There are some fundamental differences between a housekeeper and a homemaker. Here's why homemaking is not the same as housekeeping!
What comes to mind when you think of housekeeping? For me, it’s someone knocking on my hotel room door at an ungodly hour yelling “housekeeping!” When I let them in, it’s a five minute routine of changing the bedsheets and towels, vacuuming, and tidying the room around my stuff. While a homemaker may do all the things a housekeeper would, the duties go far beyond that. Here's why homemaking is not the same as housekeeping!
Why Homemaking is Not the Same as Housekeeping
1. You can be a lousy homemaker but an excellent housekeeper
One of the tasks most commonly associated with homemakers is cleaning the home. However, you can have a spotless house and still be a lousy homemaker. An excellent homemaker will have a clean and tidy home, but nothing like the five-minute hotel routine. A housekeeper’s title focuses on keeping the house tidy, as the name would suggest. Their sole purpose is to keep the house clean and make it shine. A homemaker, on the other hand, goes beyond those duties and focuses on creating a home and taking care of the people within the house.
2. Homemakers and housekeepers have different priorities
A housekeeper's duties are focused solely on the house. A housekeeper is focusing on keeping the home in tip-top shape whether that involves cleaning, organizing, fixing things around the home, doing laundry, and so on. A homemaker is prioritizing her family and the people who live in her home. Not only is she doing the housekeeping, in most cases, but she is also working to meet the needs of her family as well.
3. The values differ between a housekeeper and a homemaker
Housekeeping duties are focused on house chores and routine work, the overall goal here is to make sure the chores of the house are done well. Homemakers value all the emotional and spiritual aspects of the home such as family time and making their family happy. A housekeeper is there to do a job and knows exactly what needs to be done each time they enter the home. A homemaker, on the other hand, maybe cooking one minute and then helping the kids get ready for bed the next.
4. Housekeeping never leaves the four walls of your home
If you were to go on a vacation with your family, housekeeping would make sure that your house was clean and tidy upon your return. If you are the housekeeper of your house, this job will end the minute you walked out of the door for your vacation. A homemaker, on the other hand, lives by the motto “home is where my family is,” and when your family goes on that vacation, homemakers will turn wherever you go into a little slice of home.
Homemaking is a skill that can be learned but ultimately comes from the heart. It isn’t just about keeping a tidy house. Homemakers focus on serving their families and creating a happy home first, then everything else comes after.
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