Mother's Chores for Thursday
Remembrances of my childhood...
Life is certainly easier today than it was; say just 50 - 60 years ago. To help with the many chores around the house, mothers and home makers would organize the essential tasks according to the days of the week, thereby always staying abreast of the dreaded phrase, ‘what’s next’.
Let’s see now, we’ve washed the clothes, ironed and put away everything, also made all the necessary repairs—so, It must be Thursday, the day we cleaned the house. Mom always started up high around the light fixtures and the borders and worked her way down to the floor. She would begin in the living room (I don’t know why this room needed cleaning, no one was allowed in the living room unless we had company or during Christmas time each year), This was the only room in the house with painted walls, all the rest had wall paper or in the case of the kitchen- paneling. She would dust all the walls, around the windows and if the curtains needed changing she would take down the curtains down but wouldn’t replace with fresh ones until the whole house had been cleaned on the inside. Taking the curtains down also let in more light so she could find all the dust and spider webs that had built up since the week before.
She moved from room to room...
“Not quite yet,” she would say as I started the vacuum or started sweeping the dust up in piles. She had gathered all the small pictures and ‘what knots’ from the top of the old piano into her apron and was sitting on the edge of the couch and was dusting them off individually. If she thought they were too dirty to just dust off she would take them to the kitchen and place them in the sink to soak for a while. She moved from room to room dusting the walls and taking down the curtains. Then when room she was satisfied that the walls were clean enough in each room, she would strip the beds of their linen picking up anything else that she thought might need a good washing that week. Then the head and foot boards as well as the top of the mattress was dusted and if needed turned over. After we had gone through the entire house mom was ready to vacuum up the dust and or mop depending on the floor surface.
Did you help your mom with house cleaning?
I don’t guess it mattered so much for us boys
Sometimes the house cleaning took the better part of two days Thursday and Friday but that’s just the way mom scheduled her work for the week. As the homemaker she knew just what she had to do and how long it would take plus how much time was left to get everything completed for that week. But she would always get the dirt and dust up that day. She might not put the fresh curtains up immediately because she might have to wash the ones for that room if they happened to be the only curtains she had for that window. Occasionally she have to cover a particular window with an old sheet so no one passing by could look in on her or Peggy, I don’t guess it mattered so much for us boys.
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