Some may wonder why I am posting a homemakers day but I think there are some lessons to be learned. I read the list and noted how organization was key. The homemaker was organizing present day but also thinking of tomorrow. Exercise was a daily to-do. Cleanliness was a must. These things are all important in our lives today but also very important if there ever is a crisis/collapse. If medical services are ever stopped then germs will be the enemy and one must have habits, cleanliness and the know how to combat. I also think the evening meal is essential. In today’s world as with the past, it brings people together which is a time for the members of the household to discuss events, thoughts and plans, which will also be very important if SHTF. As one homemaker said- Housekeeping Schedule - Time-Warp Wife Daily Schedule for the 50's Housewife: Throw back the covers Open up the blinds and windows Freshen up Make and serve breakfast Clean up breakfast Complete a 10-minute exercise regime Shower, do hair and make-up, get dressed Gather a basket for tidying. As the rooms of the home are tackled, pick up items that aren’t where they belong and place them in a basket. Redistribute them where they should be as you enter a new room Straighten up the living and dining room, including picking up potential clutter, light dusting, fluffing / straightening pillows, and watering plants or flowers Make the beds Tidy the bedroom, including light dusting Hang up any clothes that may be about or ensure dirty ones are in the hamper Do a light tidy of the bathroom including removing and replacing used towels, refilling toilet paper and soap (if needed) and cleaning the sink and basin area including soap dishes Review the menu for the current day and the next and compare it to what’s currently available in the home. Make note of anything that needs to be prepared ahead of time or marketing (shopping) that needs to get done Begin long-advance preparations for dinner (such as making dessert) Wipe down kitchen work surfaces and inside the fridge Dispose of garbage Rinse dish cloths and hang to dry Sweep or mop the kitchen floor Handle errands that might take you out of the home (such as marketing, volunteering, going to the post office, getting an item fixed, etc), bookkeeping, correspondence, or indulge in a hobby If returning from the grocery store, wash vegetables, wrap them and put them away. Place rest of groceries or purchases in their proper place Have a quick lunch Start advance food conditioning like crisping vegetables or thawing frozen foods Handle weekly chore for the day (more on that below) Set the table for dinner Arrange the living room for evening enjoyment (such as “the Mister’s” newspaper, book, and cigarettes) Do a quick sweep of the floors and ensure entrance ways are clear Prepare a special dish for dinner Freshen up before the husband returns from work. Consider changing into something more festive if the day dress is plain Set out a tray with equipment for making cocktails, should “the Mister” want to serve drinks before dinner Greet husband “gayly” Serve dinner Clear table and wash dishes Pour boiling water down the sink to ensure pipes are flushed If necessary, pack the husband’s lunch for the next day. Set aside a lunch tray in the refrigerator for yourself if having leftovers Set table for breakfast Ensure breakfast foods are available and do any make-ahead preparations for it Enjoy an evening of relaxation Also, each day there is a once-a-week chore to tackle, such as: Use metal polish on bathroom fixtures Clean and disinfect all kitchen appliances Scald and disinfect bread boxes and garbage pails and bins Replace flowers with fresh bouquets In addition, laundry should be done at least twice a week (including bedding) and floors should be mopped / vacuumed on a similar schedule. Stepford Sisters: Schedule for the 50's Housewife Some of the things listed, I consider distasteful but all in all it is a good glimpse at a time lost. It certainly gives me new respect for the old-fashion homemaker. My Grandmothers always looked so nicely dressed and ran very well maintained homes. With the increase of modern conveniences we lose some of the goodness and healthy old fashion ways- Here are just a few reasons that line-drying is good: We save money on hydro The sun kills germs and therefore the clothes smell so much better Dryers are more apt to shrink your clothing The sun doesn’t cause static cling Hanging clothes is good old-fashioned exercise I have to throw this in because some of the old fashion practices were not so good. Airing of the baby is one that needed to be done away with. Yes, children need fresh air but baby cages were a scary idea. vintage everyday: Incredible Pictures of Baby Cages Hanging Outside London Apartment Windows in the 1930s My Grandma had the house under control and now that I think back, my Grandpa was very clean and organized with his garage. I now can see that this was a result of the typical 1950's household.