“What really does work to increase the feeling of having a home and its comfort is housekeeping. Housekeeping creates cleanliness, order, regularity, beauty, the conditions for health and safety, and a good place to do and feel all the things you wish and need to do and feel in your home. Whether you live alone or with a spouse, parents, and ten children, it is your housekeeping that makes your home alive, that turns it into a small society in its own right, a vital places with its own ways and rhythms, the place where you can be more yourself than you can be anywhere else” ~ Quoted from Page Seven of the Book Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson
The book quoted above (and below) is most highly recommended to Wonderful Women. As a matter of fact, it is a *must read* for Wonderful Women! If a homemaker reads a chapter a day of this book until she has read it all, she will have a wealth of knowledge and understanding to draw upon as a homemaker. She will also have this wonderful book to refer to when she needs a refresher on something.
The book itself is not a dry read. It is written in a wonderful style that makes reading it a pleasure. Every homemaker reading this post likely has the time it takes in a day to read a chapter. Not all chapters may apply, but should be read anyway, as the broaden a homemaker’s base of knowledge and understanding, and who knows – maybe a friend will seek information one has learned through such a chapter or maybe one’s style or furnishings will change and what was read will become applicable.
If you can possibly afford it, it is asked that you purchase a copy of this book as soon as possible, and begin reading a chapter a day. It will do nothing but make you a better homemaker, and more knowledgeable and understanding woman. If you cannot afford to purchase a copy at this time, but have the desire in your heart to become a better homemaker and more knowledgeable, understanding woman through reading this book, e-mail pentucky(at)alaska(dot)net with the words “Home Comforts” in the heading and your first and last name, plus full postal mailing address in the body of the e-mail to receive a complimentary copy of the book, which includes shipping (the book will not cost you any money). No other information is necessary, and your personal information (e-mail address, name, mailing address) will not be shared with anyone outside of Barnes and Noble, as your book will ship directly from them, God willing, over the next few weeks.
“Unfortunately, what a traditional woman did that made her home warm and alive was not dusting and laundry. Someone can be hired to do those things (to some extent, anyway). Her real secret was the way she identified herself with her home. Of course, this did not always turn out well. A controlling woman might make her home suffocating. A perfectionist’s home might be chilly and forbidding. But it is more illuminating to think about what happened when things went right. Then her affection was in the soft sofa cushions, clean linens, and good meals; her memory in the well-stocked storeroom cabinets and the pantry; her intelligence in the order and healthfulness of her home; her good humor in its light and air. She lived her life not only through her own body but through the house as an extension of her body; part of her relation to those she loved was embodied in the physical medium of the home she made.” ~ Quoted from Pages Nine and Ten of the Book Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson