1. I started reading Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook. We received it as a wedding gift 16 years ago and for nearly 2 decades I have fought with every ounce of my body falling into yet another one of those tasks that somehow ends up being unequally divided between partners. I'm just so sick and tired of things not being clean and organized, so here I go taking this on too. It's going to be an experiment. I'm infamous for not knowing how to load a dishwasher or properly work a vacuum, so I'm giving myself some time to work through the whole book. Can I become a homekeeping expert? If not, send help.

2. What I love about Martha and the book is that as much as my feelings and hangups around homekeeping are very gendered, she is totally not. The presentation of the book, instructions and tone is inclusive and the tasks and tips are presented as being instructional and read like a plumbing or electrical manual. Not as something extraneous or extra, but things that are helpful to know how to do as much as clearing a clogged drain and separating the recycling. Score one for Martha.

3. The book is really interesting and one of the first things I learned is that it is illegal for commercial kitchens to use sponges because they are so friggin filled with bacteria and germs. That made me throw up in my mouth a little. I knew sponges are supposed to be replaced often and cleaned in the dishwasher or washing machine, but the fact that commercial kitchens are not even allowed to have them because they are such bacteria traps kind of gave me chills. Bye bye sponges. Yuck.

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