keeping house


I bought this book on housekeeping after reading Roxanna’s post on it. I am not a neat person at home and I know that I could do a better job even though the job seems all-consuming and I dig in my heels. It’s not intuitive to me to look at a stain and know what treatment to use. Wearing a large sweater over the dress stain is usually my solution.

My mom took care of everything for me. I never cooked or cleaned. (Nice move, Mona. Just blame your mom for your ineptitude.) I just studied, made honor roll and brought home speech and debate trophies. But my culinary skillset consisted only of making rice and does making rice even count if the machine does the grunt work? So, update! I couldn’t cook anything!

I’m much better than I was when Mike and I first moved in together and my diet consisted of Lean Cuisine and DiGiornio pizza (spinach and mushroom, my flavor of love fave). I didn’t know how to cook, much less thoroughly clean a house. We had been dating for a year when we consolidated our separate apartments into one love shack. The first time we went grocery shopping, he asked me to pick up some ground beef and I stood in front of the cold, refrigerated aisle, my eyes glazing over the shrink-wrapped packages until Mike came over and told me the way to choose ground beef is just to pick one and put it in the cart. All you have to do! I had never bought meat on my own (another jab at your mom, Mona, you MotherBlamer). I had won Most Effective Prosecutor in my high school mock trial competition but couldn’t complete a simple task that millions of people do every single day.

I can cook now, but cleaning, sorting and other domestic tasks are still a mystery. My house is a constant struggle of finding matching socks and underwear that fits and then there’s the kids clothes and Nathan ending up in a midriff exposing dinosaur shirt because I haven’t pruned his closet in a long time.

So I’m going to read this and report on how much my life is transformed by this book. And isn’t that what books are supposed to do? If you read them? Which is why I don’t know what the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People are since I never got past the title page.

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  1. GIRL. You know I feel you. I’d read the intro and use the book as a reference — otherwise it’s more than a bit overwhelming. We’ll get there together!

  2. Ian Hernandez says:

    Lauren has read that book cover-to-cover about a million times, and I know she highly recommends it too.

  3. Good luck! I was just thinking today how I love a clean house but hate cleaning and really am not that good at it. If only I didn’t mind living in filth life would be so much easier.
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  4. Haha! I have that book…don’t think I ever finished reading it though. I guess I’m hopeless in this department. šŸ™‚

  5. Actually, that book looks like a lot of fun. I’m generally a pretty messy person, but I think magazines about cleaning and organizing are very cathartic, as is strolling the aisles of Storables. Have fun, keep us posted.

    PS. You’re hilarious. MOTHA’ BLAYMA’!

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