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…

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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…

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In Love With Her Life, 1915

Here’s a day-in-the-life glimpse of a joyful homemaker. I hope she gives you a little inspiration as we start a new week! It is dusk. The children and I have just come in from the corral, where I milked seven cows. I am so in love with life that I find a day very short…

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