But I’m Not a Housewife!

Domestic Bliss, Eventually

Mentors for Homemakers?!

I didn’t learn much from my mom about how to keep a home. She was a single mom working as a teacher and putting herself through graduate school, so she can’t be blamed for having her plate full. We also lived too far from extended family to gather much for the holidays. I don’t think my mom ever made a turkey and stuffing (but I did learn to make killer pumpkin pie from her). And to top it off, she suffers from Depression and as I’ve mentioned before, she is a compulsive hoarder

Here’s an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry on Compulsive Hoarding:

Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding) is the acquisition of, and failure to use or discard, such a large number of seemingly useless possessions that it causes significant clutter and impairment to basic living activities such as mobility, cooking, cleaning, showering or sleeping.


  • living spaces sufficiently cluttered so as to preclude activities for which those spaces were designed
  • significant distress or impairment in functioning caused by the hoarding (for all family members as well).
  • And from the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation website:

    Living spaces sufficiently cluttered so as to preclude activities for which those spaces were originally designed. Obviously, with many items coming into the home and very few going out, the clutter will accumulate. It does not take long for the clutter to spread onto the floors, counter tops, hallways, stairwells, garage, and cars. Beds become so cluttered that there is no room to sleep. Chairs become buried under clutter, so there is nowhere to sit. Kitchen counters become so cluttered that food cannot be prepared. For many hoarders, it gets to a point where there might be only a narrow pathway that connects each room, and the rest of the house is piled several feet high with clutter. It becomes impossible to use many areas of the house for their original purpose.

    So you can see how difficult it is to maintain normal housekeeping practices in that environment. My mother wasn’t a slob and we didn’t live in abject squalor, but there was no such thing as a regular routine and I’ve developed a fear of housework that extends beyond vacuuming, sweeping, basic laundry, some ironing and dish washing.

    Mopping? Toilet scrubbing? Shower and bath cleaning? Gag me!

    Counter-tops, stove-tops, dust bunnies, the depths of the refrigerator…. and clutter, clutter, clutter! The list of things I avoid cleaning as long as possible is nearly endless.

    But above all, I’m most deficient in home cooking. Or any kind of cooking.

    I plan to master all of these skills in the coming year. 

    Enter The Homemaker’s Mentor. Here, Mrs. Martha Greene and Mrs. Rebekah Wilson, who are both homemakers, mothers, and authors, offer cheap and “helpful lessons to inspire you and expand your homemaking skills.” I could kiss them!

    Unfortunately, my purse strings are a little too tight to pay even the small amount that they charge for something that I can get for free. They do, however, offer some free sample lessons, such as how to bake the perfect pie and laundry, so I’ll update you on how I like those when I read through and try them.

    And check out their Curricula for 2008:

  • Deep Cleaning the Master Bedroom
  • Sew Simple Curtains
  • Growing an Indoor Herb Garden
  • Children’s Clothing – Storage & Solutions
  • Dried Beans & More Beans! 
  • Sew an Apron
  • Family Home Cooked Meals
  • Well Stocked Medicine Cabinet
  • Crocheted Lace Edgings
  • Canning Blackberry Jam
  • A Sparkling Kitchen – Part One and Two
  • Really GOOD Home-Canned Pickles!
  • Long Term Food Storage & Emergency Preparedness
  • Pantry Principles – Organizing and Stocking
  • Sweet Dreams! ~ Homemade Pillowcases
  • Perfect PIES!
  • Laundry Part One
    Laundry Part Two
  • My kitchen – A Restaurant?
  • Apples~Apples and How to Use them All
  • Gingham Embroidery
  • Sew Simple Skirts for Mommies & Girls
  • Making a Memory Quilt
  • In a Stew! A Hearty Farm-House Meal
  • Rebekah’s Revolving Chore Chart for Children
  • Mother’s Master List of Home Duties
  • Lot’s of fun stuff there.

    See! I told you this learning to keep a house business would be fun!


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