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Just Call Me Bertha Stewart

ironing a tablecloth? Bertha wouldn't do that.

Never heard of Bertha Stewart? She’s Martha’s second cousin twice-removed. She inherited the domestic guru’s love of organized spaces, good food and homey comforts, but lacks the drive for perfection, skill, time, and let’s face it – money – her famous cousin possesses.

Okay, so Bertha’s not real (to my knowledge, anyway.) But she’s a symbol for all of us who embrace “good enough” domestic engineering. I put time into my home because I value a cozy, warm haven for my family, not because I want to impress the neighbors with my ironed table linens. And while I love reading magazines like Living for ideas and inspiration, in the end I have to assimilate the ideas that work for me and get over the fact that I will probably never fold a fitted sheet properly.

I thought it might be fun for us to list the ways we’re a little bit Martha – but a lot more Bertha. I’ll go first:

  • I make my bed every day...
    but I never tuck in the sheets.
  • I have plenty of flatware on hand for guests…
    but half of it doesn’t match.
  • I own a lemon zester…
    but often can’t find it. Or a lemon.
  • I do an impressive job keeping up with a mountain of laundry...
    but I don’t remember the last time I ironed…anything.
  • We have a space set aside for overnight guests…
    if they don’t mind sharing a bed with our two-year-old daughter.
  • I clean my range every day…
    but please don’t look inside the oven.

Your turn! How are you more like “Bertha” than Martha?

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