This was by far one of my favorite books on home management to read. Mrs. Dunwoody is a southern woman who shares all of the tips and tricks she learned throughout her life on home management. Throughout this book, you’ll feel like you’ll get to know Mrs. Dunwoody, and her hospitable, charming, sweet personality radiates through her lessons.
Don’t get me wrong, she’s pretty old-fashioned and strict when it comes to the way she believes a home should be kept, but in all honesty, I agree with most of what she says. There are countless great points in this book that really put into words the feeling of a home I think we’re all trying to achieve. Here is one of my favorite quotes:
“Taking care of our home enables us all to feel nurtured and safe; it brings comfort and solace both in the fruits of our labor and in the freedom it affords to experience life to its fullest. It is important work, and others will suffer if you do not attend to it properly.”
Mrs. Beeton was kind of a no BS type of gal. This book is from 1861, so the things in it should definitely be taken with a grain of salt. However, there are still some great tips and tricks, as well as recipes. I love how simple it is. For example, the recipes use simple, natural ingredients. And a lot of the cleaning recommendations are explained using simple everyday ingredients and tools. Because this book is so old, it’s very basic, which in my opinion is better. Sometimes the 1,000 different cleaning products and types of butter in the aisle at the grocery store are so dang overwhelming.
In my opinion, simplicity is essential in maintaining your sanity with home management, so I’m a big fan of some of the tips she recommends. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Every head of a household should strive to be cheerful, and should never fail to show a deep interest in all that appertains to the well-being of those who claim the protection of her roof.”
Martha is just the G.O.A.T. of modern-day home keeping, I mean let’s just call it what it is. This book has some amazing ideas for organizing your calendar and schedule throughout the year. It includes ideas for cleaning schedules, how often to do things, seasonal entertaining ideas, and things to do around the house. She talks about what veggies are in season, and just such a wide array of ideas and tidbits of info. I took SO MANY notes and have already started incorparting some of the tips from this book. Definitely a must read!
Another oldie, but goodie. Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is THICK. Like thick thick. So many pages, SO MUCH quality content. This book is like the home management dictionary. Anything you need to know, you can find it in here. It has a ton of things like how to clean different materials, and cleaning and maintenance schedules.
Martha is also a big fan of the simpler cleaning techniques and products, which I love. She includes a bunch of DIY cleaner recipes and tried and true tips for keeping up with every single thing you can imagine in your home.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m a huge fan of simplicity when it comes to home management. In this book, Simply Living Well, Julia Watkins does a great job at motivating readers to simplify their homes and lives in everyway. She provides guides, tips and checklists for cultivating a more sustainable and simple lifestyle. This book also includes a lot of healthier and safer swaps you can make for everyday products that are not only bettter for you but also better for the environment.
As Mother Teresa says, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” I truly believe that changes in our world begin at home. If we love our families and our homes and are intentional about the way we live our lives and what we consume and produce, over time it will compound and significantly impact the world and make it a better place.