I originally found these ideals in a group on cafemom. However, I found out that they are from the book “The Art of Homemaking” by Daryl Hoole. Enjoy.
#1. The two “A’s”, attitude and appearance.
“An ideal homemaker is lovely to look at and lovely to be around – she has a wholesome attitude and a pleasing appearance. She has the courage to be happy and strives to live above the grievous faults of moodiness, sulkiness, and complaining. She is gracious and thoughtful and is consequently adored by her family and admired by all who know her.”
# 2 Another “A”
“An ideal homemaker is ambitious and enthusiastic through application of the law that how one feels emotionally greatly determines how she feels physically….
ENERGY GROWS WITH USE”
#3 Some are Almosters.
“An ideal homemaker is devoted to the great career in which she is engaged. She is a professional in her field by being a homemaker every day and letting her devotion and sense of duty, rather than her moods, dominate her.”
#4 A Place for Everything – Everything in its Place
” An ideal homemaker is skilled in the tasks required in running a home. She keeps her house neat and attractive; she prepares tasty meals and serves them on time; she is able to turn out a gleaming white wash; and she keeps family members’ clothes well mended and pressed.”
#5 Meet the Minute
” An ideal homemaker makes the best use of her time and energy by being efficient so that she is able not only to keep up with her housework, but she is able to be a companion to her husband and a friend and teacher to her children. She is also able to pursue some personal interests which further contribute to her happiness and development.”
#6 The Six “W’s”
“An ideal homemaker realizes that many of life’s choicest blessings are gained only through hard work and therefore accepts work as a challenge and an opportunity rather than a burden.”
“THE SIX W’s: WORK WILL WIN WHEN WISHING WON’T”
#7 Plan your Work and Work your Plan
” An Ideal Homemaker plans a program or a schedule for each day so that she is the master, rather than the victim, of her work. …
A good, effective schedule is not an iron-clad thing.
It should be workable and flexible.
You must be able to adjust, to accept interruptions such as all the things children can think up, illness in the family, visitors, and occasional spur of the moment activities.
A schedule should lead to happiness and satisfaction, not frustration and fret.”
#8 Try the Old Ways – Try the New
“An ideal homemaker is prepared to perpetuate the good things she learned in her own home and is ever alert to new ideas and hints which will make her work more effective and help her to be an increasingly better homemaker.”
#9 How to clean a house – How to keep it clean
“An ideal homemaker is consistent in applying the best skills and methods she knows. She has a built in self-starter”
#10 Incentive Plan
“An ideal homemaker’s activities are well-balanced. though she may be noted for a speciality and devote a major part of her time to one particular phase, she doesn’t spend all of her time cooking, or does she concentrate just on sewing, or on cleaning, or on reading, or on outside interests. She reaches out to include in her life stimulating projects which serve as an incentive to her.”
#11 From a House to a Home
“An ideal homemaker is able to transform four walls into a home by creating both spiritual and physical beauty therein.”
#12 Grow your own – or children can help.
“She will be ideal in her role as a homemaker, not only because of the countless current values, but because her example and teachings will live at least another generation through her children.”
#13 Family Traditions
“An ideal homemaker will encourage family traditions to add colour and depth to the great picture she is painting.
Instead of her home being just a “short- order house”, it will be a hallowed place where children learn life’s great lessons, gain proper values, and build memories which will enrich their lives and help determine their destinies.”
” An ideal homemaker exercises patience, understanding, and imperturbability unless controlled anger and reasonable discipline are justified.
She will do her best to take those bad days when everything seems to go wrong in her stride, realizing that we need some valleys in order to appreciate the mountains”
#15 On husbands – all I ask
” An ideal homemaker is the type of companion and wife who merits the appreciation and cooperation of her husband and helps him to want to do his part well as a husband, father, and provider.”
#16 Budgeting – not such a bad word.
“An ideal homemaker is skilled in the handling of money, in planned shopping, in careful storage, and in clever preparation of food. She is able to conserve the family’s possessions through good management. She does not economise and follow a budget out of self-pity, but because it is a challenge to get the very most out of the resources available.”
# 17 That Special Something
” And after all of these facets have made our ideal homemaker like a sparkling diamond, she will add a few other special facets of her own to set her apart from all the rest.”
#18 Just for Today
” In summary, an ideal homemaker is an artist in general management so that her home is able to function at its peak performance and fulfill its lofty purpose and so that she along with her husband and children can reflect the joy, order, and progressive spirit therein. She does not try to accomplish this thirty years at a time , but strives to practice being an artist in management and homemaking JUST FOR TODAY”