Have you ever considered that the Proverbs 31 wife may not have a "Better Homes and Gardens" or "Martha Stewart" standard of housekeeping? Well, if you haven't, do; consider the fact that this woman is spinning, weaving, and dying cloth. Consider the fact that she's providing portions for her servants as well, and consider the implications.
You've got a kitchen that's well used; wheat in one corner, the kneading trough in another, grindstone in another, and places for oil (and olives), wine, and other necessaries. In another room, you've got wool and linen in one corner, washed wool and beaten linen in another, spindle and distaff with yarn in another, and half-finished weaving yet elsewhere. Talk about clutter in a home used for actual work! So if you've got a project or ten sitting out on the ping pong table, just tell your detractors that you're trying to be like the Proverbs 31 wife.
Consider also how this woman is treating those who work for her. No corner office autocrat barking orders at subordinates, but rather a woman leading by example. In other words, she doesn't do all this because she has servants, but rather she has servants because she does all this.
And yes, men ought to take note, too, and not just in the picking of one's wife and discipling of one's "spare rib," either.
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