I think I’m quite a difficult person to live with. At certain days, I would want everything to be in perfect order(I have this urge about a week or so before my period comes, how strange), but in other certain days, I’m a living chaos. I have my books, laptop, whatever notes and exams, piled on my bed ! Yes, I sleep with them ! So now that I’m married, it’s going to be more difficult for me to do that. I think Erwin will complain if I use his side of the bed to pile my work up. So I thought, I need some help. I turned to the world’s best guru of homemaking: Ms Martha Stewart for this.
For years now, I’ve been wondering how Ms Martha Stewart can be so … you know.. Martha Stewart ! Years ago, I thought, she might be the kind of woman every men dreamt of marrying. She knows how to make everything beautifully, crafty, creative, an excellent cook, knows how to work on her drills, saws and hammer, and on top of all that, she’s beautiful and a great businesswoman too. Tsk tsk tsk … I’m nothing compared to all that. But alas, I also learnt that her husband left her for another woman. Anyway, aside from that, there’s no denying that she’s still awesome.
So, I checked her website, and figured out that beginners like me can probably start from here : “Six Things to do Everyday“. Only six and definitely worth trying.
And Martha says:
1. Make the Bed
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you’ll let other things — such as clothes and papers — pile up around it.
(ohmygod, she read me ! How could she knoww…)
2. Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn’t where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.
(well, only one person in the household that doesn’t do this)
3. Sort the Mail
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.
(must go shopping to get these four in-boxes ^^)
4. Clean as You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.
5. Wipe Up Spills While They’re Fresh
Whether it’s tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.
(another good idea)
6. Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you’ve finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.
(hey, I mop more often than once a week! I guess I’m not that bad ^^, but yes, I will clean kitchen floor every evening).
I’m not trying to be a stay-at-home housewife, but I’d like to be better. Can I be a better me soon?