The Manly Housekeeper Manifesto

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.

  • Ell

    You should definitely throw in some light homebrewing. I’m a guy who enjoys cooking (like yourself) and brewing has been a blast. The only downside to brewing vs. cooking is the wait while the beer ferments, then carbonates.

    But it’s a great hobby – and manly to boot.

    • Mark Evitt

      Great suggestion – it’s definitely on my list of things to cover. I have a friend who is an experienced home brewer and has offered to do some guest posts about it. Ultimately I want to brew my own beer, then take the yeast used in the brewing process and use it to bake bread. That was one way bread was made (back in the 1800s) before commercial yeast was widely available, and I’m curious to see how the flavors are different.

  • Kimberly

    Hi Mark, I work with your lovely wife, Mrs. E, who pointed a few of us here at the office in the direction of your site today. Great idea, great site! I just so happen to be an expert folder of fitted sheets, and would be happy to teach you. Its quite easy! I also can teach you how to sew, certainly well enough to mend small issues with clothes — before you know it, you’ll be slipcovering sofas!



    • Mark Evitt

      Great, sign me up!

  • Chris Lin

    Love the site, Mark! Plan to visit frequently =)

  • Dorothy Jean Marks

    Our local paper had yourhints on cleaning a coffee maker with white vinegar. I have learned to add a clean coffee fliter to the pot to filter out and catch the scale dislodged by the vinegar.

    • Mark Evitt

      Good recommendation. Thanks for checking out the site and commenting!

  • Dr. J

    Congratulations on your Anniversary.Your site is most helpful to my sons who have their own pads and are in college. As a guy who (after 29 years of marriage) has embarassingly limited household skills I too look forward to your suggestions.I will start with brewing beer!  Best,Dr.J(Brett’s Dad)   

  • Robin Hardy

    Ok, so I just found your site and all I can think is: your wife must be deliriously happy. I wonder if there’s some way to leak this information to my husband? Fun site, and great recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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