A phrase we keep hearing these days is that we need to live like our Grandparents if we think we can save the planet. As a result I’ve been doing a little digging and found there is a whole subsection of the internet based on lifestyles of the 50’s!
Want to clean like your grandmother did? Try this 1950’s cleaning schedule. Your home will be spotless but you will be a bit exhausted!
Having a clean and well put together home was very important in the 1950s. And they spent a lot more time cleaning than we do now.
“Cleanliness was a mark of respectability. Sitting down was only acceptable in the evening.” – Dr. Liz Yardley, a lecturer in sociology at Birmingham City University.
Women in the 50’s spent a lot of hours on their feet every day, cleaning and doing other housework. Trying out a 1950’s cleaning routine can help you get your house in amazing shape and burn a few extra calories. You may not want to do all of these things every day but try adding some of these to your daily cleaning schedule and see what you think.
I’ll also give you a few 1950s cleaning hacks that helped these housewives clean more efficiently even with fewer gadgets than we have today.
1950’s Daily Cleaning Schedule
- Throwback the covers and let your bed air out.
- Open up the blinds and windows.
- After breakfast clean up the kitchen and eating area.
- Gather a basket for tidying. As you tidy the home, pick up items that don’t belong in that room and add them to your basket. When you enter a new room place the items from the basket that belong in that room where they go.
- Straighten up the living areas, pick up clutter, lightly dust, straighten pillows, and water plants.
- Make the beds.
- Tidy the bedroom, including a light dusting.
- Hang up any clothes that may be about or ensure dirty ones are in the hamper.
- Do a light tidy of the bathroom including removing and replacing used towels, refilling toilet paper and soap (as needed) and cleaning the sink area including soap dishes.
- Wipe down kitchen work surfaces and inside the fridge and discard any old food.
- Dispose of garbage from around the home.
- Rinse dishcloths and hang to dry.
- Sweep or mop the kitchen floor.
- Handle weekly chores that need to be done that day. (see examples below)
- Set the table for dinner.
- Arrange the living room for evening enjoyment with the family.
- Do a quick sweep of the floors and ensure entrance ways are clear.
- Clean up the eating areas after dinner and ensure all dishes are washed.
- Set the table for breakfast.
Once a Week Chores
- Use metal polish on bathroom fixtures.
- Clean and disinfect all kitchen appliances.
- Scald and disinfect bread boxes and garbage pails and bins.
- Replace flowers with fresh bouquets.
- Laundry (including bedding).
- Vacuuming and mopping.