I love homemaking! For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved “playing house”. I was the kid who’d build a fort in the backyard then put my Easy Bake oven in the “kitchen” and my doll’s cradle in the “bedroom”. I was the one at Girl Scout camp who’d sweep the dirt in front of her tent so it looked pretty. I was the college freshman who spent her “beer money” on cans of paint, a glue gun and cinderblocks to make bookshelves with a nice scalloped edge of wrapping paper to match the paint.
Yeah, I’m a bit obsessive about this stuff.
I’m a self-taught housewife.
It’s entirely possible that my interest in homemaking arose because I was raised by a working, single mom who taught me an incredible work ethic and the unshakeable belief I can accomplish anything I set my sights on. But someone had to clean house and get meals on the table, and those tasks fell largely to me. I’m probably the only person you’ll meet who had her own subscription to Good Housekeeping when she was 14. Even back then, I liked homemaking.
Where do I get my material?
One too many times I found myself forgetting a great household tip or idea I’d read about, so almost twenty years ago I started collecting them on scraps of paper, pages torn from magazines, index cards, and the like. Of course, that means at times I’ve had to rifle through my boxes them like a madwoman in search of that note about cleaning mattress stains or that tip on getting the smell out of washcloths.
So I got digital, transferring notes to the computer as I used them, or as my daughter called from college seeking advice about her latest domestic emergency. Typing stuff into a Word document made things more searchable but still less convenient than I’d like. Then came the day when it dawned on me: why not start a blog about this stuff? Thus, HousewifeHowTos.com was born!
It’s my hope that the tips I’ve learned, the routines I’ve created, and the recipes I’ve developed will help you in your efforts to make your house feel like home. If you like what you read here, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to get every new blog entry as soon as it’s published. I’d love if you’d join my community on Facebook and Twitter, too!