When I got married almost 4 years ago I wanted to be the best housewife ever. I had a look online found some cookbooks that I liked the look of. I also found a book called ‘How to be the perfect housewife’ by Anthea Turner. I liked the pretty pink cover and so I bought it. I read through it and it was great! However, I still worked full time and was not in the right mindset to be bothered with cleaning so it ended up gathering dust on my bookshelf.
Fast forward and I have had 2 children and moved house. Even when I gave up my job when I had Little G I still had no interest in housework, although our old house was much smaller and it didn’t take much to tidy it up. Our new house has always defeated me. Having a toddler means a house is never truly tidy but having 2 grown adults that make as much mess does not help the situation either.
Back in February we went to stay with a friend and her house is so neat and tidy I came away feeling inspired. I wanted a house like that. I wanted to be a proper housewife, not just a wife that stayed at home and looked after the children.
I remembered the book and decided to re-read it. This time I really read it, absorbed everything she was saying. I also spotted it said ‘As seen on tv’ on the front cover so I ordered the DVD that accompanied the book. Oh how I love Anthea Turner!! Honestly she has changed my life. I don’t even feel like I do housework now, it is just a part of my day to day life and I actually enjoy it! (I know, sad right??)
The best thing I have learned is how to organise my week into rooms. Instead of aimlessly tidying here and there I focus on one room per day. Monday is when I do the living room from top to bottom for example. Now that I focus on one room per day I feel as though it is all much more maneagable- something I never thought I would hear myself say!
If I do let things slip Little G says “What would Anthea say?” It makes me laugh as she genuinely thinks Anthea will find out I’ve not swept up! She has her own feather duster and reminds me when I need to do it now which I find adorable!
Are you a fan of housework? Do you have any tips to share?