Next to Godliness: Finding the Sacred in Housekeeping
"I've always sought solace in cleaning.... As my husband and I packed up our apartment and cleaned the profound dust of the Twin Towers from our books and pillows, we used this shared ritual as an opportunity to reflect and heal. As my neighbor once said, 'Cleaning house is my c ...more
More lists with this book...
For this book, Alice Peck has gathered all sorts of writings on different aspects of housekeeping. As she does in her later book Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food, she groups these writings by topic. She could have easily just collected spiritual writings on laundry, on sweeping, on doing the dishes, and produced a decent enough book. But Peck goes further: her early chapters center on these everyday domestic tasks and then she gradually broadens the scope of her anthology until th...more
Indeed, I subscribe to the "clean desk is a sign of an idle mind" mentality but I also reap the rewards and enjoy the preparation for the next project. A clean space now ...more
so this book is a good read. Is it going to make me want to clean more?..'no'
The book can't give me the energy and health I need to take on the cleaning. I don't feel motivated to attack my basement or cobwebs after reading it, but it's a good read