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Division Of The Household Work (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

Vintage homemaking schedule from the 1800s

It is a perplexing task for young housekeepers to divide properly the weekly work of the household. Even when I start to write on the subject, many difficulties present themselves, as no two houses are conducted on exactly the same plan.

What would be the right thing for one home would be entirely impracticable in another. The woman who does her own work, or keeps but one servant, must, of course, plan her work quite differently from the woman who keeps two or more servants.

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About Furnishing The House (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

Vintage homemaker's home decor guide

In these days of lavish ornamentation and bric-à-brac, the young housekeeper must be on guard against filling her house with such furnishings as would make it stuffy and cause it to lack individuality. The home should be an index to the character of the family.

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A Word With The Young Housewife (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

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Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper was first published in 1893 and was an essential guide for any young wife learning how to cook, clean, and look after her home. Maria Parloa was a lecturer and expert on domestic science or home economics.

In fact, Parloa could arguably be called America’s first celebrity cook!

The text below, while vintage, is still useful for the modern homemaker. I’ve done as few edits as I could manage, but I still wanted to make the text more readable while preserving the information Parloa left us.

If you, like me, are interested in vintage homemaking and vintage recipes, you will find this information both entertaining and informative.

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