WHAT IS HOUSEKEEPING?
Housekeeping in simple words means maintaining a house on a daily or long term basis or looking after its cleanliness, tidiness, upkeep and smooth running. When you keep your house clean and well maintained, you would also like to make it as beautiful as possible. How do you make sure that everything in the house is in usable condition? None of the objects are broken or chipped and fabrics are not torn. All the fixtures like taps, geysers, electric wiring, bulbs, tubes, fans, plug-points, are in good working condition, geysers are not leaking, electric wiring is proper and there is no danger of fire due to short circuiting, and so on. Thus, the different procedures followed to keep and maintain everything in the house in a good and presentable order, are collectively known as good housekeeping. In other words, we may also say that housekeeping is a process of keeping a place clean, beautiful and well maintained so that it looks and feels pleasant and inviting to all, either living, visiting or working there.
IMPORTANCE OF HOUSEKEEPING
To know the importance of housekeeping, let us examine the following situation.Rohan gets up with a backache as his mattress is lumpy.He has to catch a train; he opens the tap for bathing but there is no water! He goes to the roof to check the tanks, a leak in the pipe has drained out all the water! He sits for his breakfast and manages to save himself from falling, as the chair is broken. To his horror, he notices a tiny cockroach in his food. Now, would you like to be in Rohan’s place? Would you like to use a dirty toilet? or wear dirty, torn clothes? Would you like to work in a shabby, dirty place? If eating out, would you like to go to a restaurant with broken furniture or pests crawling all over? Would you like to sleep on a dirty and lumpy bed? I am sure the answer to all the above is ‘No’. These are very small things but can make a lot of difference in your daily life. These small things are the very essence of a good housekeeping. Had Rohan attended to the leak in time, repaired the dining chair when it had just started creaking, or unclogged the drain the first time it showed minor blockage, regularly disinfested his house at periodic intervals,— it would have ensured a clear, comfortable environment in which Rohan would have been happy and relaxed. He would not have felt uncomfortable, depressed and frustrated or suffered from an inferiority complex. A good housekeeping would have ensured smooth functioning of all gadgets, no leaks, a comfortable environment in which Rohan would have enjoyed a hassle free living. Thus housekeeping means attending to the small tasks in time.