Vintage and Victorian Homemaking
The Vintage Way of Keeping Home
Finding an interest in the way of keeping home in time's past has helped me to be ever so thankful for the industrial age and the creation of the vacuum cleaner, refrigerator/freezer, electric stove/oven and oh good gracious the washing machine and dryer.
Although glamorized in the present the real everyday work of a Victorian era middle income housewife was hardly that of which one dreams.
We'll explore a few of the housekeeping areas women of the past had to deal with in this lens.
Things from Yesteryear We Can Apply Today
Women with few of today's conveniences had to find the best way to accomplish a household task. Here are some ideas we can still use today.
- Aprons: A museum exhibit has been made of these. Once looked upon with a bit of disdain or as only the tool of the domestic help aprons are now fashionable as well as functional.
- Systematizer: Kitchen Cabinets, the brand names Hooiser Cabinet or the Systematizer, these organizer's dream were created to ease the heavy load of the housewife in the kitchen. Housing her most used items, save the stove in one handy dandy, nifty cabinet set they are still hot item today.
You can find some lovelyHooiser Cabinets on eBay
A Homekeeping Schedule
One of the things most stressed for the woman of the past was to keep a regular homekeeping schedule. A schedule meant all things were done in a timely manner.
"FOR convenience as well as efficient work in housekeeping, a schedule of regular daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly processes should be made out. Time can then be well planned, and a routine established that simplifies the machinery of housekeeping. " ~ A Manual of Home-Making
"A very good order of work is :
Thursday, cleaning silver, preserving, etc.
Friday, sweeping, and window cleaning.
Saturday, thorough cleaning of kitchen closets,
cellar, etc., baking, etc.
Laundry day was formerly known as Blue Monday. The dreaded beginning of the week when it was time to wash the clothing of the past week. From boiling hot water, to caustic soaps and heavy buckets, it was no wonder that countless housewives farmed out this dreaded detail to establishments and individuals that would do such work.
Not only the amount of time and the many steps it took just to get a garment clean but also the complicated stain removal depending upon just what manner of cloth was being washed and the toil of hot water upon one's delicate hands.
Just reading through a Monday Washday => http://www.vintage-homemaking.info/2008/04/monday-...
Should be enough to make you run to your own washer and dryer and give them a big hug.
Vintage Tidbits on Amazon
These are great resources to satisfy your interest in Victorian and turn of the century life.