When you think of a traditional housewife or an old-fashioned homemaker, you are probably thinking of a woman that stays home with the kids. She cooks delicious, homemade food every day, and cleans her house on a schedule that always leaves it looking comfortable and fresh. She might even homeschool her children and volunteer at her church.
Chances are, you probably don’t think she’s an entrepreneur. To most people, the housewife stays home, while the husband goes to work. That’s obviously the traditional way of being a homemaker, in our minds.
But what if I told you that just isn’t true? What if I could prove to you that homemakers and good wives have always had entrepreneurial spirits, and have done more than spent money… they’ve made money?
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One may buy food with good judgment, and yet fail to be an economical provider because she does not take proper care of it. Perfect cleanliness is essential for the best preservation of food. The cellar, pantries, storerooms, refrigerators, and all the receptacles in which food is kept, should be frequently inspected and thoroughly cleaned.
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One’s dining-room should be large enough to enable a person to pass food around the table comfortably when the family or guests are all seated. It should also be light and sunny, and easily heated and ventilated.
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On washing day arrange the white clothes in this manner: Half fill two tubs with warm suds. Put in one tub the pieces soiled the most; put the remainder of the articles in the second tub. Have a third tub half full of warm water and the wash boiler half full of cold water.
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Proper Management of Fires.
ONE of the first things a young housekeeper must master is the science of managing fires. Now, a coal fire is like some people: it will stand a certain amount of nagging, pressure, and neglect, but it will make you suffer in some way for all your abuse. On the other hand, with uniformly fair treatment, it will repay a hundred-fold in comfort.
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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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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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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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I love “clean with me” style YouTube videos because they pump me up to get cleaning. Sometimes they even help me to remember what I need to clean that I’ve neglected for a while!
These videos also have the benefit of showing us that even the most put together lifestyle vlogger has to clean up a messy home now and then.
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