A note from the author:
I feel I ought to warn you.
This is not a practical housekeeping manual.
There may be the odd tip or useful gem, but the main aim of this book is not to teach you how to clean your home. My intention is to help you cope with the unique psychological challenge of being a modern female with a home to keep. This book is less ‘how to’ and more ‘why bother’.
These are strategies to keep you sane.
If, like me, you lack the domestic gene where housework comes naturally, or your feminist tendencies make you want to run screaming from mop and bucket, then this book is for you. It’s a collection of ideas that I’ve stumbled across, ideas that have eased the mental burden of doing what must be done within the home.
My wish is that these simple suggestions will save you years of anguish and frustration. And I hope that these perspectives will liberate you to enjoy a beautiful home with both your sanity and relationships intact.
This book is for you if you recognise any
of the following housework blues:
Overwhelmed (There’s too much to do. I don’t know where to start. I never get on top of my jobs.)
Injustice (Why should I do it all? I didn’t make the mess. Why am I the only one doing it?)
Futility (What’s the point? It’ll only get dirty again. It’s endless.)
Boredom (It’s so monotonous. Every day, the same chores, over and over. I hate repetitive tasks.)
No Energy (I can’t be bothered. I’m too tired. It’s too much like hard work.)
Inferiority (I’m no good at this. I’m so useless. Other women can manage it but not me.)
Superiority (I’m better than this. It’s a waste of my brain and talents. Is this where I’ve ended up?)
Lack of Motivation (I can’t seem to get started. I just don’t want to do it. I’d rather do something else.)
Praise for Housework Blues
“Utterly scrumptious ideas for surviving the daily drudge.”
~ Alison, Brocante Home
“It really did the trick for me. I really love the way you wrote it,
with different sections for each mindset, because it was so helpful
to skip to the ones that applied to me. It was fun to go meandering
through as I discovered more of my blocks.
Perhaps the best thing is just how I feel about my house.
All the stress is gone. Most of the time it’s really tidy, sometimes it’s not.
I don’t mind. I know I’m making progress all the time.
There are some areas that were really important to me
and they are finally 100% in order. Woohoo! The rest is coming along.”
~ Mel Ushikubo, mel-creates.com