Monday, February 8, 2010
Do you have a weekly housekeeping routine?? Are there certain things you do each day or just do it when you see it needs done. If you work I'd love to know how you balance the housework as a family, do you cook and your husband cleans up? How is the division of labor? Do the kids pitch in? I have been inspired by others addressing this topic on their blogs and truly I have seen a lot of winter cleaning and purging going on in others homes lately.
I have been doing some research into the past and have discovered some of the old ideals aren't such bad ideas. I'm sure you've heard the expression "if it works why change it" I find myself especially in the doldrums of winter wanting to spruce up my routine. A few years ago while wondering the same thing I wondered over to flylady.net. It's an amazing resource for both new homemakers and veteran ones. Recently, I discovered a few interesting blogs both of which look to vintage books about homemaking. If you have a chance check them out... I think they are both very interesting.
Destination 1940, My 50's year, 50's housewife
For example in the 40's you air your bedroom at least a few times a week. In the 50's you also had a day of the week devoted to sewing. What about an errand day? I usually have one day a week devoted to this but it's not always the same one each week. Not everyone can strive for all of these things but I think most of you out there are pretty creative. I read about everyone's great recipes, furniture or decorating redos and wonderful sewing creations. Sometimes I think we sell ourselves short and the women of the past were such great role models. For example my mom who was a true depression era 40's gal taught herself to sew and went from factory work to raising me in just a short period of time. Before then while she worked without the help of welfare or food stamps she budgeted, cooked meals and kept a neat house raising my four sisters. Whether or not we work outside the home I think something can be gained from a schedule and list making. These thing were something that people used to do all the time and not as much anymore as our modern life has made us so busy.
Have a great day!