Welcome to Project Real Life REDO, a project to re-start the (closed and finished) Project Real Life Workshop with some friends. Project Real Life was a 4Expert course by by Becky Higgins I took care of Big Picture Classes. I’m documenting the class prompts and then I’ll include them in my Project Life.

Week 7 was all about Nurturing my Inner Homemaker. My views on homemaking in general were pretty well covered in the Feminism and Homemaking Part 1 and Part 2 post I wrote last year. (Those posts are super long and is also super personal.) So I feel like I have the reflection part down already, and we can roll straight to the prompts:

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Front of the house: We’ve lived in our house, which is over 100 years old, for about two and a half years now. We love it because it has so much character, but also because it’s in our favorite neighborhood in our favorite Kansas City district: Westport. There’s an adventure around every corner. It also is a plus that is the house is huge for the cost. The same mortgage would get us a house the size of our kitchen + living room in Jake’s parent’s neck of the woods.

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Homemaking goal: I want to get seriously started on gardening so we can eat our own homegrown produce. Obviously I need to weed, and I’m going to till the little bit of land behind the strawberries and tomatoes that you see here.

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Homemaking favorite: I love the little decorated spots in my home that are untouchable. They’re generally out of reach of Jonas, and are pretty much always clean even when the rest of the house is pretty much always a disaster. It’s a place for my eyes to rest when I don’t feel like I have anything in the house together. I’m excited that the mantle above was recently reclaimed from Jake and Eliza’s lego obsession.

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The heart of the home. We have an open floor plan on the first floor, so it’s really the whole floor that’s the heart. The kids can often be found running / riding in a circle around the floor plan, we might all be spread out between the dining, living, and kitchen areas having a conversation. We’re not really a still family unless we’re doing a really specific activity (eating, doing an art project, watching a movie, reading books, etc.), so there’s a lot of flitting about between the spaces.

The photo is looking in from the dining area (which was made to be a living room) and the living area (which is supposed to be the dining room). You can see the pantry door in the kitchen to the left back there. Also, I made sure not to pick up before these pictures, but the majority of the mess is behind me.

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How others help. Eliza’s chores are emptying the dishwasher (Jake puts away the things she can’t reach) and feeding the cats and hedgehog. I love that she’s starting to do these things automatically without my asking. She’s taking on responsibility well… with the exception of keeping her room clean. But mine’s not clean either, so I can’t complain too much.

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You, the homemaker. I had Jake sneak up behind me while I was rinsing off dishes last night.

*I didn’t share the “you created it” prompt, because I took a picture of the new bookshelf that we still haven’t shared. However, there’s handmade touches in our house in every single room.

How do you nurture your inner homemaker?

Check out the rest of my Project Real Life posts.

If you’re doing a Project Real Life REDO too, head over to Document Life Workshop to link-up and to see what Allie and Alissa are doing!

As I reflected on my home and what it means to me this week, those who have lost theirs and need aid were at the forefront of my mind. If you’d like to help those affected by the Oklahoma tornados, donations can be made through the Red Cross. You can also donate $10 easily: just text REDCROSS to 90999. You can also help those without a home by donating to local homeless shelters or the Salvation Army.