housewifery

Managing without Planning–Bad for Business and your Home

I found out that trying to do too much without planning how best to accomplish it was like borrowing from a loan shark–it meant physical bankruptcy sooner or later. Nature may honor an overdraft for a time, but she extorts pay in the shape of wrecked health, discomfort to the family, and doctors’ bills. -Iowa …

garden

“A Garden Won’t Save You Money,” she said

I recently watched a YouTube video on frugal living. In the video, someone asked if gardening and canning were good money-saving options. The woman recommended that people have a garden only if they enjoyed maintaining one as a hobby, because it was one of the poorest strategies for saving money. I was surprised, to say …

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 …