A Vintage Homemaking Schedule


This was originally on my former website Vintage Homemaking.

(take with a grain of salt and do try to remember she did not have the internet, television, or mommy play groups)

  • Rise 6:30 o’clock.
  • Breakfast 7 o’clock.
  • Dress little boy; scrape and carry dishes to kitchen; air beds. Baby’s bath,
  • 7:30 A. M.; the baby naps from 9 to 10 A. M
  • Wash dishes, plan meals, cook and prepare for dinner, 9 to 10 A.M. (Little boy plays on porch or in room.
  • Make beds, sweep, dust, 10 to 11 A. m., while the baby is awake.
  • Prepare for luncheon, sew half an hour while playing with the children, 11 to 12.
  • Lunch with both children at noon.
  • Leave luncheon dishes unwashed, so as to nap an hour at once with children, uninterrupted.
  • Dress self and children at 2 P.m.; go for walk, market, or make a call.
  • Home again, 5 P.m.; give children supper, start own supper.
  • Give children bath, put them to bed at six O’clock.
  • Have own supper alone with father, 6:30 P. m.
  • Wash dishes, and while doing so prepare cereal, fruit, and the baby’s gruel for the “fireless cooker.”
  • Finish about 7: 30 P.m

This schedule from  Christine Frederick’s book gives you a good idea of how a Vintage housewife from the Edwardian Era spent her day.

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