Keeping house in the 1930s
Instructions from the 1933 "New Standard Cookery Book" from the chapter: Household Management:
No matter who keeps house, the following rules should be ENFORCE, or the home will not be well run:
- A place for everything and everything in its place.
- A right time for everything and see that it is done at the right time.
- Meals should be punctually served, and everyone should be ready to ear either when the meal is served o when the gong is sounded.
- Early to bed and early to rise, for one hour in the morning is worth two at night.
- Orders should be given to servants at a fixed time every day.
Moving on 80 years and I still say the first one to my own children as my mother did to me. - everything in our house has a "home". I can't help but agree to point 4, when rising early so much can be done and by midday I am often surprised about the amount of chores I have completed. However on the dinners being punctually served - no, they come when they are ready (unlike my mother). No servants, however my sons sometimes thing they are the servants.
Here are some ways of saving time in the home, 1930's:
- Own a vacuum cleaner (couldn't agree more)
- Have a constant supply of hot water (how did women manage without this)
- Rustless knives - saves on cleaning
- Fireproof glass and china - as it lessens the washing up
- A machine which slices fruit (for marmalade), quicker than chopping by hand
- Pressure cooker for those meals needed in a moments notice (the 1930s version of the microwave)
"Every season sees the introduction of some new labour saver (nothing has changed has it). Most of them are good, such as the service wagon ... which is invaluable for carrying plates, dishes and food from the kitchen to dinning room, but you should study every labour saver very carefully before introducing it in to your home. For some labour savers are more trouble to keep clean than they are worth".
How true is that still. I have bought things that turn out to be useless or more work than they are worth and take up precious space in my kitchen cupboards. And don't we still hunt for things to save us time, (I do from time to time) rather than taking more time and slowing down. The world is in such a rush, perhaps our homes should be a sanctuary where it is quiet and calm and not in a hurry. Many of these new "gadgets" also reduce our cooking skills, so how many young women know how to cook without the microwave?