Friday, May 15, 2009

A Simple Goal

It’s time to come clean…I don’t know how to clean or to cook for that matter.

Okay, to be totally honest, I do know how to whip up a few things:

1. Scrambled eggs
2. Grilled cheese
3. Mac and cheese (from the box)
4. Toast
5. Fruit salad

Of course, I'm not a moron. I know how to spritz the bathroom mirror with Windex and occasionally scrub the tub with Comet

But none of it comes naturally to me. Although I'm relatively competent in other areas of my life, I always feel stressed and out of control when it comes to domestic matters.

In this crazy time when so much about the world seems out of control (the stock market, global warming, etc.), I'd like to be able to take comfort from the simple pleasures in life -- clean sheets, an ordered house and warm, home-cooked meal (that I've cooked).

On this blog, I plan to explore issues related to cooking, cleaning and keeping house. For instance, what's the best way to remove cat hair from a rug?. And how do people find time to serve up delicious, healthy meals every single day? Along the way, I'll be asking for your tips about how to make housework more bearable and for recipes that won't stress me out too much.

I'd love to set myself an ambitious goal like cooking dinner every night for a year, or cleaning for 15 minutes a day, but at the moment, both of those tasks seem overwhelmingly daunting.

Instead, I think I'll settle on a simple, more attainable goal -- to do one household task a day. It may just be scrubbing the toilet or changing the sheets, but it's a start. The idea is that my efforts will gain momentum and somewhere along the line, I'll magically metamorphose into a domestic goddess.

Think I can do it?


Erin said...

egg timer, baby! Set egg timer for 10 minutes and race around and see what you can get done! That's it- that's all it takes. First thing in the day, before sitting down to blog. And you're right, it's not a gender issue- as a woman who lives alone, I realize it's about self-respect- caring enough to have a clean (ish) environment....
love this blog!

Dori said...

I've heard that egg timer thing before. Could be tough, though, for things like making dinner.

Bernie Bernstein said...

Hi Hon,

Just do not compete with your Mom. You will surely lose.

Follow one of my sayings, Always look straight ahead and never down or up 'cuz that's where the dirt lives.

Love you and your blog.


Undomesticated Me said...

I've got to try the egg timer thing.
And I always follow your sayings, dad! You know you can't go wrong doing right.