Sunday, December 1, 2013


(Note from Mark Remond: Dennis’ posts on the Housekeeping 101 course administered by the Women’s Center where he volunteers continues to elicit comments. Here are two recent ones with Dennis’ responses.)

Dear Dennis:

I am up late, just waiting for a load of laundry to finish drying, and decided to catch up on your blog. I re-read this entry  because I found it so inspiring the first time.

I am not surprised at all at the level of interest for Housekeeping 101 by so many husbands. After all, something worth doing is worth doing right, and housework above all is worth doing, I am proud to say. I take great pride, and put all my efforts into keeping our home prim and proper.

This leads me to my question. How long is the typical waiting list to begin the application and vetting process for this (in my case) much-needed course for men? The vacuuming component especially caught my interest. I also need some tips from a stern woman on how to properly scrub a toilet.

I think $125 is quite a bargain for this, especially since the practicum component only costs $25 for intruding on another person’s time. My wife is willing to lend me the money, otherwise it would simply be out of my price range, despite being such an incredible bargain.



As i told Mark, Housekeeping 101 is not something that is offered to the general public; it's limited to those who are active in the center and to men with demonstrated FLR credentials. It's not game-playing; it's serious work! And it's not cheap either! $125 is only the application fee. There is tuition, a $25 weekly gratuity to the Woman hosting one's practicum, other fees, and a mandatory contribution. There are minimum levels for donations to an approved Feminist charity; men usually make this to the center itself. men pay fees at the center whether they are participating in a program or simply volunteering. i make a monthly contribution for the privilege of volunteering. It's a way to raise money and a way to atone for the sins of patriarchy, as well as a way to “give back” and redress the income disparities that women endure. Real men accept the need to financially contribute to women's causes.  

Training in the domestic arts is readily available.  The women in Nancy's family trained me, teaching me everything I needed to know to fulfill their expectations and to abide by the various protocols Her family put forth.

Another way to get some serious training is to sign on with a maid service. I've done this when one of (my Mother-in-law) Sue's friends who runs a housekeeping service needed extra help. Sue volunteered me. Not only did i learn a lot, but i learned to do my assigned tasks quickly and efficiently, what with the assertive management of our crew leader, a no-nonsense businesswoman who realized that time was money.  


I recently have started a job, about 6 hours per day in the housekeeping department of a large hotel. This has helped my bathroom cleaning, and bed making, and vacuuming skills at home. When I am done my part-time job, I have to get home so I can have dinner on the table for my wife, do the dishes, and either clean or do some laundry.

Since the purpose of this job is education, of course the money is deposited into my wife's bank account. I only mention this because this could be a good idea for others interested in Housekeeping 101. —Albert


As i stated in another response, this is an excellent idea! Working in the housekeeping department in a large hotel will teach you many skills that you can use in your duties at home. And an added bonus is that you're likely to be working for a demanding Woman, and we all can use a bit of humility!
In my case i received training from the Women of Nancy's family and by working with a maid service run by the friend of Nancy's mother, Sue. i learned quite a bit, not the least of which was that tasks had to be done correctly AND quickly. "Speed and quality," our supervisor yells as She makes her rounds to check on my work. It's a great use of my spare time; i say "it's" because from time to time I still go out with the cleaning crew when they need extra help. 

And i help out another of Sue's friends who owns a women's clothing botique. At Christmas it's coordinated outfits, at Valentine's Day it's lingerie. She always has a lot of clueless men come into the store looking for gifts. I match up outfits for the men, ensuring that their wives or girlfriends get something special and that i maximize the money the men spend at the store. I'm always looking for ways to max out a guy’s credit card or empty his wallet; the woman in his life deserves nothing less.  After all, what's the average guy going to do with money in his pocket? Probably spend it at the bar or sporting goods store; better that the woman in his life has a great outfit and accessories.

My benefit from all this? Well, plenty! Sue gets my earnings and store discount, but I gain knowledge. i've learned so much about coordinating women's clothing that Nancy trusts me to choose her daily outfits and pack her bags when she's going out of town. In a world where men don't even know the size of their wife's bra and pantyhose, I think that's a real compliment and another way to serve my wife. BTW, i serve women at the clothing store, too. They don't expect much from a man but are soon surprised that i have the same clothing coordination skills as the female associates and do a damn good job of gift wrapping! It's another way to please and serve women at, i might add, a great price since I'm sure the women get our best prices and discounts.


Anonymous said...

Bit worried about maxing out a perceived males wallet as he may be there with his superiors money and we would all want that to go further.


Anonymous said...

I love the idea of working as a house keeper to learn the trade better.

Love the blog.

Alan said...

Love the Luann strip on GoComics today which goes with this post! Brad agrees to do ALL the chores so long as he can be with Tony.

This is actually true with most men. Women need to realize it should not be their job to do any chores; start early, before the wedding, to have the man desire to do all the chores at home, and always encourage him after the wedding.

BOB said...

Mr Remond
I dont know if you have seen it.But today's [ Sunday,December 8,2013] New York Times has a front page article called
" Wall Street moms and Stay at Home Dads"

The title pretty much speaks for itself. And its a pretty long [but interesting] article .I thought that it might interest you or your readers

Jeff said...

Thank you Albert for this wonderful idea. There are four hotels in my city that I have seen advertising for housekeeping staff. Is your supervisor strict? Also how many rooms per shift are you expected to clean? I'm seriously considering applying.

Albert said...

Hi Jeff: In response to you're questions; My first point is not to concern yourself with the number of rooms assigned. Just realise you are expected to do what is allotted. More importantly check out a number of hotels by walking onto the floors ahead of time, and talk to the housekeeping staff directly first.
Try to go early afternoon, and not early morning.

After some searching, I found a facility where the staff members were highly stressed, and over worked because of high employee turn over rates, and short staffing. The employees had told me their female supervisor was extremely demanding, and constantly criticising their work, and stressing perfection. Many would only stay a short time, and find another job.

This is exactly what I wanted, and needed. From this I have learned to be fast, and do a proper job or I soon feel the wrath of my supervisor. From this relentless grind, I am able to develop my skills, and take them home, and apply them there and now housekeeping at home is becoming easy.

It's now easier because by comparison to my place of work it's nothing, and I can now lay sheets on a bed straight, with even edges the first time without wasting time. There are other examples but there is no need to go into them.

If you are interested, most certainly give it a try, but there is no point in going to a place that has a slack attitude with no accountability, because you would just be working without strongly developing your domestic skills, which is the whole focal point of doing this.

tommy said...

I find it fascinating how much guidance men need in housekeeping. I guess I've been doing it so long, I have been regarding housework as a common sense skill, refined to Her preferences. One point I find particularly useful to convey is "efficiently" effective housekeeping. Anybody can spend 3 hours to make a bathroom spotless and sparkling, but to do as perfect a job in 45 minutes or LESS is the challenge. One point I would like to convey is scheduling. In Her house we have established a housekeeping schedule. A whole-house light cleaning is done daily as schedules permit. I say as schedules permit because lets be honest, one cannot always work a full day at the office, come home, cook, clean, shop, serve AND please Her, every day! Some nights we entertain, or go out, or simply devote the night to Her pleasure, BUT the tasks must be made up, naturally. So, light cleaning daily. Deep-cleaning at least 2 rooms on Sunday while She shops with Her Gal-pals or, during this time of year, watches football with them. Deep-cleaning involves cleaning walls, floors, ceiling fans, scrubbing bathroom fixtures, polishing and moving furniture and appliances to clean behind, windows and vacuuming, plus washing all sheets and towels. During this time, it's important to note that i am to serve their slightest whim if they're home. And, i am strictly prohibited from placing a single glance at the television, ESPECIALLY if it's a sporting event (men+tv(esp. sports)=worthless zombie). Special projects (home improvement, painting, repairs, etc) are undertaken when She is away on Her Gals weekends monthly. Efficiency in shopping is also very important. You often see men wandering the market like zombies looking for the most basic of items. Learn the shop, where everything is, when it's stocked, and the prices of items. Know what you want. Have a list. And critical, know the checkers. Who's fast, who chats, who's helpful. Go in, get it all, get out. I plan shopping continually and organize my list and coupons during lunch breaks at work, and ALWAYS ask Her if there's anything special i need to pick up. Oh, and need I say that everything mentioned above should be concluded with "...or as otherwise directed".
Great blog, as always!!

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