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What Does A Homemaker Do?

Updated on April 17, 2012

Many people are very quick to underestimate how much a homemaker does in the day and some people even go as far as believing they spend their days sat on the sofa watching day time TV, but that's not really the case.

The homemaker puts in incredibly long hours that usually start from the minute he/she wakes up and only finishes when they go to bed. If the homemaker is also a parent, they can often work all through the night too.

Their main responsibilities are to maintain just about everything that has anything to do with the home and family. Being a full time homemaker and a parent is one of the hardest jobs you will ever come across, but is it also one of the most rewarding jobs as well.

What are the benefits to your family?

A homemaker is there no matter how tough things get and in more cases than not, they will put everyone and everything before themselves. If you need a hero among your family then usually the homemaker is first on call.

A homemaker supports their partner as much as possible which can increase their partner’s productivity in his/her everyday life and even in their job. He/she can relax knowing they are coming home to a tidy, well organised home where the bills are paid, the children are looked after and usually a good wholesome meal on the table.

The children benefit from having a good, unrushed, loving and stable environment where they constantly have someone to turn to if and when they need to.

What are the benefits to the homemaker?

Some will tell you that it is the most rewarding thing a person can do and that they feel totally fulfilled in life. Others will say it’s frustrating, lonely and they rarely see any thanks for what they do. It’s quite true in both cases and it really depends on what the person is happy with. There is no right or wrong as to whether someone should be a homemaker or not, it is what works best for them and their family.

The homemaker usually appreciates that they get to spend more time not just with immediate family, but also more distant family and friends. This can greatly improve their fulfilment, if they feel they have a bit of support from other people, whether it be from their partner, friends or family.

What job roles does the homemaker take on?

They take on so many that if you wanted to advertise for a homemaker, your placement would look something like this:

Homemaker - Mock Job Advertisement

I need someone that is willing to work for free and around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and for 365 days a year. As the budget is tight there will be no time off and no sick pay.

They will need to remain happy at all times possible. They must be patient, understanding and supportive when required even if it is at 4am in the morning.

It’s absolutely essential that they are quick on the toilet and still be able to pee whilst a queue of people are knocking on the door and telling you they need the bathroom immediately. You must be prepared to jump out of a bath at a moments notice should the children urgently need you to decide who had what toy first, and remain professional when answering the door in your bathrobe. You must fully enjoy eating at least 90% of your meals when they have gone cold.

Duties/Roles you will carry out on a daily basis are as follows:

  • Financial adviser
  • Accountant
  • Meal planner
  • Shopping
  • Chef
  • Fashion adviser
  • Nanny
  • Decorator
  • Gardener
  • Handyman/woman
  • Pocket money distributions
  • Nurse
  • First Aid
  • Swimming instructor
  • Fitness instructor
  • Cleaner including washing and ironing
  • Referee (between the children)
  • Secretary / receptionist and PA
  • Diary management
  • Time management
  • Welcome all visitors
  • Telephonist
  • Play worker
  • Teacher
  • Support worker
  • Chaffer
  • Health adviser
  • Assisting children in getting dressed. (Must be able to remain calm at all times, whilst arguing that shoes are on the wrong feet)
  • Security Guard to the children and quite often their school friends too
  • Events organiser (this includes all outings, holidays and parties)
  • Actor (you must able to keep straight face when disciplining the children against something they shouldn't do, whether it was comical or not)


You must also be:

  • Loving
  • Caring
  • Gentle
  • Fun
  • Stern
  • Energetic
  • Patient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Confidential
  • Flexible
  • Amazing at multitasking
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Able to raise voice when necessary (please note: I can not be held liable for lose of voice, sore throats or any other vocal damage)
  • Outstanding Role model

Please note: This is not the full list of specifications; you will also be requested to follow up any other given tasks that the family requires.

Salary and work

If they could do all of the jobs in the outside world and get paid for them, their salary would be somewhere close to £250k per year and yet they do the entire lot for free and out of love.

Many homemakers are so content with their lifestyle and being at home, that when the time comes that they need to start work, they often look at ways of setting up their own work-from-home business. And with that much experience and skills behind them, it’s not surprising that many of them go on achieve it very successfully.

When a homemaker gets a job in the outside world

It’s not uncommon that a homemaker gets pulled away from doing what he/she loves because of finances and the economy and they have to find themselves a job in the outside world.

Some people are very relieved just to have a break from all the ciaos of running a household. They can go to their jobs and work extremely hard and still do less than they would do at home on a daily basis.

Others feel heartbroken that they have had to leave the family to go to work.  A job in the outside world doesn’t usually compare to the pure ciaos that they have grown use to at home, so they sometimes feel lost, unchallenged and homesick. They wish for nothing else than to be back home where they feel they belong, and for their life to be back to how it was before, just the way they liked it.

I for one - solute the homemaker, there really is no other job like it in the world!


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    • Victoria Stephens profile image

      Victoria Stephens 3 years ago from London

      Hi Hiraroomi,

      It's completely shocking how much we really do in a day isn't it! Imagine going for a job interview and reciting this list when they ask what you've been doing! Think they might wonder if you were pushing for a higher wage,haha.

      Thanks for having read.x

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      Hira Roomi 3 years ago from Chicago IL

      Oh My God! i loved love loved reading your hub. It actually felt like i was reading about myself LOL

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      Victoria Stephens 4 years ago from London

      Hi Katalina,

      I certainly agree that being a homemaker takes a tremendous amount of dedication and it's true; they become the rock behind the family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.x

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      katalina 4 years ago

      If a working person criticises us as homemakers they are jealous cuz they probably have a bad marriages or hate their jobs or are divorced...Also they have no idea the constant barrage if chores and sacrifice it takes to be there for your family...Maybe we don't make their salaries or have their

      material toys but we have the reward of good children and doing what god wants us to quiet keepers of the home loving our husbands and children are worth more than precious jewels to your family...A homemaker and mother is the most important job in the world!!!!!!!!!!! great article....!

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      Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London

      Hi jurry, The role of a homemaker is taking care of the house full time but often it includes looking after the children as well.

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      jurry 5 years ago

      what arethe roles of homemakers

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      Anvi@1 6 years ago

      Hi, Its really a good.... I am a homemaker and it made me to motivate in my job... Thank you Victoria...

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      It's very true that homemakers rarely get the credit for the good they do. They simply have to be able to know deep down inside that they are doing the right thing for a good cause and be able to credit themselves!xxx

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      I was a homemaker but never really got the credit for what I did. If my husband helped me one time in front of people he got the credit for it all. He never went to talk with the kids teachers I did all of that. He was never up with sick kids all night. He worked three jobs at one time so that I could be home with the kids and be there when they came in the door from school.

      Good hub.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Empty nester,

      It sounds like you have and are doing a fine job. Some people dedicate their lives to bringing home the money and some dedicate their their lives to ensuring their family is side by side and the home is running smoothly. There is nothing wrong with that and I too wish people would stop being so judgemental on others choices. It takes a devastating family crisis before most people sit back and say I wish I would have made more time for the family instead of the job, other people already know this right from the start and if there was a choice involved then I know what type of person I would rather have my team and that's my family all the way.

      Don't let other people make you feel bad for doing what you enjoy doing. If you are truly happy then you are already every bit the person you should be.

      Thank you very much for taking the time to share your

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      empty nester 6 years ago

      hi, i have stayed home and raised my family , babysat someone else's children , have had night jobs , day jobs. but now that im in my 50's almost 60 and an empty nester, and stay home to take care of the house and so many other things i will not get into, i have noticed that people look down on me for not running out and getting a job and making money, to me its none of their business and if my husband and i are ok with it why can't other people be. it really hurts when they make you feel less than you are. thanks for listening.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Betty,

      It's amazing how little some people think us homemakers do. My daughter thought we had a self-cleansing toilet until she was about 11 years old when she eventually noticed me cleaning it :-S

      Homemakers are brilliant, there's no job harder in the world than looking after little ones and a husband, lol :-) Good luck with your

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      Betty  6 years ago

      I absolutely loved reading this. I am a homemaker, 3 kids (12, 10, 2 yrs old) and a husband (who can sometimes act like a child, Lol). Additionally, I am in school full time, taking online classes; it’s the only way right now. Even though it’s late at night, my family is sleep; I am up studying and writing papers for school. It is very hard to keep things in line. People automatically assume my day consists of watching TV all day and doing nothing. Many people don’t understand how crazy my day really is, so it is nice to hear that there are people who appreciate what homemakers do. Thank you for that!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks for your input Mian

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      Mian Bilal 6 years ago

      My idea about a homemaker is that what he do is his/her duty. what he/she does represent himself/herself,because doing their job of homemaker,it represents the image of their life that to what extent they have achieved their goals of success. if he/she handle their own structure well then he/she would be able to perform well.Because homemaker is the only task with the help of which one can easily test himself/herself, whether the rules with the help of which he/she survives in a tense world is a best one or not. With the help of it one can easily rank himself/herself best or completely bad.

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      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      Hi hemustincrease,

      It's hard to remember the last time I done an 8 hour day but the same as you I wouldn't change it for the world. I defiantly agree children or no children, maintaining the home it far from being easy work.


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      hemustincrease 7 years ago

      LOL Yeah, i used to be a senior nurse manager! That was EASY PEASY compared to being a homemaker. And they were decent people, they actually paid me to work just five short 8 hr days! :) Now i get to work 24 hr days and hey? Wheres the paycheck? But seriously. I would NOT swap what i do now for ANYTHING. I love being home with the kids and as hard as it is, you don't get this time again. And thumbs up to anybody who is a homemaker and does not have kids too. They still work VERY hard. It isn't all about children. Enjoyed this hub, thanks. Jo

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      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      Hi case1worker,

      At some point the kids do like to go off on their own, it give them a sense of freedom and they want to spend time with their friends, but if the parents have already had enough time with their children then they can mostly relax knowing the kids have been brought up to understand safety and responsibility.

      It's never where the kids are that raises questions; it's always where were the parents? Modern times now means many have to go to work and can't be there as much for the children.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a read and leave a comment, Best

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      CASE1WORKER 7 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      As they get older the jobs get harder- you don't know where they are! well done a good hub highlighting the need for time in the home which a lot of men just don't realise is a job

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      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      Hi QudsiaP1,

      What a fantastic job they do. It's the only one I've ever enjoyed!


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      QudsiaP1 7 years ago

      I solute the homemaker as well.

      The one job, you never quit from, are never motivated and thanked for. Still you do it.