OK, first of all, I am not a housewife in the usual meaning of the word. I have a full-time job outside the house. But I am indeed a housewife in the sense that I believe in cultivating a home, caring for my house, cooking and cleaning and making it a comfortable place to be.
Home is where the heart is and the heart lives in the home. I truly believe that to create a good home you need to work at it. And lovingly. So often, housekeeping is a bunch of random chores that are boring. But if as you hold each glass as you wash it and put love into the action and think about the person in your family that will use the glass, the experience is uplifted. The Opus Dei folks understand this. It is your service of devotion to God through the works you perform for your family. Here are some books that I recommend on housekeeping:
A Well-kept Home: Household Traditions and Simple Secrets from a French Grandmother – this book is a beautiful coffee table book and althouh there are tips, I see this as more of an inspirational book to get you started in the practice of lovingly keeping a home.
Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home – Leave it to Martha to give you great tips on cleaning and organizing.
I also recommend the Real Simple website. There is an extensive section on Home and Organizing.