Friday, April 10, 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

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


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

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

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

2:30 beauty sleep

etc etc

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


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

  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.

  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?

  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,