Mom's Chores for Tuesday
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’.
Mom wouldn’t leave clothes on the clothesline overnight. She said people might come through the yard and steal nice clean jeans and trousers so if the clothes were still wet we would gather them up and hang them on the back porch. Then after breakfast and getting my brothers and sister off to school she would get out the old ironing board and set it up for the days’ chore – Ironing. Tuesdays were not as hectic as Mondays; besides, mom didn’t have to start cooking like on Mondays. Generally the half pot of brown beans lasted at least two days and usually we had a bowl left over for side dishes through the remained of the week.
ironing the clothes piece by piece for a family of six
Now it took the better part of the day to do the ironing. Remember, mothers tried to do a week’s washing on Mondays, sometimes two or three loads, and even if my brothers were able to wear the same jeans for three or four days it still took a clean shirt every day and a clean dress each day for Peggy and dad needed a dress shirt and tie each day. I didn’t start school until I was 6 years old; there wasn’t a kindergarten back then so I could wear the same clothes all week, but I usually had to change around mid-week. Then there were the towels and dish cloths and the bed sheets and pillow cases and everyone’s pajamas. It wasn’t an easy job ironing the clothes piece by piece for a family of six.
Did your mom have a certain day to wash and iron the clothes?
she might listen to the Chuck Wagon Gang on Gospel Radio
Generally if mom found her laundry too dry for ironing she would place a pan of water nearby and would dip her hand and sprinkle enough water to moisten the piece just enough for her satisfaction. Also if she found a tear or a button off she would lay that piece aside, because the next days’ chore was mending and if she stopped right then she said she would never get finished with the ironing. She always placed an empty basket nearby to catch the things that needed mending and as she ironed each piece she looked closely to see if any mending was needed. If not I would help her fold each piece after ironing and then proper placement in the right drawer depending on which person the piece belonged to. Again I state, this was before TV so that was never an excuse for interruption. Now after supper while mom was washing the dishes she might listen to the Chuck Wagon Gang on Gospel Radio. She said that kept her mind on what she was doing though.
she said she could tell the difference in the feel when she went to bed at night
With all the clothes she washed each week she needed a full day to iron them. If she had opportunity to start the light colors or the whites on Monday that was just that much she didn’t have to do on Tuesdays. Now mom would even iron the sheets because she said she could tell the difference in the feel when she went to bed at night. My mother was a meticulous lady and had her way about doing things
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