Monday, June 28, 2010

Domestic Liberation...Really?

Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets

There's a new book out called Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets. It claims to be "your ultimate guide to domestic liberation." Liberated from domestic chores, but liberated to what?

Here are some examples from my life about what would happen at my home if I liberated myself from all domestic chores:

Our bathrooms would smell like pee, permanately (I'm serious! I have boys, remember?!)
Our living room carpet would just really look disgusting due to dog hair, food crumbles, and millions of other random items
Feet would stick to the kitchen floor
Ants would find their own domestic liberation in my home
My kids' allergies would worsen due to excess dust
We would all look sloppy with consistently wrinkled clothes (assuming I actually washed them)
Our house would probably start to stink
"Our house would fall down" (a quote from my five-year old when I asked him what would happen if we stopped doing chores)

I think he nailed it on the head perfectly. We do the things we need to do so we can enjoy our house. Our work on our family's behalf, done with love, is a large part of what makes our house our home.

I haven't read the book yet; I have it on hold at the library. I will submit a report for you all when I'm done.:)  Check back next Monday. In the meantime, I'll be folding fitted sheets (it's really not that hard) and performing other domestic chores. :)

(P.S. The way my mom taught me to fold fitted sheets is: bring the corners together and tuck one corner into the other, fold the sides down about a foot--or a little less--and then proceed to fold as with a flat sheet. How do you fold fitted sheets?) :)


  1. OK see I can't fold fitted sheets worth a darn. They drive me batty, but I do at least halfway fold them up with their matching top sheet and pillow cases adn put them away. I am not exactly a domestic queen and I know about the bathroom cause I have 3 boys myself. But I can't not do anything, it would drive me batty

  2. Good Post!! I know this sounds crazy, but I like housework. I like watching the kitchen counters transform from messy to clean...even if they only stay that way for a few minutes. I like making dirty things look like new - whether I'm helping my girls tidy up the playroom or cleaning spots off the carpet. There is a deep satisfaction to be found in order and simplicity of purpose. And there is honor in being adept at keeping a house in running order - even if it is only the kind of honor that falls softly as I lay down my head after a hard day of housework.
    Georgia Peach

  3. I read the first few pages of the book on Amazon - I'm not really impressed. It seems to be about how to hide the dirty corners of your house so you can pretend it's clean while working full-time.

    But (although this is not likely the author's intention) it looks like it would serve as an EXCELLENT case against the 'I can work full time and still do everything at home' lie. :-)

  4. I fold my fitted sheets the way you described. And I am blessed to have a husband who washes and dries the sheets, I don't worry how he folds them--but I would love to get to stay home and fold them myself! I so appreciate your blog. Look forward to reading your review. :)

  5. AnonymousJune 30, 2010

    Haha! I actually did a whole blog post about how to fold a fitted sheet. I don't know if the photos worked. I should have done a video.

    Anyway, I agree that keeping a house nice creates a home that I and the rest of my family actually want to be in, spend time together in, and enjoy. I'm interested to read your review of the book.