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_Home Comforts_: Illustrated housekeeping pr0n

'Home Comforts Cover' I've been reading this book, Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House. It's like really beautifully illustrated "Housekeeping Porn." Or maybe what the man page for an immaculate apartment might look like. Anyhow, it's a freaking tome (>800pp.), and it's brimming with stuff that totally turns my crank.

There's something deeply gratifying about detailed line drawings on how to fold your underpants, cheerful advice on choosing the right light bulb, and an entire chapter devoted to effectively ventilating your house. But, some deranged fold of my lizard brain gets most turned on by nine detailed pages on how to wash your dishes.

Set items properly in the draining rack so that water does not pool in them. If you are draining on a towel laid on the counter, set bowls, cups, and glasses so that they tilt slightly. You can do this by making a slight fold in the towel or by setting something relatively flat at its edge, such as a clean plastic cutting board.

I think my wonderfully tidy (and endlessly patient) girlfriend has probably resigned herself to the fact that I only get really interested in something when it involves some kind of fancy system with charts and documentation. So, as far as I'm concerned, this is definitely win-win.

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I read and reviewed this...

I read and reviewed this awhile ago. I like this book - the only negative might be that it's set up more as a reference book than as a how-to manual. So, to get to the details, you often have to wade through a bit of history and discourse. But, it's certainly a great reference.




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