Wanted to share this cute little personal essay in the NYT, written by a wife who used to be a slob, got married, and learned to change her ways :) As a recovering slob myself...I really empathized!
Here's the ending quote from it:
"Me, I’m a recovering slob. Every day I have to remind myself to put the moisturizer back in the medicine cabinet, the cereal back in the cupboard and the trash out before the can overflows. I have to remind myself to hang my coat in the closet. And when I accomplish all of this, I really do feel like a magician. Because now, when my husband comes home, the first thing he sees is me."
[the last line is a reference to her husband asking her to clean the dining room table, which is the first thing he sees when he comes home]
I haven't read it, but the author has a book of short stories called "American Housewife" and seems like a really cool lady! She is, btw, actually a housewife (no kids). I found a fun interview with her in Vogue that also had these two very fun quotes:
“I like saying housewife because it stops people from talking to me too much. I like to just watch and play. It lets someone make their own judgment. Based on how you judge me, it lets me judge you. I want you to underestimate me, always.”
"I found out I was pretty good at it. I like to be home alone. I like to clean my apartment. I like decorating. I like cooking. Everything that I Love Lucy liked, I like.”
In addition to being a published author twice over, Mrs. Ellis is also a professional poker player! A very cool lady, all in all.