How To Run Your Home Without Help.

By Alison June 25, 2007 4 Comments 1 Min Read

” To show the way to run one’s home without help, efficiently and happily too, has been the object of this book. But a guide can only point out the path. Of course there will be rough places on the way and setbacks. Days when the jelly won’t jell, the housework seems a meaningless grind, and even the visit to the shops nothing but a drag. Other times though, the sun will shine, everything will go like clockwork, and you’ll feel that nothing in the world can be half so satisfying as running your own home, the way you do.
So don’t despair if  at first everything doesn’t go  exactly to plan. Practise makes perfect, and once you’ve grasped  the general principles you’ll soon work out a routine  to suit your personality and circumstances.
As the  mechanics of running  a home become familiar, you’ll discover how much else there is to the job. Because you are always learning it will never get stale. The joy of creative work, exhausting though it can be, is that it enriches the personality. Running a home may seem unspectacular and ordinary, but making a success of it, so that the home is a happy one for all who live in it, is creative work to rank with the best.”
From “How To Run Your Home Without Help” by Kay Smallshaw.


  1. Grace says:

    Why after 15 years, do I still feel the despair, the frustration of not being successful and feeling that everything is always undone or half-done? Ugh!

  2. Mari says:

    Happy to see you discovered the Persephone Books as mentioned in one of my previous comments.
    They are so delightful – the best however is: One Fine Day by Molly Panter-Downes, who happens to be my great aunt!

  3. Mary says:

    This excerpt has me smiling. I agree whole-heartedly. I love home keeping, and those "meaningless grind" days really make me wonder if I'll ever get my mojo back. What a delight your website is!

  4. sandi says:

    I am printing this and putting it on the wall of the utility room to prod me on those meaningless grind days.(I have, in true Brocante style, added a pretty border etc)
    It's all so true. Homemaking can give such rich rewards of personal achievement. It can also make you feel a complete failure at everything!
    Mind you, I've only been at it for 30 years or so!

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