An Interview with Cindy Harris
Do you think housework can ever be fun?
Absolutely. Think of it as an art.
You're not just scrubbing the floor or polishing silver.
You're creating something of beauty, your own sacred space, that
all who pass through your doors can see and enjoy. The key
is being organized so you don't waste time. Put on your favorite
music while you work; it makes housework much more enjoyable.
Are there chores
you hate or love? What's your own ‘keeping house’ routine?
Ironing is something I've never done
well yet the tips I've learned, which
are now in this book, have been enormously helpful. My routine
is basic: 'do the
worst first,' and 'think tidy, be tidy';
these are mantras I truly live by. They simply work.
Why do you think there's been so
much interest in housework over the last
few years, with best-selling books
and popular TV programs devoted to the subject?
The love of beauty and decorating,
with a plethora of television shows
to illustrate it, has tapped into
a universal desire for a well-kept home. This cannot occur
unless we know how to keep such surroundings
beautiful and in tip-top shape. These
programs always fascinate
because they show the audience how
dirt and grime ruin a beautiful arrangement
in the kitchen or mar a gleaming staircase. The
fast pace of our world makes knowing
how to maintain your beautiful surroundings
fast a real necessity. Men want to learn, too,
because women insist that their significant
others know how to keep clean and
beautiful homes. The bachelor with a darling
pad will win the girl!
What is the most important message
that you would like people to take
from your book?
Keeping your house, like your life, is
a state of mind. The order and
simplicity of your home are direct reflections
of your mind and emotions. The
more organized and tidy you surroundings are, the
more and well-balanced you will
be in your life.