Majority of the people I encounter wonder what I do since I am a housewife sans kids. I understand that it is more reasonable for a mom to stay at home than a wife without children. So I’ll let you in on what I usually do (in no particular order since I don’t have a routine, but I’ll list them in numbers for reference). I’m not sure if I can cover everything, but these are the things I can think of that I usually do:
- Prayer time / quiet time with God
- Brush my teeth
- Take a bath
- Date night with my husband at least once a week
- Spend quality time with my husband daily
- Go to my mom’s house, visit / accompany my sister
- Spend quality time with my nephew and niece
- Check email
- Check instant messaging app for messages from my sisters / friends
- Make the bed
- Wash the dishes
- Fold clothes
- Iron clothes
- Clean appliances (e.g. electric fan, refrigerator, etc.)
- Clean the bathroom
- Wash the rugs
- Water the plants
- Refill the water bottles
- FiIl the ice cube tray
- Check supplies in each room and refill them if running out (e.g. toothpaste, tissue, etc.)
- Check supplies for upcoming visit to grocery
- Check for any home improvements / maintenance to be done (e.g. faucet)
- Throw the trash
- Prepare my husband’s things for work every morning
- Charge my husband’s cellphone
- Update my husband’s cellphone
- Bring water in our bedroom during bedtime
- Monitor credit card purchases
- Make bank account fund transfers / deposits
- Pay bills
- Invest in stocks
I’m often asked if I don’t get bored and my answer is always the same: no. Why would I? I have 45 things to do!
Kidding aside, I want to say something to the woman who feels the same way as me—who wants to be a housewife not because she has kids (because she doesn’t have one) but because she wants to be a wife who works in her own house (not working inside her own house).
Hey, beautiful! If that is your choice and you have already prayed for it and talked about it with your husband, you don’t have nothing to be ashamed. Remember that you are made for a purpose and that purpose doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to work to provide (as per Bible, that’s our husband’s role though nothing is wrong with helping—you get my point), but your life’s purpose runs deeper than having your own source of income—to embrace that whatever work you decide to do, as long as you are doing it for the Lord, you’ll never go wrong!
What I do is that I dedicate everything that I do to the Lord. I talk to Him and acknowledge that I’m doing those things for His glory. Yes, I dedicate every work that I do to God—even the simple chore of sweeping the floor!
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
– Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
As a housewife, you may not receive any monetary compensation, but since it is the Lord Christ you are serving, you know that your work is not in vain.