Homemaking Quotes {Encouragement for Homemakers}

Homemaking quotes to encourage homemakers. Do you need some encouraging words today? Here’s a list of some of the best homemaking quotes I’ve ever come across!

For years, I’ve been keeping a list of my favorite quotes. I started doing this as a teenager, not realizing back then how useful these quotes would be to me in the future.

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Charlotte Mason encourages the keeping of a “commonplace book,” which is a place to write down quotes from your daily reading.

I started writing down my favorite quotes, verses, phrases, and lines of poetry before I had ever heard of Charlotte Mason. But now I would have to agree with her. It’s such a positive practice.

If you need encouragement as a homemaker, enjoy these homemaking quotes from my collection. You may even want to start your own commonplace book to record them for yourself. That way you can simply open your journal, read, and be encouraged.

Homemaking Quotes

Tasha Tudor has always been a home-keeping inspiration, and I love this quote from her:

“I enjoy doing housework, ironing, washing, cooking, dishwashing. Whenever I get one of those questionnaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It’s an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren’t stupid because you’re a housewife. When you’re stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.” —Tasha Tudor⁣

From Thomas Moore:

“The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” — Thomas Moore⁣

A beautiful picture of vibrant home life:

“The home is not just a place to change clothes between activities and then crash at night; rather it should be a vibrant center of education, industry, service, and worship. God created the home to be a place bursting with activity and conversation, while simultaneously providing peace and refuge.” —Zan Tyler

A foretaste of heaven:

“I believe that a godly home is a foretaste of heaven. Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.” —Jani Ortlund

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To be busy at home:

“Time is never wasted when you use it to create a better environment for your family and for others. Home is a place where busyness is proper, called for, and desperately needed. Don’t neglect to busy yourself with your homemaking.” —Elizabeth George

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Homemaking Quotes from Laura Ingalls Wilder

“It belittles us to think of our daily tasks as small things, and if we continue to do so, it will in time make us small. It will narrow our horizon and make of our work just drudgery. There are so many little things that are really very great, and when we learn to look beyond the insignificant-appearing acts themselves to their far-reaching consequences, we will ‘despise not the day of small things.’ We will feel an added dignity and poise from the fact that our everyday round of duties is as important as any other part of the work of the world.⁣

And just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens all the fabric of civilization.” —Laura Ingalls Wilder⁣

Here’s another favorite from Laura:

“Home is the nicest word there is.” —Laura Ingalls Wilder

More encouragement for homemakers:

“So much depends upon the homemakers. I sometimes wonder if they are so busy now with other things that they are forgetting the importance of this special work.” —Laura Ingalls Wilder

Another one of my favorites:

“Let’s be cheerful! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant and happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture and the furniture comfortable and beautiful.”  —Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wisdom From Louisa May Alcott

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” —Louisa May Alcott⁣

And another by Louisa:

“The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.” —Louisa May Alcott

Advice from Mrs. March, in Little Women:

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success, in spite of poverty.” —Louisa May Alcott

On being a wise wife and mother:

“A woman’s happiest kingdom is home, her highest honor is the art of ruling it not as a queen, but as a wise wife and mother.” —Louisa May Alcott

Homemaking Quotes from Elisabeth Elliot

“The way you keep your house, the way you organize your time, the care you take in your personal appearance, the things you spend your money on, all speak loudly about what you believe. The beauty of thy peace shines forth in an ordered life. A disordered life speaks loudly of disorder in the soul.” —Elisabeth Elliot⁣

On the gift of work:

“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.” —Elisabeth Elliot⁣

Find more quotes from Elisabeth Elliot here.

Ordinary work:

“Ordinary work, which is what most of us do most of the time, is ordained by God every bit as much as is the extraordinary. work done for God is work and therefore not merely a duty but a holy privilege.” —Elisabeth Elliot

Homemaking Quotes from Edith Schaeffer

“If you have been afraid that your love of beautiful flowers and the flickering flame of the candle is somehow less spiritual than living in starkness and ugliness, remember that He who created you to be creative gave you the things with which to make beauty and the sensitivity to appreciate and respond to His creation.” —Edith Schaeffer⁣

Another favorite from Edith:

“There needs to be a homemaker exercising some measure of skill, imagination, creativity, desire to fulfill needs and give pleasure to others in the family. How precious a thing is the human family. Is it not worth some sacrifice in time, energy, safety, discomfort, work? Does anything come forth without work?” —Edith Schaeffer⁣

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Quotes on the Home from J.R. Miller

“Whatever else we may slight, let it never be our home-making. If we do nothing else well in this world, let us at least build well within our own doors.” —J.R. Miller⁣

Here’s another one from Miller:

“There are homes in which there is nothing remarkable in the way of grandeur or elegance, yet the very atmosphere as you enter is filled with sweetness, like ‘the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed.’ It is the aroma of love, the love of Christ shed abroad in human hearts. Religion is lived there. The daily prayers bring down the spirit of Heaven. Christ dwells there, and his blessed influence fills with divine tenderness all the home-life…If we would make our homes truly Christian homes, our daily lives must be like our daily prayers…The prayers must be lived.” —J.R. Miller⁣

On the value of homemaking:

“The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies.”⁣
—J.R. Miller

More Homemaking Quotes from J.R. Miller

“A true home is one of the most sacred of places. It is a sanctuary into which men flee from the world’s perils and alarms. It is a resting-place to which at close of day the weary retire to gather new strength for the battle and toils of tomorrow. It is the place where love learns its lessons, where life is schooled into discipline and strength, where character is molded.⁣

Few things we can do in this world are so well worth doing as the making of a beautiful and happy home. He who does this builds a sanctuary for God and opens a fountain of blessing for men.⁣

Far more than we know, do the strength and beauty of our lives depend upon the home in which we dwell. He who goes forth in the morning from a happy, loving, prayerful home, into the world’s strife, temptation, struggle, and duty, is strong—inspired for noble and victorious living. The children who are brought up in a true home go out trained and equipped for life’s battles and tasks, carrying in their hearts a secret of strength which will make them brave and loyal to God, and will keep them pure in the world’s severest temptations.” —J.R. Miller

Quotes on the Art of Homemaking

“Keeping a home not only requires time, energy, and creativity, but it also calls for skills and experience. I believe homemaking is an art, and to pursue any piece of art demands time and talent.” —Dorothy Kelley Patterson

From Elizabeth George:

“A pleasant atmosphere in the home creates a beautiful background for happy memories. Because I want the warm atmosphere and the good memories it fosters, I plan for it. I plan the meals, including how I set the dinner table and make it beautiful. I plan for order in the home, for the housework, for the laundry, and for the upkeep of our clothing so that life is calmer. I plan surprises, too, so that life at home is fun. If all the planning sounds like a lot of effort, remember that no work of art is slapdashed together. Artistry calls for planning and design, and so does the work of art called ‘Home.'” —Elizabeth George

On happy homemakers:

“A happy homemaker performs even her monotonous duties and routine chores faithfully and patiently. In so doing she serves others and achieves greatness in the process.” —Dorothy Kelley Patterson

The art of homemaking:

“Homemaking is the art of turning a house into a home, and creating an atmosphere of love and comfort for those who live there. It’s about loving and serving others, meeting needs both physical and spiritual.” —Joy Kincaid

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Quotes On the Worth of Making a Home

“What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.” —Martin Luther

Homemaking quote from Charles Spurgeon:

“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.” —Charles Spurgeon⁣

And another from Charles Spurgeon:

“Let mothers labor to make home the happiest place in the world.” —Charles Spurgeon

From Sally Clarkson:

Home is the kingdom in which we have the daily choice and power to make our tiny domain one of light or darkness.” —Sally Clarkson

Another favorite homemaking quote from Sally:

“I want my home to be the best place to be in the minds of my family. Peace and acceptance, excellence and a passion for living, comfort and fun. I want all these qualities to come to my children’s minds when they think about home.” —Sally Clarkson

This quote is so powerful:

We are called quite literally to be “homemakers” — to plan and shape a home environment that provides our families with both a safe resting place and a launching pad for everything they do in the world.

That kind of homemaking is not easy. Establishing and caring for a home is so much more than a decorating dilemma or an organizational challenge or even a call to love one’s family. It is a commitment of heart, mind, and soul to the task of subduing (making productive) a very specific part of the earth—the domain of the home.

Yet children who have such a “shepherd” in their homes to oversee, provide for, direct, and protect the life of the home will benefit profoundly. In addition, as mothers establish the work of the home with honor and dignity, our neighborhoods, towns, governments, and institutions will prosper by being filled with wholehearted, secure human beings who have been prepared to live for God’s purposes.

The strong and secure future we help to build for our children is laid by the hundreds of small deeds we do every day as we serve faithfully in our homes. Yet the great value of our service will be felt for generations to come and through eternity. —Sally Clarkson

The Value of Homemaking

“So what really matters? Well, housework, among other things. It is not the only thing that matters, but it does matter. It matters that people have somewhere to come home to and that there be beds and meals and space and order available there.

Whether we do a lot of housework or a little of it, whether we keep house only for ourselves or for other people as well, housework forms part of the basic patterning of our lives, a pattern that we might identify as a kind of ‘litany of everyday life.’  —Margaret Kim Peterson

The power of homemaking:

“Everyday acts within the home are more powerful than you might think.” —Rod Dreher

The mission of motherhood:

“I always wanted to be a hero—to sacrifice my life in a big way one time—and yet, God has required my sacrifice to be thousands of days, over many years, with one more kiss, one more story, one more meal.” —Sally Clarkson⁣

Homemaking is a comprehensive task:

“The task of building our homes into places of beauty and life that will feed the hearts, souls, and minds of our children is the most comprehensive task to which God has called us as mothers.” —Sally Clarkson

From J.C. Ryle:

“Home is the place where habits are formed home is the place where the foundations of character are laid— home gives the bias to our tastes, likings, and opinions. See then, I pray you, that there be careful training at home.” —J.C. Ryle

Finding Purpose in the Home:

“Purpose is found in those quiet moments when no one but God sees the work of your hands.” —Darlene Schacht

For mothers at home:

“The mother who is faithful in the home honors God just as truly and fully as the most self-sacrificing missionary.” —Arthur W. Pink

Encouragement for difficult times:

“Even when the home life is fraught with difficulties and challenges, a Christian mother has a great opportunity to influence her children for Christ. Her family is her mission field.” —Tom Ascol

Find More Encouragement for Homemakers

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A Homemaker’s Daily Schedule

Elisabeth Elliot Quotes to Encourage Your Heart

What Elisabeth Elliot Taught Me About Motherhood

Motivational Quotes About Homemaking

“No matter what’s happening in the world, have your tea, make your list, plan your food preparation, read to your children, wash the clothes, do something creative for everyone and be a light for your home.” —Lydia Sherman

From Donna Otto:

“The place where you are cooking, cleaning, and raising the next generation is indeed holy ground. Your home is holy ground because it’s where God has chosen to live and do His work.” —Donna Otto

One of my favorites from Emilie Barnes:

“We are homemaking —literally ‘making a home.’ We are working to create a lifestyle that says ‘welcome’ to ourselves and everyone around us.” —Emilie Barnes

From Jillian Benfield:

“And then she realized she was replaceable in every area of her life except her home. So she invested her time, her energy, and her heart wisely.” —Jillian Benfield

Love this encouragement from Sarah Mae:

“I can use the house to create a home. I can offer my family, my friends, myself, and even strangers the gift of love by making them feel special when they are in my home.” —Sarah Mae

On enjoying homemaking:

“As Christian women, this is the attitude that should characterize our lives. We are to be women who love our homes. We are not to merely workers at home, but we are to take great pleasure in working in our homes. We are to thoroughly enjoy the sphere that God has assigned to us.” —Carolyn Mahaney

Passing it on to the next generation:

“Homemaking is a passion you can pass on from generation to generation.” —Elizabeth George

Bible Verses About Homemaking

Here are some of my favorite encouraging Bible verses for homemakers:

“She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.” —Proverbs 31:13

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And another one from Proverbs 31:

“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” —Proverbs 31:27

And from Proverbs 14:

“The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” —Proverbs 14:1

Proverbs 24:3-4

“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

Titus 2:4-5

“Encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”

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  1. I really had to laugh at some of these antiquated ideas of homemaking. First, a home is where multiple people live and where they should all have ‘homemaking ‘ responsibilities. After a year plus being stuck in our homes, this is more apparent than ever. Lucky the families where chores are split, and creative cooking occurs and everyone shares their skills and non-skills. The best thing you can do for children is bring boys and girls up to be able to clean, cook, and survive on their own. Charming post in a historical sense. from IMMonday.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sandra! I’m so thankful we have a home where all seven of us invest in our home and its upkeep. It’s wonderful to work as a team, blessing each other by cleaning and sharing cooking responsibilities. I usually have to put in a request to get some time in the kitchen, since my husband and kids cook so often!

  2. It’s taken me a few days but I have copied many of these into my quote book. It’s so good to be reminded of the simple things & how good & better our lives are when we take care of them faithfully. Thank you.

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