vrijdag 10 april 2015

A Day In The Life Of A Vintage Housewife

My 1960s housekeeping book gives the following example of a homemaker's daily routine:

7:00 the alarm goes on, 15 minutes for getting awake, getting up, morning exercises, waking up husband

7:30 (taking care of the fireplace), airing the room, waking up children, check their dressing up, making breakfast, one more time prodding husband (if in good mood bringing him a cup of tea), reminding him to pick up the bed and open the bedroom window

8. ~ breakfast, preparing lunch for husband and children to take with them

8.30
9.~ washing up and cleaning after breakfast, cleaning rooms, taking care of plants, a special daily task

9:30

10.~
10:30 drinking a cup of coffee, preparing a shopping list, placing orders by telephone
11.~

12.~shopping, making lunch, children home for lunch
12:30

1.~
1:30 drinking coffee with children, cleaning the table, washing up
2.~

2:30 beauty sleep

etc etc

Well, what do you think?
 Next time I´ll publish the examples of weekly and monthly activities.

4 opmerkingen:

  1. I would be interested to know the work done between beauty sleep and bed time! This was interesting!

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  2. It's a pity they omitted it, isn't it? But I can guess...15.30 the children come back from school, so giving them a cup of tea and talking, then dinner preparation and cleaning up after dinner, probably a bit of tidying up before going to bed at about midnight.

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  3. I love the sleeping in - what kids now, at least where I live could get by with getting up at 7:30 and be in time for school? Also - the frankness - "If in a good mood, bring him a cup of coffee". Whose mood? His or hers? I wish children COULD come home for lunch anymore. What a pity. And, beauty sleep. Who doesn't need that? Thanks for sharing this. Where did you find it?

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  4. Sharon, primary school children over here usually come home for lunch, AND the school starts at 9.00. The good mood was hers, it was evidently meant as a joke:)

    You are welcome, it's from a series of books meant for new wives which came out somewhere around 1960s. It's not copyrighted, btw,

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