Keeper Of The Home: The Best Homemaking Advice
One of the best pieces of homemaking advice I’ve ever encountered was written in calligraphy and framed above our kitchen doorway. I read it every day of my life from the time I could read until it was packed away before our move to Costa Rica when I was a teenager. The words were simply this: “Doe the next thing.”
And they didn’t make a lick of sense to me.
“Doe?” A deer? A female deer?
“Do,” my mom explained. “Do the next thing. It’s an old spelling.”
Do the next thing. Well, that still didn’t make much sense to me! Don’t we always do the next thing? What else would we do besides the next thing?
Now that I’m all grown up, I get it.
We don’t always do the next thing, even when it’s staring us in the face.
Sometimes we don’t do anything at all.
Sometimes grown-up homemakers like me get so overwhelmed that we over-complicate everything and end up feeling like the only thing we can do next is cry.
There are days when dirty dishes are toppling off my limited counter space, when Little Dude has half a dozen immediate needs, when the dark side of adulthood (i.e. bills and taxes) makes me want to bury my head in a book and only come out for my birthday.
Those are the “this is harder than it should be” days; the days when homemaking gets complicated and I need a simple response.
Do the next thing.
Remembering that little quote can make all the difference between feeling overwhelmed verses feeling purposeful.
It reminds me to keep on keeping on, to be a woman of action, faithfully doing what needs to be done, even if it’s a mundane task I don’t particularly relish.