How to be a Turkish Housewife

Ok ladies, this is the one you have been waiting for. Let’s get down to the hard and fast rules of the job.

I once read that in order to be successful in life you need to use your time wisely. You need to spend 70% of your time focusing on your job at hand, but you also need to be mindful of your future target too and spend 30% of your time doing things that will help you reach this target. So if you were working you would spend 70% of your time doing your day job and 30% of your time working on achieving a promotion – the job you would like to do in the future. Makes sense so far, right? So we now need to apply this principle to housewifing.


Clean your house everyday. Ideally from top to bottom, and here is the important bit – clean even when you think that your house is already clean. Clean your house as if your were expecting guests – think of the most fussiest person you know (perhaps your mother-in-law etc) and this person is about to visit today. What do you need to clean now? See your house through their eyes…

Cook. Cook what you need for today to fill your family’s bellies.

Do you need to cook from scratch every day? 

The most successful housewives are those who have mastered the art of batch cooking. Always cook more than you need and either eat the same meal over two days or freeze leftovers for another day. Both my mum and mother-in-law do this. This way you are never caught without food, esp to offer your guests. If you can bake once a month and freeze your goodies this will go a long way in helping you to feel on top of things. If you can’t fully prepare your meals in advance then you can at least half prepare them. I freeze cooked chick peas and beans, ready to add to any stews that I make.

Laundry. I tried only doing laundry at the weekend but it didn’t work. Laundry is now a daily chore for me. Keep on top of the laundry so it doesn’t get on top of you. As this is part of the 70% I would say iron only what you need to here.


Do not skip this section if you are serious about upping your game.

I have never known any Turkish Housewife to make a list, but if you are a novice such as myself then this could help you. I would use 30% of your time cleaning the unseen areas of your house.

  • Wardrobes
  • Bedroom cupboards
  • Kitchen cupboards
  • Fridge (I think some might add this to the 70% list)
  • Extra ironing – Turkish housewives iron EVERYTHING, sheets to table clothes to curtains
  • Wash curtains
  • Clean windows
  • Sort shelves/bookshelves
  • Wipe walls
  • Rid upholstery/carpets of any stains
  • Declutter

I’m sure there are more and I will update this list as more things come to mind or if I receive any more suggestions from you my readers, remember I am still leaning too!

And remember – do as I say and not as I do 🙂

Key Point – if you are ever torn between going out and having fun OR cleaning – choose having fun!!!!!!! A happy housewife if definitely more productive.

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