Hey there, fellow modern traditional woman! Are you someone who loves to take care of your home and family? Do you embrace traditional roles with pride? If the answer is yes, then you're in good company. As homemakers, we know that keeping our homes running smoothly can sometimes feel like a never-ending task. That's why it's essential to have a survival kit with all the necessary items within reach. Today, we'll talk about the top ten items that every homemaker should keep in their kit to help their homes run like well-oiled machines.
A Reliable Cast-Iron Skillet: As a homemaker, you know that cooking healthy, delicious, and hearty meals is the cornerstone of your kitchen. A cast-iron skillet is an excellent investment that will last you for many years. It's perfect for searing, roasting, and baking that perfect cornbread. I have a ton of different cast-iron skillets, but my go to is my Old Mountain 12 Inch Skillet. I have a collection of no-name skillets and lodge in various sizes, as well. Cast iron doesn't need to be expensive to do the job. You can find them at thrift stores, restore rusty ones, and even get them as hand me downs.
A Robust Blender: A powerful blender is a must-have for all homemakers. It's used for making smoothies, soups, and purees, and can save you time when cooking. Invest in a blender that can handle tough blending jobs like crushing ice, blending tough nuts, and breaking down tough vegetables. I have a pretty pricey blender (so grateful for my wedding registry for this one!) It even has an 8 cup food processor attachment with dough blades! You don't need to get the most expensive one you can find, but you do need something that will last through the ages. This is the one I have: Ninja Blender
Electric Power Drill: An electric power drill is an essential tool that will help you tackle all your home's repair jobs. It makes hanging up shelves or artwork a breeze. It's also an excellent tool to have in case of emergencies, like when you need to board up windows before a storm. We have several drills and impact guns. Our favorite brand is Ryobi, because of the Ryone ONE+ batteries. They fit all of their tools. There are a few tools that use a larger voltage, but you'll know if you have/need those. The line is absolutely amazing, and you can find it easily at most home improvement stores.
Duct Tape: Duct tape is a homemaker's best friend. It can be used to patch up holes in walls, repair furniture, or hold things in place. With some creativity, you can use duct tape to solve all sorts of problems around the house. Remember, Duct Tape is for making it stop, and WD-40 for making it go. HAHA. Make sure you get a quality Duct Tape. Cheap Duct Tape is not going to get the job done. Gorilla Duct Tape is my husband's favorite. This stuff is seriously sticky.
Multi-Purpose Cleaning Spray: Keeping your home clean and sanitized is a full-time job. That's why it's essential to have a multi-purpose cleaning spray that can clean all surfaces from countertops to floors. Look for a cleaning spray that's eco-friendly and non-toxic. I prefer Thieves from Young Living, because the smell is phenomenal and a little goes a long way, but in a pinch vinegar and water works well too! Check it out here.
First Aid Kit: Accidents happen, and it's always best to be prepared. A well-stocked first aid kit should include adhesive bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment, pain relief medication, and other essentials. There are so many to choose from, but make sure it fits your family's needs.
Tool Kit: A toolkit is an essential item for all homemakers. You never know when you'll need to fix a leaky faucet or tighten a loose screw. We have so many tools, because it's something my husband needs for his job and we have collected a lot throughout the years. But a simple toolkit is all you need for most homes.
Emergency Preparedness Kit: Living in an area prone to natural disasters means you always need to be prepared. Be sure to have a kit that includes non-perishable food, water, extra clothing, emergency blankets, and a first aid kit. This could be a full on bug out bag, or just items you keep in your car in case of emergency. Don't get stressed out about making a crazy prepper bag. Just be ready to leave at a moments notice with the basics if you live in an area this is important.
Planner and Notebook: As a homemaker, you’re responsible for coordinating family events, grocery lists, and schedules. A planner and notebook are convenient tools to have at your fingertips to keep you organized and efficient. I created my Home CEO Notes just for this purpose! One place to hold all of the notes you need on the go. You can check it out on Amazon
Essential Oils and Candles: Finally, no homemaker's survival kit is complete without a variety of essential oils and candles. They can help create a relaxing atmosphere, calm your mind, improve sleep, and keep your home smelling fresh. I personally don't use candles for fragrance, because I have 100% dove into essential oils and am working on our low-toxin home. There are good options for candles though. Beeswax candles are going to be a lot better than other options on the market. BUT! Candles are still important in our kit, because if the lights go out, we need something to brighten up a space, and my diffusers don't work without electricity!
Being a homemaker isn't for the faint of heart. It requires dedication, hard work, and a good sense of humor. But with the right tools, you can enjoy your role as a modern traditional woman and make your house a home. So, get yourself a survival kit and keep these ten essentials within reach. Remember, embracing traditional values and building a life that aligns with your values is worth it. Happy homemaking, my fellow homemakers!
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