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I Can’t Do Everything, But I Can Do Something {Homemaking Encouragement}

As a homemaker who commutes to an office job each day, I often feel like I’m just barely crossing off my weekly to-do list before it’s time to flip the planner page and start a new week.

There’s so much more that I want to do. I want to make more snacks from scratch. I want to finish decorating the wall in the living room. I want to deep clean the bathrooms. I want to put new shelf liner in all the kitchen cabinets. But most weeks, there’s just not time for extra projects like that.

Maybe you’re on the opposite end of the scale and you really don’t want to do the basics – laundry, washing dishes, cleaning toilets – it’s just not something you want to do at any point during your week.

Wherever you find yourself, I hope to encourage you with this homemaking mantra: I can’t do everything, but I can do something.

One morning recently I had 5 minutes before I had to walk out the door for work. The dishwasher was full of clean dishes from the night before. In the sink were a few cups, my coffee mug and my breakfast dishes.

I had a choice. I could be annoyed because I didn’t have time to empty the dishwasher or I could take those moments to hand wash the few sitting in the sink.

I chose to wash the dishes. When I came home from work, I still had to put away all the clean dishes, but the counters were tidy and I felt more peaceful.

I can’t do everything, but I can do something.

I’ve also been applying this mantra when it comes to entertaining. When out of town family stops by on the weekend, I would rather serve a homemade supper at our house. But I probably don’t have time to make supper and complete Saturday’s cleaning tasks.

For me, that means I entertain my family in a clean house before we all head to our favorite Mexican place for supper! I can’t do everything, but I can do something.

Whether you struggle with overwhelm or a lack of motivation when it comes to homemaking, I hope this will encourage you as it has encouraged me!

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. Proverbs 14:1

It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman. Proverbs 21:19 (a good reason to show ourselves some grace!)

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6 thoughts on “I Can’t Do Everything, But I Can Do Something {Homemaking Encouragement}

  1. Great encouragement! The “more mature” I get, I cannot even do all that I used to do…but I don’t want that to become an excuse to do nothing (especially when it come to entertaining but in many ways)!


    1. You definitely have to find a balance. I struggle with migraines, and that’s one reason I make myself choose one thing or the other (clean house or home cooked meal). Neither of those are fun if I’m too sick to enjoy them!


  2. Good advice! All those little things add up to making your house run smoother. Have you ever read the book The Fringe Hours? It is all about finding ways to do the things you love in the small moments of free time throughout your day. You may not have hours to devote to a new hobby or craft, but you do have 20 minutes here and there. Take advantage of them! I’ve started paying more attention to the time it takes me to do a task. Maybe I’m dreading unloading the dishwasher. Then I realize it takes me 5 minutes to do it and the task doesn’t seem so bad.


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