Domesticity: Home Ec
Last week it was baking bread; this week is cleaning the house.
Face it, guys, no amount of blog reading is going to make your living environment inhabitable, clean your clothes, or cook your food. For that, you’ve got to either learn how to, or pay someone else. So, until you win the lotto, here are two books I recommend:
The first one, Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living – Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it, is a good, basic book based on the Home Ec 101 website. It’s a very good choice for someone setting up household for the first time.
The second one, Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House, is nearly-encyclopedic in detail and variety of topics covered. With seventy-two chapters, plus notes, sources, and indexing, author Cheryl Mendleson leaves no domestic stone unturned. You will refer to this book many times during your life because of the plethora of information on subjects from vegetables to insurance. And, once you’re able to hire your own butler, you’ll want to read the chapter on domestic employment laws, too.
Also popular, but pricier: Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home
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