When I was redesigning my header a while ago, I created the tagline for Cook Clean Craft “Tools for the Modern Domestic Engineer”. It was a play on the fact that I was previously a chemical engineer and that “domestic engineering” was an in-joke term for housewife. Since I entered the world of homemaking and stay-at-home parenting, I decided to embrace the term and blog about how I engineer a happy home.
But who is the modern domestic engineer?
Traditionally, the domestic engineer was a stay-at-home housewife (and often mother) devoted to household management. That doesn’t really capture me nor most of our the modern lifestyles. There are very few people who purely devote themselves to home management.
The modern domestic engineer may be working full time, part time or not at all (outside the home), balancing outside interests with the requirements of home. More men are taking up the home manager role, whether as a stay-at-home Dad, single until later in life or divorced. The modern domestic engineer is not defined (or judged) by whether they have kids.
Through all that diversity, there are common threads that draw us together. The modern domestic engineer:
- Likes order and organisation, trying to keep the chaos at bay, even though it feels futile and overwhelming at times,
- Is time poor – not wanting to spend more time cleaning than they have to and always on the lookout for tips and tricks to get the “have to’s” done quickly.
- Tries to live within their means – cost control is an important part of engineering and domestic engineering is no exception. Finding the balance between saving and enjoying life is the key.
- Tries to live healthily, but needs the occasional decadent treat to get through the day.
- Likes meals that are quick to get on the table, but enjoys baking or cooking something more elaborate when there’s time.
- Enjoys pursuing their own interests – with a focus here on crafts, such as sewing, crochet, cardboard, creating for the home, for family and occasionally even for themself.
Hopefully you’re here because you identify with at least some of the above. If you do, I hope you find Cook Clean Craft useful, interesting, and/or inspiring.
So how would you describe the modern domestic engineer? Do you fit the characteristics described above? What have I missed?