I finished reading "To Love, Honor and Vacuum", and as planned, I'm posting a brief review. First, let me say that Sheila did a good job with a book. It's a great, practical survival guide for any wife and mom who is trying to maintain her sanity while keeping the house livable. The book also deals with deeper matters, such as the attitudes behind housework and why women define so much by it.
Many portions of the book are dedicated to how to get children to actively participate in household chores, which of course better suits families a bit older than mine: 1-month-old Shira can only "help" me by taking a nice long nap, and my husband, realistically, has so little time off work that I use his help for more urgent matters (for example, holding the baby while I shower, so I won't feel guilty if she starts crying when I already have shampoo in my hair.)
The book is very well-organized, which makes it pleasant and easy to read. Each chapter is divided into smaller bits of well-definded ideas, which are presented in a clear and straightforward way.
Other important subjects covered are budgeting, promoting our spiritual well-being, and the ever-important issue of married love. There's also an appendix devoted to homeschooling families. I'm certain I will re-read this book as our family expands and we embark on new adventures in parenting.
I found it very helpful that at the end of each chapter, there's a short section encouraging the reader to think in-depth about what had just been discussed. This reminds me a bit of a school book, and I mean it in a good way.
I will be honest with you: the book is written from a thoroughly Christian perspective, so as an Orthodox Jew, I often found myself skipping paragraphs. Still, I think it contains a good bit of practical wisdom a busy wife and mother can benefit from.