get dressed. It may just be leggings and a T-shirt, but I don’t stay in my PJs unless I don’t feel well, and even then I still prefer to get dressed for the day.
7. How often do you do your hair and makeup? Almost everyday. I don’t wear much makeup so it doesn’t take very long to do (like five minutes), but I do like “having my face on” when Cord gets home, even if that means not putting makeup on till 6:00 at night. I want my husband to know that I still make an effort to look nice for him (even though he’s a sweetie and insists I don’t “need” makeup).
8. What is your “trouble zone” or area in your home that needs the most help? The room we call the office is also storage room, gym, and workshop for our many hobbies, so it’s a bit of a mess. I usually keep the door to that room shut so I don’t have to think about it. Ha! It’s a work in progress.
9. How often do you find yourself getting distracted? Um, so very often. I get very, very distracted easily.
10. Do you enjoy staying home or do you miss going to a job everyday? I miss the people (and the cows!) at my old jobs, but I don’t regret choosing to stay home. I’m very thankful my husband works so I don’t have to go to work every day and leave Eden with someone all the time.
11. What is your “never ending” chore? Like I mentioned before, it’s the laundry. Never. Stops. Ever. If I could pay someone to do one chore for me, it would be that. And I ain’t ashamed to admit it. Haha!
12. What is your favorite way to relax or have “me time”? My “me time” is during Eden’s nap time and that’s it. I usually reward myself with an afternoon cup of coffee and I sit and read or blog for a while, or catch up on the housework I wasn’t able to do when she was awake. One of these days I may get a day to myself for a haircut or pedicure or something fun like that but for now it’s nap time, and that’s fine because I’m pretty easy to please.
13. How often does your husband chip in? I don’t know that I would call it “chipping in” because we’re on a team and work together to make our home and family run smoothly, but he does help me with Eden and sometimes supper or other chores if he’s home in the evenings, and he’s a very busy person so when I feel like relaxing on the weekends he’s usually looking for something to do! So, I’d say he “chips in” pretty often!
14. If you have children, when do you find time to do chores? I like to get a lot done in the mornings since I’m an early bird, so getting a shower, the bedroom straightened up, laundry started and simple things like that are quick and easy things to get done before Eden wakes up. But I’m a big believer in having her help out with daily chores, so things like sweeping, unloading the dishwasher or rinsing dishes, wiping walls and mirrors, are things she can help me with and I don’t have to find time to do when she’s not next to me.
15. How do you balance being a homemaker and creating blog content? My blog started out as just an outlet for my writings whether people were going to read them or not, and has gradually turned into a motherhood/lifestyle blog as well, but there’s not a whole lot to balance right now because my blog is not a full time job. I don’t spend a ton of time blogging because, like I said, it’s just a hobby of mine, but I do hope to be able to keep writing about things dear to my heart and I pray it’s always an encouragement to at least one person. Writing has been my favorite thing to do for as long as I can remember, so I don’t think I’ll stop doing that until the day I die.
16. What is your favorite room in your home and why? Our kitchen, dining room, and living room are all kind of open to each other, with the dining area in the middle. I love them all, especially the dining area, because that’s where most of my plant babies are and it’s so refreshing to sit with a cup of coffee and look at the pretty greenery everywhere.
17. What is your least favorite room in your home and why? Remember the office/storage/gym/craft room I mentioned earlier? I don’t hate it, but it’s so cluttered with many different kinds of things that it really bothers me to go in there. That’s my excuse for not using the treadmill very often, because who wants to exercise in a stressful area?
18. Do you feel that your home reflects your personal style? Why or why not? We are renting our home currently, so there are obviously some things I would change if we owned the place (like the red-brown cabinets!), but honestly I love our cozy little cottage so much and will be sad to leave it someday. But yes, I think a lot about the place reflects my style: it’s a small house which is perfect, we have a garden in the backyard, it’s slowly becoming more minimalistic, and I’ve got my plant babies and books all over.
19. What does your home smell like? The way my house smells will forever be something I’m self-conscious about. Since I’m here all day every day, I sometimes wonder if there’s a smell I just don’t notice since I’m hardly ever gone. But I think I’m over-thinking it like I do everything else. If I had to describe it, I’d say our house smells like fresh air and coffee with some type of essential oil, because lately I’ve had the windows open and there is almost always a fresh pot of coffee on the counter and a diffuser going in the house.
20. What are your strong points and weak points when it comes to homemaking? I wouldn’t say I’m a professional homemaker, because I mess up daily and almost lose my mind every so often, but I do feel like this is exactly what I was meant to be, so the strong point would be that a lot of it just comes naturally to me. But my weak point? I’ve got so many. Maybe one would be that I’m not a very structured person in a lot of ways, so while I do like routine and being prepared, I tend to procrastinate sometimes. But that’s the awesome thing about homemaking: you can be really structured and do well, really laid back and do well, or right there in the middle (“type C,” here!) like me and do just fine too. Thank God for His wonderful grace!