Cabin Fever

Remember that I mentioned two Arguments Against Full-Time Homemaking in Friday’s post? Running out of time and space I only discussed one, the financial issue. Today I’ll talk more about the other reason given: Cabin Fever.

I want to share three things why women may feel like they cannot stay at home all day:

  1. They dislike the monotony of housework.
  2. They find that there is not enough to do for them at home.
  3. They crave to meet other people and see different things.

Yes, the daily routine often seems monotonous and boring. By the end of the day, it can make us feel like we haven’t accomplished much. A good cure for this kind of feeling is: Take a notepad (get a larger size out, you’ll need it 😉 ) and pencil and jot down every task you are doing throughout the day (including the smaller and faster ones) and the time spent on it. And I mean every single one of them! You will be astonished how much you have done that day. Which leads me to the second point…

I often wonder how in the world I’m going to squeeze in all the things I will need to do that day. I mean, there is so much to do: cooking meals, baking bread and cake/s, wiping counters, washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming and sweeping floors, doing laundry, and ironing clothes. That’s just to name a few. How about all the time-consuming trips like taking the children somewhere, shopping for groceries, or meeting with people who are in desperate need of some encouraging words or who need someone who will give them a hand with weekly tasks?

Yes, I believe that our husbands and children need to come first but that doesn’t mean we will not meet other people or see other things beside our own household. Like I’ve mentioned, there is so much to do at home but then we can also care for families who are in need. How about cooking a meal for someone who isn’t able to? Or assisting someone in her housework because she cannot do it on her own at the moment?

Of course, homemaking is monotonous at times. And, yes, sometimes it feels like we are going in circles not accomplishing much at home. Many will tell us for a woman to find fulfillment she will need to search outside her home. Is that true? Has God really said?