Valuable Pursuits for the Homemaking Mother
Create a home library and collect quality classic books
Build up your home libraries with literature and reference material, especially authored prior to the '60s. Information is disappearing and you can't count on ebooks with reliable info to be there! Read to your kids from old books and the Bible. Show them original documents. Homeschool websites have reading lists per age level that are helpful if you're just getting started. I love old books for children by authors like Eva March Tappan and James Baldwin. I also make sure to have plenty of reference, non fiction books on many skills and subjects.
Learn about home education methods
Depending on your family's goals, there are different approaches to educating children at home. My goals are to raise critical thinkers who question everything with a solid background in Bible and history. I found that the Charlotte Mason and unschooling approach worked well for us, but I learned about and tried many other ways before we got there.
Creating at least 10 meals that you can cook well
You don't have to have a different meal for 30 days a month, unless that's really where your passion lies. I can do about 10 different meals reasonably well and we rotate those throughout the month. And we order pizza every single Friday.
Plant herbs and leafy greens (indoor or outdoor)
If you've never gardened, start small. Start with one pot of spinach on a sunny countertop. Or buy a rosemary plant and care for it well. Rosemary can be used in cooking, cleaning, and medicinally. People think they don't have a green thumb, but it's really just because they forget to water their plants.
Raise backyard poultry for eggs
Not only are backyard birds (chickens and ducks) adorable, their eggs are an easy source of protein and B vitamins that are necessary for growing children. You don't need a fancy coop. Just a warm place for them to sleep. Let them free range and you will have some happy hens!
Decorate your home
Making your home orderly and pleasing to the eye incorporates many different skills. If you're frugal like me, it means taking thrift store finds and fixing them up. I love finding well made beautiful things for a few dollars. It takes time to bring a room together this way, but if you stick with classic pieces that stand the test of time, it will last you a lot longer than trendy junk from Hobby Lobby. Bring in softness with different fabrics, texture from accessories, and a coordinating color palette. Don't forget different lamps to create ambiance (my small living room alone has 7 lamps in it!)
Learn basic sewing, tailoring, and fabric repair skills
I don't know how many times I've needed to repair holes in my son's shorts or help them create costumes. I've even turned relaxed fit jeans into skinny fit. Sewing is a skill I use very often in home making. It doesn't have to be perfect to bless your family and save you money.