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 …

First Things First, a 1928 Schedule

A Housewife Writes focuses on several recurring themes common to women everywhere.  One of them is managing time. It’s interesting to read about different approaches, because what works for one doesn’t help another one.  So from time to time, we’ll present different women’s strategies. You’d never think that women a hundred years ago would have …

How I Plan out My Weekly Work

It’s been a tradition among housewives to keep a general work schedule for the home. Chances are good that you’ve read about the classic housekeeping schedule that went like this: Monday-washing (laundry) Tuesday-ironing Wednesday-mending Thursday-marketing/churning/brewing Friday-cleaning Saturday-baking Sunday-rest It’s incredible to think of how many women used that same basic housework schedule for centuries, even …