A lot of women consider homekeeping drudgery. It is something that must be done over and over. It’s not like a project that has a beginning and ending point. It isn’t something that earns you accolades or gets you published. You aren’t going to become famous keeping a home, and most of the time no one is even going to notice what you’ve done throughout the day.
I’ve written before about the monotony of homemaking as well as homemaker burnout, but this post isn’t about breaking up the day or even how to be a good homemaker. It’s about being encouraged a little bit at a time.
One of the best ways I’ve found to be encouraged in my homemaking endeavors is to listen to audios that are specific to homemakers. I may not have time to sit down with a book, but I can put on a podcast and keep going with my day. Even now, as I’m recovering from having baby #9, I’m finding great encouragement in listening as I nurse my little one. In fact, last night I sat on the floor outside my toddler’s door and listened to a podcast as I kept watch over his nighttime escape attempts. (He is almost 2 and naps and bedtime have become a struggle because he’s too busy to sleep!)
I thought you might be interested in what is currently in my podcast queue as well as some free downloads I’ve found online that are specifically geared toward the homemaker.
I was only able to find 16 of Melissa Ringstaff’s podcasts on iTunes, but after searching a bit, I found 65 Days worth of her From Calm to Chaos podcast series on her blog, AVirtuousWoman.org.
Laura’s podcasts cover everything from homeschooling to freezer cooking to teaching Scripture to your children! She currently has 11 podcasts available for download on her website.
The link above goes to all the free downloads from Sovereign Grace Ministries on the topic of Biblical Womanhood. I love Carolyn Mahaney’s down to earth practical speaking style!
Donna Otto currently has 301 podcasts available with topics on everything from Scripture to communication in marriage. The link above (and all following) are iTunes links. You can listen via the Podcasts app on your Apple device or download the iTunes app to your computer or other device. Many of these podcasts are also available on Stitcher.
I heard so many good things about Keri Mae’s podcasts, I couldn’t wait to add her to my queue. I am currently listening to the Downsizing Our Home series.
Years and years ago, I took the information on FLYlady and ran with it, transforming my home in the process. As our family grew, many of FLYlady’s tactics didn’t work as well as they once had, but still today, I use things I learned from her to keep my home running smoothly.
Lisa has some great information on organizing. I enjoy reading her blog, but it’s especially nice to be able to listen to her organizing tips when I don’t have the time to read.
Topics on organizing your closet to finding the time to cook! The audio quality isn’t the best, and there are only 10 very short episodes, but they were very good.
Over a hundred episodes, all nice and short, so you don’t have to carve out a lot of time to listen. Topics range from how to clean a washing machine to how to make your home smell good.
I know Dana (aka Nony the Slob) personally, and just love her! She has been blogging through her personal deslobification (as she calls it), and encourages other women to learn to keep a decluttered and “clean enough” home with practical real-life tips.
By the way, Nony’s 2 ebook set (affiliate link) is on sale all of January for $5 total (usually $5 a piece!) – no coupon code needed.
Who knows, maybe someday I’ll make a podcast! Until then, I hope you enjoy the ones I’ve listed!
Did I miss one of your favorite homemaking podcasts? Know of any free mp3 downloads that would encourage the homemaker? Let me know!