I’m sharing 10 essential homemaking skills to try this year. In a world where picture-perfect homes and flawlessly executed homemaking skills often dominate social media feeds and lifestyle magazines, it’s essential to embrace the reality of imperfect homemaking. The truth is, creating a warm and inviting home is not about flawlessly curated spaces or gourmet meals every night.
I’m sharing 10 homemaking skills everyone should know. When we let go of the need for perfection, we open ourselves up to new possibilities and unique expressions of creativity. It’s in the imperfections that we find the most genuine moments of joy and connection.
A perfectly set table may impress, but it’s the laughter and heartfelt conversations shared around it that truly make a meal memorable. Imperfect homemaking reminds us that homemaking is not a competition or a performance but a deeply personal and meaningful journey that evolves with time. So, let go of the pressure to be flawless and embrace the beauty that lies in the imperfect corners of your home – there, you’ll find the true essence of homemaking.
Cooking from Scratch
In my opinion, cooking from scratch is the most important homemaking skill you can know. It is so powerful! Knowing how to take raw ingredients such as potatoes, broccoli, and flour and turn them into delicious meals will take you far. You don’t have to rely on the grocery store as much as others and you can grow most items right at home!
If you aren’t sure how to get started, watch tutorials on YouTube, use Google, or ask for help. At first, it may seem overwhelming, but it is actually really simple. A few easy items to make from scratch at first are homemade gravy and homemade mashed potatoes.
Start with these fast + easy PBH homemade recipes
- How to Make Iced Peach Tea (Under 15 Minutes)
- Simple Greek Yogurt Strawberry Parfait Recipe
- The Best Lunch Recipe: Arugula Chicken Bagel Sandwiches
A vintage homemaking skill that tastes amazing is sourdough breadmaking. You don’t need fancy mixers, bowls, rising baskets, or anything the internet tries to convince you of. All you need are two tools, your right, and left hands. For centuries people have used their two hands to make bread to feed their families. After you learn it’ll be second nature.
Sourdough breadmaking not only saves you money and allows you to keep bread healthy, but it also allows you to make other items from scratch. Your sourdough starter can be made into rolls, cinnamon rolls, buns, noodles, and more. If you’re looking for a sourdough breadmaking kit to have all the tools on hand, Amazon has tons of affordable options.
Try these PBH beginner sourdough recipes to get started
- How to Make Sourdough Starter (The Best Recipe for Beginners)
- How To Make Sourdough Bread (No-Knead For Beginners)
- The Fluffiest Sourdough Biscuit Recipe (Quick and Simple)
Soap making is a vintage homemaking skill that can save money and protect your body. In today’s world, soaps are full of synthetic fragrances, additives, and chemicals that disrupt the hormones in the body. This can cause infertility, tumors, cancer, respiratory issues, and so much more. It makes me sick to think how many people have no idea what their soaps are putting in their bodies.
When making your own soap, you just need a few simple ingredients and to make them smell good use pure essential oils. There are tons of recipes and tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube!
Preserving food is so powerful in today’s world! So much food goes into landfills while tons of people are starving. Learning food preservation not only reduces your waste, but also saves money, and allows you to have a food stock in your pantry.
Food preservation can be as complicated or simple as you’d like. Canning takes a little more time and skill than freezing in glass jars (only use Ball Mason Jars to freeze for safety). There are also dehydrating foods where you use your oven or a dehydrator and ferment foods in vinegar. The possibilities are endless!
DIY Nontoxic Cleaning Products
Just like soap making, DIY nontoxic cleaning products protect your health in so many ways. Cleaning products like Clorox, bleach, and Scrubbing Bubbles all contain harmful chemicals that can cause cancer, hormone imbalances, respiratory illness, and more. Many of these items are traced with formaldehyde, how scary is that?!
That’s why learning the vintage homemaking skill of creating your own nontoxic cleaning products is so important. Using items such as vinegar, coconut oil, and orange peels can clean just as well while protecting your body. Use Pinterest or YouTube for tutorials and recipes.
Start with these DIY projects here on PBH
- How to Make Room Sprays with Essential Oils
- Easy DIY Natural Disinfectant Wipes Without Alcohol
- How to Make Tick Spray for Dogs and Humans
Sewing often seems hard to learn and takes too much time. It does take patience but it’s so worth it! When you learn to sew by hand and/or on a sewing machine the doors open to a whole new world. You’ll be able to make aprons, and clothes, mend holes, and more. For helpful tips, check out free patterns and tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest. A great beginner sewing project is a DIY Hot/Cold Pack.
Believe it or not, gardening is a vintage homemaking skill! You can garden almost anywhere, you don’t need a big yard. Tons of people garden in NYC apartments, on balconies, and even on kitchen windowsills. All you need is a few planting pots, potting soil, organic seeds, a little sunshine, and water. If your home doesn’t get much direct sun, opt for herbs or other plants that need very little to grow. You’ll be more self-sufficient while knowing exactly what goes into your food!
Checkout these PBH gardening guides to begin
- 10 Kitchen Herb Garden Plants You Need to Grow
- Best Container Garden Guide (Affordable + Renter-Friendly)
- 10 Best Office Plants For Productivity and Reduced Stress
Knitting & Crochet
Knitting and crocheting are two forms of sewing that involve weaving yarn. These skills are not as vintage as the rest but do go way back in time. Learning the basics of both can get you far! You can make blankets, slippers, sweaters, and more. Instead of buying these items, you’ll save money and have a beautifully handmade item. You can learn how to knit and crochet on YouTube!
Not many think of history keeping in today’s world. We instead post photos and videos on our social media pages or keep them on our phones stored away. There’s nothing wrong with this but learning the vintage homemaking still of history keeping is so special!
To do this, you’ll print out your photos and either hang them up around your home, keep a photo book, or try scrapbooking. You can also keep a journal to write in as well. It’ll be special to hand these things down from generation to generation.
Bookkeeping is such an important skill to have. Homemakers throughout time have practiced the art of bookkeeping to keep a budget, plan the weeks, and keep everyone organized. In these modern times, you can now use online bookkeeping software, paper, and pen, or keep documents on your computer to help.