Thursday, February 28, 2002

Keeping house

[The] sense of being at home is important to everyone's well-being. If you do not get enough of it, your happiness, resilience, energy, humor, and courage will decrease.... Being at home feels safe; you have a sense of relief whenever you come home and close the door behind you....Coming home is [a my edit, jbb] major restorative in life....

What really does work to increase the feeling of having a home and its comforts is housekeeping. Housekeeping creates cleanliness, order, regularity, beauty, the conditions for health and safety, and a good place to do and feel all the things you wish and need to do and feel in your home.
From Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson, p. 7.

Now I am marching straight into the kitchen to wash dishes, after which I will pick up at least one pile of papers on the living room/study floor.

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