Of all the household chores, I hate sweeping and mopping the most. I would rather clean the bathroom ten times than sweep and mop the floor once. With sweeping, you spend more time chasing the dust pile around the room with the dustpan than actually sweeping. And mopping – ugh. Get out a bucket, cleaning solution, deal with trying to squeeze all the water out of the mop… just a dirty mess.
I got a coupon in the mail for a free refill with the purchase of the Swiffer WetJet starter kit. $7 savings?* Done! I’d seen the ads with claims that the WetJet cleans better than a mop. And their website is filled with video testimonials of customers who love it. Honestly, cleaning superiority wasn’t my main concern. My main concern was that it was easy and less messy than a mop! But, always being up for challenging advertising, I figured I’d do a quick comparison.
Use the word “Homemaker” or “Homemaking” and you instantly think of a perfectly coiffed, petite woman in the 1950’s, with a fabulous dress, apron, updo and red lipstick, don’t you? The old television shows of the 50’s gave us these iconic images of the quintessential homemaker – she always looked amazing, seemed to have everything in order, with a smile on her face and cookies in the oven. June Cleaver, Harriet Nelson, Donna Stone provided the perfect homemaker role models…although some of us feel more like Lucy Ricardo.
While many women may find the idea of a ‘homemaker’ to be old fashioned, or even demeaning, I really think that nothing could be farther from the truth. These women ruled the home. They may not have had full time jobs, but they were in control of their household. I think this is something we can and should continue, single or married.
There are many elements I see as key to ruling your home. Here are just a few I hope to tackle in this blog.
This blog is dedicated to my mother and all the other strong women of the world
Growing up, we had an old fashioned family – my mom stayed home and my dad provided for the family. But when it came to home repairs and such, they were both involved equally. My dad designed the plans for our house, and I watched my parents build our home when I was just five years old. My mom worked right alongside him, even operating a chainsaw and the power tools. To me, it seemed normal to have a mom who could do just about everything my dad could.
Despite that show of strength, I guess I mostly just saw the partnership of it. I still had this thought that life started once I got married and I had someone to work alongside. My parents had married really young, and I assumed I would to. I kept waiting. And waiting. I finally got married at 30 years old. I was so excited that we had our own house that we could fix up together. But I soon found that he was really no good at home projects. He didn’t enjoy it or seem to have any interest in it. It seemed so unfathomable to me that a man could have no desire to take care of a home, or even to learn how. I quickly realized I was perfectly capable on my own. Why did I need someone else to do the manual labor for me? Why had I waited so long to do all these things that I really enjoyed doing? Four years later, and for a variety of additional reasons, I am now a single girl, managing my household. And loving it!
And you can, too. I hope to share with you what I’ve learned. You can take care of yourself and your household – whether you live in a house or apartment. I don’t claim to know everything, but I’ve learned a few tricks I can share. And I would love to hear any tips you may have along the way.