I may get an uncommon thrill when realizing the vacuum needs to be emptied or noticing I have a spare hour in the afternoon – just enough time to make a batch of cookies. I’m not an expert, however. I haven’t refined my homemade pot roast recipe through decades of trial and error, like any good housewife of yore would have done. I still haven’t bothered to teach myself how to fold a fitted sheet.
I’m 28 years old. I’ve had a slight obsession with cleaning for 10 years, and I’ve been keeping house as a married guy for a little more than two. I’ve been baking bread for less than a year. I clearly still have lots to learn.
As far as I’m concerned, that’s the exciting part. I know enough to realize that, for whatever reason, cooking and cleaning are my passions. (More self-analysis will undoubtedly be coming in a later post.) In my two-year stint as a manly housekeeper, I’ve developed tips, tricks and recipes to help me do my job. I believe there are like-minded people out there who, either intentionally or unintentionally, are in a position similar to mine. I want to share what I’ve learned, as I continue to learn more.
Readers, you and I are going to be in this together. At this very moment, I haven’t tested five recipes that use beer as a main ingredient. (I have tried one, and it’s fantastic.) In my mind, however, more than one great beer recipe should be in the back pocket of every manly housekeeper. I’ll hunt for those recipes, test and refine them, and then share them with you. And the world will be better for it.
Since we are going to be sharing this space together, I believe I should highlight some personal goals of mine, as well as what I want to do with this space.
- I plan to identify exactly what every manly housekeeper should know, and if I don’t know it, I’ll learn how and explain it to you. Case in point: A manly housekeeper should know how to sew, but not how to knit. Why? Because knitting is something done primarily for pleasure. If I knew how to sew, I could fix the rip in my jeans and replace the busted button on one of my dress shirts.
- I will publish at least once a day. I want The Manly Housekeeper to become a community hub, and that only happens when I give you a reason to come back.
- The Manly Housekeeper will be a multimedia site. There will be how-to videos. There will be step-by-step slideshows. There will be interviews with experts. There will be podcasts. You aren’t going to see all of these things from the beginning, but they are coming.
- My first-person blogging will be a part, but not the only part, of this site. (Look for a post about my love affair with vacuuming soon.) Ultimately The Manly Housekeeper will live and die on its pointers, recipes and advice, not tales of my trips to the grocery store.
- The Manly Housekeeper will be a place for learning and experimentation. Like I said, I’m not an expert. I’ve made a bunch of dishes that have turned out terribly, and I will happily share those stories with you. But I do love the process of refining and perfecting a skill. In a couple of weeks I’m going to start building my first vegetable garden, in the parking lot behind my apartment. I’m sure the project won’t go completely smoothly, but I can’t wait to share my experience with you.
With that brief manifesto out of the way, let’s get to work! Got a suggestion for a topic I should cover? Let me know in the comments.