House Cleaning of the 1950’s
Housecleaning is an age-old task that has evolved immensely in the past 60 years or so. Basic housekeeping is traditionally the role of a woman (sometimes I wonder if the times have really changed). In fact, the key indicator of a good housewife all these years ago was a woman’s ability to cook and clean. Through some online research, here is a brief schedule of the housecleaning schedule in this era:
A 50′s Housewife Weekly Chore List:
Monday: Deep cleaning kitchen, living room, and dining room. The appliances thoroughly cleaned. Windows washed in all rooms & floors were scrubbed until virtually spotless.
Tuesday: Deep clean bedrooms and bathrooms. Sheets washed TWICE a week. Floors in the bedrooms vacuumed, windows cleaned. Bathroom scrubbed and disinfected from top to bottom
Wednesday: Errand Day! Go to the butcher, the green grocer and the post office.
Thursday: Wash clothes. Remember not all women had automated laundry machines.
Friday: The day after laundry day. Always dedicated to ironing. She ironed EVERYTHING. Table linens and sheets were also ironed. This was an all day chore.
Saturday: Saturdays were for finishing up any loose ends from the week before and doing any preparations for your big Sunday dinner.
Sunday: Usually this was a day of rest. The only tasks for the day would be a shorter version of the every day chore list and to cook Sunday dinner.
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It is incredible the amount of house work these super women could accomplish in one day, the even more impressive aspect is the fact that these women also most likely walked to and from their children’s school to pick them up (as most families had one car). Plus dressing nice and ensuring you look top notch by the time your husband gets home, it almost sounds like a fairy tale. Can you imagine?