A Housework Revolution

life after housework

Is there life after housework?
A revolutionary approach that will free you from the drudgery of housework
Aslett
1981

I don’t think one can “improve” housework to the extent it can make the drudgery disappear. Taking a task and making it more efficient is a good idea, and I am onboard with the concept. As a house cleaning slacker, I am usually disorganized and easily distracted. I just don’t think I can go through the house and get everything done. I think this book assumes you can get organized and not be distracted by other stuff or people.

When I was doing the housework thing with children, I couldn’t devote serious time since I was always getting interrupted. I love a clean house, but have always thought of housework as a never ending chore. It’s never done. Life after housework? No, because it starts all over again and it never ends. Also, I don’t like these illustrations.

Still cleaning up from the 1990s,

Mary

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9 comments

  1. And a patron marked this one up.

    I remember my mother having a copy of this. The “how to prevent housework” was to prefer things that were easier to clean than others (cieling mounted glass done v. chandelier with arms and dangling things) and look at places where crap accumulates to see what the problematic things that turn up are.

  2. Hey, did you guys raid my mom’s bookcase? Between this and the Color Me Beautiful books, I’m having deja vu.

  3. I stand with Quentin Crisp: “There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.”

  4. my mom had this and i read a couple of his other books. i like this guy. his attitude is to pre-emptively strike the dirt, saving future time and headaches. he reminds me of that Vietnam war vet who taught shop at your high school, or at least my high school. he also “preaches” minimalism and organization, discouraging bringing excess into your home, stupid souvenirs, too many kids’ toys.

  5. The text is really trying too hard. As we learned from Spinal Tap, there’s a fine line between clever and stupid.

    Guess this mansplainer was thinking he needed dumb jokes to get his complicated ideas across to the little ladies, hyuk hyuk.

    If I wanted a combo of humor and housework in 1981, I’d have gone for Erma Bombeck.

    1. I’m not sure if that is his fault or his editor’s. I’ve read books where it seems _really_ obvious where one butted in on the other. Not enough source material here to tell.

      1. https://museumofclean.com/

        My friend and I visited the museum in Idaho as a lark and ended up staying 3 hrs! Met the author of the book; it’s his museum. Yes, he’s not only still with us he is a hoot! We took gag photos, he gave us a tour and he charmed us all. When he found out we were librarians he all but kissed our feet. He is SUPER knowledgeable and if you ever have a cleaning question, contact him. He loves to answer questions.

  6. I worked for the company that published his books, and he was really one of their star authors at the time, and the editor was very skilled. I wouldn’t actually use the word “mansplaining” in this case, because he did have a lot of genuine expertise on–and passion for–the subject. I think the part about cottage cheese and vinegar is genuinely funny. I think his target audience was richer people than I, though. For example, in one book he suggested a kind of vacuum cleaner that was built into the walls where the user just took the hose from room to room. The illustrations do look dated now: they didn’t at the time!

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