Confessions of a Clueless Housewife.

Okay, I got an confession to make. I do not know how to do the whole housewife thing. I suck at cleaning, my style involves leggings, pjs or sweatpants, and when it comes to meal planning my answer is ALWAYS take out Chinese food. I would much rather knit all day than fold laundry but, every once in a while I feel like I want to do the housewife thing and organize my life. I dream of a spotless house, my meals pre planned and not burnt and my outfit is flawless and wonderful. My only explanation for this multiple house wife personality is maybe I was both an amazing 1950s housewife and a feminist who burned her bra in my past lives.

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So, as we all know, The first step in fixing any problem is to admit there actually is a problem. sooo here goes nothing…I SUCK AT BEING A HOUSEWIFE. There I typed it, in all CAPS too so, you know I mean it!

Now, that the confession part is over, its time to start a new chapter and learn how to actually gain some housekeeping skills.  As I have said before, in my dream life I have a cleaned, organized and beautifully decorated home.  Since I happen to be home all day knitting, I might as well put some effort in to gaining house keeping skills to start to fulfill my dream…that is until I can actually afford an organizer, interior designer, cleaner, stylist, make up artist and to have Chinese food delivered every night.

How do I plan on doing all  that? With books of course, and by books, I mostly mean audiobooks. If your following along, the paper or pdf copy of these titles will do just fine. It just so happens to be, I have yet to master knitting and page turning at the same time, hence the audiobook obsession.

Anyway, I have a list of titles I think will help me on my way to becoming a little less of a slob and a little bit more Martha Stewart. The plan is to read ( listen) to these titles and use the ideas in these books to better my life and of course, I’ll be blogging about my progress or lack there of along the way.

 

 The Reading List

The Sidetracked Home Executives By Pam Young and Peggy Jones.

I have actually listened to book many years ago and although it was written in 1980s, I remember this book being funny, cute and inspiring. I don’t think I ever really threw myself into the cleaning schedule they suggest but, this time around I plan to give it my all  with the “index card system” .

Clean My Space By Melissa Maker

I found Melissa ( a fellow Canadian) by accident one day on You Tube. I actually adore her and her awesome videos. She has recently released a book called Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning  Better, Faster and Loving Your Home Every Day. So I will ordering my copy and giving her suggestions a go.

CHAOS to Clean in 31 Easy Baby Steps By Marla Cilley aka The Fly Lady.

I actually attempted the widely popular fly lady system before with some mild success. I have not however, read her latest book so, I think its time I give it a shot!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing By Marie Kondo

Again, I have some experience with this book and I find the ideas Marie presents increbily inspiring. I would love my house decluttered or maybe even become a minimalist and have my house stay that way so, I am very willing to give this magic another go.

With these 4 books, I am hoping I can somehow develop my own personal system of cleaning, decluttering and orgnazising that makes my life less stressful and more like my dream life.

If you have read these books or have great cleaning tips please comment and let me know! I love hearing other people experiences with this. I will blogging each week with my progress so, please feel free to subscribe to stay up to date with the posts!

Keep Smiling and Thanks for reading!

Ashlee

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