Advice, housewifery, schedule

A Practical Routine From “The Queen of Her Home” (1907)

First, for the day’s routine: 1. Before leaving your room in the morning open the bed and the windows. 2. Light the kitchen fire; put the breakfast to cook, fill teakettle with water, and place on kitchen table the things needed to prepare breakfast. 3. Sweep the sitting room. 4. Set breakfast table, make coffee …

housekeeping, nature

Spring Cleaning Drudgery? Not this Year! 1926

Drudgery! It is an old-fashioned word that we rarely hear today, but a century ago, it was used a great deal to describe housework in general, and often Spring Cleaning. In 1926, a woman from Iowa wrote, “True, we have vacuums, dust mops, electric washing machines, and washable floor coverings…but there always will remain, to …

housewifery

A 1920s Bride Marries Her Own Prince Charming and a Simple Garden Wedding

More than 90 years ago, Alice Robinson from Ohio won first prize in a contest where she was asked to describe her “Prince Charming.”  “If you had asked me not too long ago, I would have said that he had to be tall and dark with wonderful brown eyes. But he has come and our …