Scheduling chores can help keep your home pristine.

How to Be a Great Homemaker for Your Husband

by Elise Wile

The saying, "Behind every successful man is a woman," may not be true in every case, but it can certainly apply to your married life. When you put the effort into making a lovely, peaceful and well-run home, your husband is free to focus his energies on other pursuits, such as advancing in his career. Not only will he thrive, but he'll also feel loved.

1. Ambience

Audrey Hepburn once said that homemaking is "the flowers you choose, the music you play, the smile you have waiting." A house may be tidy, but a home will have pleasant smells emanating from the kitchen and the children's artwork hanging on the refrigerator. Your attitude also helps to create a pleasant atmosphere. If you've had a difficult day -- say, the dishwasher broke and you've discovered a nest of mice in the basement -- try not to let it affect the other people in your home. Maintaining an upbeat attitude will make your abode a place that your husband is happy to come home to.

2. Food

Food preparation is one of the most important aspects of homemaking. To be the best at what you do, find the most economical prices on the best quality foods your family can afford. Keeping an eye on store circulars can help you find sales each week, and clipping coupons will trim a few dollars from your food bill. Don't allow yourself to fall into a rut in the kitchen. Keep your man's stomach happy by trying new recipes you've found online or in a cookbook. Continually seek to improve your kitchen skills by watching cooking shows and learning about new cuisines.

3. Cleanliness

Keeping a home clean and organized is no small task. Scheduling cleaning tasks can help ensure that your home is always company ready. For example, you might decide to vacuum on Tuesdays and Saturdays, clean the bathrooms every Monday and clean the windows the first Friday of each month. Other tasks, such as picking up, dishes and laundry, need to be done every day to keep things running smoothly and to prevent your home from having an unkempt appearance. Adopt habits such as wiping out the bathroom sink after you brush your teeth each morning to save time each day, says homemaking expert Melissa Michaels on her website TheInspiredRoom.com. Your husband will feel proud when your in-laws call to say they'll be dropping by and there's no need for a panicky last-minute cleaning.

4. Overall Management

Being a homemaker isn't all cooking and cleaning. The late Isabella Beeton, author of "Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management," wrote, "Frugality and economy are home virtues, without which no household can prosper." Even if you only have a little, manage it well, she advised. Implementing a household budget and sticking to it will help decrease your family's stress. Also, note that your home will run efficiently when you take care of the little things that need to be done for the family, such as dropping off and picking up dry cleaning, scheduling pest-control and keeping the house stocked with essentials like paper towels, oft-used medicines and cleaning supplies. Take note of your husband's favorite snacks and drinks and keep the house stocked with them. He'll feel cared for and relaxed as he realizes you've got everything on the home front under control.

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About the Author

Elise Wile has been a writer since 2003. Holding a master's degree in curriculum and Instruction, she has written training materials for three school districts. Her expertise includes mentoring, serving at-risk students and corporate training.

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