What is good housekeeping

Good housekeeping

Heinrich Zille's water carrier (source: Wikipedia)

Housekeeping is completely neglected as a topic. This is at best something for wimps or, in more conservative circles, for women. Wrongly. In fact, running a household is not dissimilar to running a business, and knowing more about it makes life not only cheaper, but more satisfying. Also wrongly, as far as I know, there is almost no home economics at school (anymore). At least we didn't even have that at all: perhaps the best preparation for the consumer society. If you cannot solve household problems yourself, you just have to buy them ... (such as egg cookers).

From a minimalist point of view, most of the books that are aimed at “normal people” are not only unusable, but often also a covert incitement to more consumption.

In the event that you want to learn something about it, I can very much help you with Das Manuscriptum Hausungsbuch recommend by Anna Knon. If you take to heart what's in there, you can easily make your grandma or parents look old. 🙂

Other books that influenced my current housekeeping were more from other areas. I got some good inspirations from the following books, among others:

As is so often the case, it is about the efficient use of time and resources. And the focus on what is really important (to us).

As good as books are, you also need practice.
Even so, my household is small too - through considerable reductions in the last 2-3 years, I have scaled down my inventory to such an extent that my things were last moved nearly they all fit into a station wagon - a few things were extra - it's always an eye opener for me when I'm in the caravan for a week.

I don't have a direct water connection there, i.e. I have to get water with a canister from about 50m away when I've used it.
I think twice about whether I can actually do something again with 1-2 liters Superfluous instead of. It's so much easier not to be wasteful. And if I do, then I have to drag 10kg over 50m again - at least some extra training 🙂

I also don't have a power connection on site. However, I have batteries for laptop, telephone and light there. Cooking works with gas. I have to plan well so that no food goes by (*), I also have to use electricity efficiently so that I don't have any light at all in the evening (**) The minimalist weeks in the caravan have a positive effect on my life at home. Of course, I already use the stove, washing machine and dishwasher at home - but my electricity bill is less than half what is normally estimated for one person. I think that is due to the lack of a television, dryer and the fact that I usually only wash at 30 degrees (more is usually not necessary with the little sweat at the desk).

(*) Though I have to admit that there are usually too many things stored in the refrigerator that don't need to be there: e.g. eggs, vegetables, fruit ... - in principle, nothing needs to be in the refrigerator that is not in the supermarket on the refrigerated shelf.
(**) Although not having as much light as you want in the evening also creates a clear calm for me: because at some point it not only makes sense to sleep, but there is also not much else to do when it is dark. Nevertheless, the most common reason to go to bed at a reasonable time in the evening is less the fact that the battery is empty than that I don't want to go back to charge the battery the next day: my most reliable ally: laziness 🙂

Keeping the caravan tidy is also a major challenge: there is only as much space as there is space. And when I am supposed to complete everything, you gradually come up with what you actually need and what you don't. It is not only very reassuring to know that you have everything important and not have everything that is unimportant, but it also prevents new purchases quite efficiently: after all, I would have to throw out something that I thought was important.

Apart from the manuscript of the household book, I heard of a book about housekeeping on the boat some time ago. It goes without saying that housekeeping on a boat should be a lot more challenging and the tips a little more extreme - which is what we want 🙂 I think I'll take a look at the following book in good time: Good Boatkeeping

Does any of you know that?

If you should be able to live in a caravan or on a boat for 1-2 weeks: just give it a try. It takes a few days to get used to the first time, but you take a lot with you - and I don't mean things 🙂

What are your efficiency tips and experiences for the household?

Good housekeeping was last modified: April 10th, 2016 by Frank Wolf