I think I fit into this...
My name is Emily. I'm 22, and a SAHW in grad school. Just a cat at this point.
I do online classes, so I'm at the house most of the time. My DH and I are living in government/military housing, and are planning on moving in July to another military housing area in TX, then moving again in 6 months!
Why does traditional homemaking speak to you?
It's real. And when I am making bread or cooking soup...I feel connected to all the generations of women who came before me, also making bread and cooking soup, etc. I like eating real food that I know the ingredients for, and have helped to grow. I like using cleaning supplies that I could drink if I wanted to!
What traditional homemaking skills are you looking to learn or improve on currently?
This is our first move together, and we need to downsize a bit. Now that we know what we have together, and what we really use on a regular basis, we just need to go through things. We're also planning on getting rid of some bigger things--my desk and chair, my sewing machine cabinet.
Although not traditional, I've recently really gotten into scrapbooking, so I'm hoping to keep working on that.
And I guess I should pick back up with teaching myself to knit, because there are so many Waldorf crafts that I want to be able to do eventually.
I've got some herbs and a tomato in pots, but when we get to our first "real" duty station, I am going to insist on a garden!
How do you find joy in traditional homemaking?
DH and I have only been married for 7 mos, and I have had a little bit of a rough time getting adjusted to this new role. For a long time I felt silly that I liked doing the traditional things: cooking, cleaning, baking, laundry (I don't really like to sew, but I can--I've made some pretty good quilts) because at college, I kept being told that I have "so much" to do in this world, and I felt like I was wasting away at home. But now I realize that I do feel fulfilled in my role as wife and student, and that's ok. It may not be amazing, but my husband is always full of appreciation for the simple things like buying the groceries, cleaning the house, and doing the laundry. And if he things these things are significant and worthy of thanks and praise, then I guess they are!