Friday 26 December 2014

Women secretly enjoy boring housework, says TV homes host Kirstie Allsopp

TAKEN TO TASK: TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp says tasks are therapeutic

By Alice Philipson

Published 06/01/2014 | 07:00

Kirstie Allsopp, with co-host Phil Spencer, was targeted for online abuse on Twitter by two schoolgirls

WOMEN secretly enjoy doing mundane household chores, according to TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp.

The Location, Location, Location host has revealed she likes ironing because she finds it “therapeutic”.

Allsopp said working mothers in particular find everyday tasks such as washing their children’s clothes and cleaning the house a way of staying “sane”.

She said: “I'm not doing the ironing because I have to, but if I get a chance, I find it immensely therapeutic.

“I'm absolutely convinced that those repetitive tasks that one does every day, organising and regularising one's home, and keeping it tidy, is enormously therapeutic.

“I know it is for me, and I have many, many working mum friends who feel the same.

“That to know that their child is going to school with clean hair, clean teeth, clean uniforms, and their house is clean is what keeps her sane.”

Allsopp, 42, has become the queen of domesticity in recent years with shows such as Kirstie's Homemade Home and Kirstie's Handmade Britain.

She has repeatedly criticised people who take umbrage at women who would rather look after the home than go out to work.

Last month, she said using the word housewife pejoratively is “rude” and unbefitting of anyone who claims to be a feminist, after a Guardian website reader wrote in the comments section beneath a recent interview with her: “I can’t believe you’ve given column space to this Tory housewife.”

Allsopp, a mother-of-two with two stepchildren, said she tried to do the school run at least two times a week so she could maintain contact with her boys’ school as well as work.

“The school run is not something I manage every day by any stretch of the imagination,” she told the Western Daily Press.

“But I try to make sure at least twice a week, because contact with the school as a working mum is very important.

“Being able to have the time to have a coffee with a friend, just having that human contact with another mum is also really important.”

Allsopp also spoke about juggling her fitness regime with the needs of her children.

“I have been known to do a couple of circles of the block in the middle of the night,” she admitted.

PLEASURES

She said she does not believe in denying herself pleasures such as good food and wine.

“I'm no saint, I will indulge in bread at restaurants or a bowl of ice cream,” Allsopp said.

“I am no puritan, I absolutely love having a drink. But I think that going prolonged periods of time without alcohol is a very good idea too.

“And if you're getting to the point as a working mum if you're looking at your watch and thinking can I have a glass of wine yet, then maybe stop for a week, stop for a month.”

Allsopp said she is “incredibly lucky” with her life.

“There's nothing I madly desire that I don't have,” she added.

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