Tuesday, February 14, 2012
It can be a status-symbol to have a housekeeper clean your house for you. I also read a great book by a Home Schooling Mother. She hired a live-in maid to take care of things. Obviously she had the extra money for that, and I love that she had domestic help. For most of us, however, hiring help is not in the budget.
Too many people today spend their time "chilling" or "hanging out." It is certainly fine to rest and take breaks, but more and more people are becoming lazy.
Cleaning our own homes includes plenty of daily work. In the 1800's, farm wives had plenty to do at home. They made meals, did dishes, tended gardens, preserved produce, made clothes, and cared for the entire family. In the 1930's it was common to spring clean the entire house by emptying the contents, scrubbing out cabinets and closets, and even painting all the rooms. There was an attitude of work more than leisure in those days.
There is a way to efficiently clean so that it takes less time. There is a way to delegate certain duties to different members of the family so the burden doesn't rest on one person. But Mother is the head housekeeper. She is the executive maid in charge of the entire home.
She must be careful not to take on too many outside projects or responsibilities. Her work at home, caring for the family and home, is substantial! It is immense. It is one of the greatest jobs in the world.
When Mother can be her own maid, with class and style, she is setting a fashion statement for the culture around her - that staying home is something to crave - something of value, that girls should want to aspire to. When she does her job cheerfully and with pride, she sets the stage for a role many others will want.
Grace Kelly would never be one of these - Bossy Wives.
To Encourage the - Mother of Sinners.
My Very Best, Favorite Room- The Purple Parlour.
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