I’m sharing old fashioned homemaking skills I plan to implement in my life and hope you can use in yours too. Here are some ideas to get you started.
I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s house as a little girl because I enjoyed the atmosphere. Her home was always tidy. She was prepared to make you a meal at any moment. I learned something new every time I visited her. I truly think she is the reason I feel so drawn to this old fashioned lifestyle.
Her passion in her daily tasks as a homemaker was admirable and I plan to implement some of her old fashioned skills into my life too. Here is a small list of some skills I have either already implemented or plan to very soon. Hopefully I can inspire you to make a few minor changes in your homemaking too!
Gardening can seem so intimidating. It’s such a great way to supplement your family’s diet and help with the cost of organic produce purchased from the store. My advise to you would be to just do it! Don’t overthink it like I did.
This spring I decided I wanted to plant this small raised garden bed. It doesn’t compare to the large in-ground garden my grandma had growing up but it’s certainly a start. My husband and I bought a raised garden bed from The Home Depot and planted onions, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and herbs.
Even if you only have enough room for a couple of small pots on your porch, it’s still worth it. Pot up some herbs and a tomato plant to start and see how you like it!
One great thing about having a garden is getting to harvest your crop! I can’t wait to see just how many tomatoes and peppers we get.
I’m planning to can the items we grow that we can’t eat quick enough. This is a great way to eat seasonally and use up your fresh garden veggies in a way that can be enjoyed even outside the growing season. Salsa, pasta sauce and pesto are all great things to can!
Baking bread is a great old fashioned skill to bring back. It uses minimal ingredients and is so versatile. Homemade bread is cheaper and tastes better than the store bought breads. Plus, you know exactly what you’re putting into the recipe.
It can use up a lot of your time but most of it is a waiting game. Start with a simple yeast bread recipe and then work your way into sour dough. Whether you’re using dry yeast or sour dough, this is a timeless way to reduce your dependence on grocery stores.
Cooking from scratch
Ah, I love to cook. I am not a chef and my meals aren’t fancy but they taste good. I make sure they pack a lot of micro and macronutrients. Cooking from scratch is easy if you always have onions, garlic, potatoes and carrots on hand because they are veggies that stay fresh longest.
Cooking from scratch is such a great skill to have. If you know the basics then you’re equipped with all the knowledge you need to create any recipe. Check out my easy homemade hamburger soup from scratch to get you started!
Having a routine may not seem like an old fashioned skill to you but I think it is. As a stay at home mom it is easy to use my time inefficiently so I do things on purpose and by routine. That doesn’t mean every single day follows a rigid schedule because sometimes I need a little motivation to stay productive. It does help to have some kind of pattern in place, though.
Thinking back to the days I visited my grandma I remember she stayed on top of her dishes and laundry. I don’t like being behind on these chores either so I work them into my daily routine. I try to get one load of laundry washed, dried and folded each day. Every night I load the dishwasher up with dirty dishes so that my kitchen is fresh and ready to use the next morning. Most evenings I try to setup the coffee maker to auto brew for the next morning. Lastly, I pick up toys that are scattered around the house so I don’t wake up to a mess.
These are minor ways I implement old fashioned skills and stay in the groove of homemaking with a purpose!
Other skills I might work on in the future?
I have a few other old fashioned skills I plan to implement at some point. They’re just not at the top of my list at the moment.
Wouldn’t it be so nice to be able to correctly sew a hole in your favorite shirt? This is yet another way to save money since most people would normally throw out any clothes with holes. You’re less likely to go out and buy new clothes if you’re capable of repairing a minor hole in your shirt yourself. My husband currently has 2-3 pairs of jeans with holes that need sewing, so this skill may come sooner than later!
I had a thriving sour dough starter earlier this year. I made sour dough pancakes and english muffins that tasted amazing! When we had our tile floors installed at the beginning of March I lost my starter. My kitchen was off limits and my fridge was moved back and forth a couple of times making the inside temp unpredictable.
I WILL do another sour dough starter though because I find a lot of passion in baking from total scratch. It’s a wonderful, timeless old fashioned skill that can be passed down along with your sour dough starter itself!
This is just another one of those skills that could potentially help you save money at the store. Not to mention being able to control what you’re putting on your body. This is a skill that peaks my interest since I am pretty particular about what I put in and on my body.
All of these skills have the potential to make a huge difference in how well your home runs. I personally enjoy doing all of them to save time, money and to make my home feel like a sanctuary. Our homes should be happy, cozy and feel like a safe place. And maybe that’s the true atmosphere of grandma’s house – a safe place with predictability.
I hope you pickup a new old fashioned skill in your life. Whether it’s for pure enjoyment or to save time and money. All of these skills are easy to implement into any lifestyle so take your pick. Good luck in your learning process!