"Basa ng basa, hindi naman marunong mag-walis. Isosoli ka ng asawa mo dahil hindi ka marunong sa bahay." - LolaIf only she could see me now. God, bless her soul.
What I did not learn at home when I was growing up, I made up for by reading how-to books. (Yes, Lola, all that reading worked out for me.)
Here is a list of my books on household management:
1. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
I bought this thinking it was a cookbook. I'm still happy I got it. I love Dr. Laura's no-holds-barred way of dishing out advise. She can, however, be a bit sexist so you have to keep an open mind.
(W)omen get married thinking largely about what their marriage and their man can do for them, and not what they can do for their men. And when there is so little emphasis on the giving, the nitpicking and pettiness chews up and spits out what could have been a good marriage.2. KIT: Keep It Together by Frannie S. Daez
Mrs. Daez is an angel. Her book inspired me to develop my own household manual and I credit her for most of what's in it today. Thank you Mrs. Daez. (Note: This is a perfect wedding shower gift.)
KIT is a home management manual to help women keep it together. Frannie Daez introduces a corporate approach to managing the home... The author shares how she manages her home based on personal experiences.3. Apartment Therapy by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
I discovered their website -- http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ -- a few months after my husband and I moved in our apartment. Maxwell's EIGHT STEP HOME CURE made me buy the book. It's not you regular run-of-the-mill interior design book.
A top interior-design guru shows you how to create a home that works for you -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually.4. I Love You, Yaya Handbook by Maricel Laxa Pangilinan
Even those without children can learn a lot from this book. It comes with a CD containing the lectures in the hand book.
It is a two-part reference book containing informative articles on hiring, training, and nurturing caregivers, as well as practical guides for children, common illnesses, developmental milestones, and even fighting stress.5. The Home Organizing Workbook by Meryl Starr
The book contains clutter-busting tips and wonderful photos. The pictures will inspire you to organize your home.
Finally, an accessible and utterly practical handbook that offers lasting results for anyone looking to clear the clutter.6. Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart
This is my housekeeping bible! A must-have for every household. If expectant mothers read "What to Expect When Your Expecting," brides should read this before moving into their own homes.
Martha's indispensible handbook for creating comfortable and beautiful home and caring for everything in it.7. Real Simple Solutions
Most of what's in the book is also in their website -- www.realsimple.com -- but I like browsing through the pages and looking at the pictures when I need inspiration.
Real Simples' indispensible household-hint book. Features more than 300 fast, practical, and affordable solutions to make your busy life easier. Includes inspiring ideas for cooking, cleaning, decorating, entertaining, and more.8. Good Housekeeping:The Complete Household Handbook
Very comprehensive. It is a nice complement to the Martha Stewart Handbook. But if I have to choose between the two, I will choose Martha's.
This is the ultimate comprehensive, authoritative, and easy-to-use source of practical information for organizing, cleaning, and managing your home.9. Better Homes and Gardens: Clutter Cutters
I got this from Book Sale. It gives you practical advice on how to stay organized. This was the book that helped me develop my own system of storing things.
Cut the clutter and reclaim your space and your life. Clutter Cutters offers advice and encouragement for clearing out the clutter in every room of the house.