بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
After long deliberation, I have decided to include a homekeeping section on my blog so that I can share strategies for running a house smoothly.
This is not because I believe all women are meant to be homemakers. On the contrary, many women do not feel fulfilled with modern understandings of keeping house and raising children.
It is for this reason that I made this section. Yes, we all have obligations at home. They should not, however, confine us to our houses and deprive us of further studying or halaal work.
My focus is on simple strategies designed to give you an edge. For example, it makes sense to chop all your onions for the entire week all at once, instead of chopping every single day. If you use green chillies and cilantro/coriander most of the time, why prep them every single day? And if you cook a lot of marinated meat, does it make more sense to marinate the night before or all at once?
Furthermore, there are many more strategies to streamlining your kitchen and housework out there on the internet. I am but one person. If you invest a little time researching different methods and testing them out, you will inshaa Allah be rewarded by having more barakah in your time.
This is crucial for the individual who wants to study deen. Whether you’re married, single, working, a parent, or childless, you need to utilize your time correctly. Setting up a routine is necessary for your success. You need to do this.
What this section is NOT
My homekeeping section is a set of ideals. I cannot possibly do all of this perfectly all of the time. I am human, and while I try to stick to a routine and a system, I do not always succeed. I definitely have bad days!
On top of that, I am not judging YOU. If you can’t or don’t want to use these tips, that’s totally fine. If your house is a mess and you can’t get it in order, that’s where you are right now. It’s reality. And maybe I don’t have the tools you need. So do know, dear reader, is that I’m not judging you or your situation. I’m offering advice, that’s all.
Finally, this section is not just for women, or just for mothers, or stay at home moms, etc. I certainly believe that almost all men and women can and should know how to do the basics of cooking and cleaning. (There are exceptions but the norm is that if you are an adult, sane, and healthy, you should be able to feed yourself and clean up after yourself.) You can probably use some of these strategies in your life. Just keep in mind you might need to scale them down or up, depending on your situation. And some just might not be a good fit for you.
How can I make my house run smoother?
Khair, I really hope that this section will help everyone keep their houses under control so that they can go out there and study deen, or contribute to society. I really believe that we need to engage women more in learning Qur’an and Islam, but if they are stuck cleaning and cooking all day, it’s not going to happen. So please look critically at your living situation and ask yourself, “how can I make this run smoother?”
And remember if you have very small children at home, your definition of ‘smoother’ should be completely different compared to a mother whose children have grown up left the house! Don’t be too hard on yourself. 🙂