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50s Housewife Cleaning Regimen Checklist

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I recently stumbled upon this blogger, Jen But Never Jenn, who attempted a 50s Housewife experiment, although she was neither living in the 50s nor just got married for money and/or security.

Part of Jen’s experiment was cleaning house, 50s Housewife style. In her post, The Keeping of the House, 1950s Style, she listed all the daily chores that needed to be completed.

While in theory, the list of tasks seem like great things to do, it seems like as a working woman, I would never be able to complete these things, even on a weekly basis. The 50s standards for a productive wife whose primary job was “homemaker” are quite vigorous, and while she only “exercised” 10 minutes daily, she certainly was doing a lot running around!

I imagine that having a clean home is important, and making sure your man never has to cook or wipe down a counter may create domestic bliss, but I don’t think I was made to be the stay home cooking and cleaning type. I do love to cook and having a clean house makes me happy like any other woman, but the compromises I make to have a dirty house, but financial independence and a social life seem to outweigh the benefits of being a 50s housewife. I wonder i it makes a difference that I am not married yet living with my boyfriend. But I can’t imagine my priorities of cleanliness changing, whether or not I had a ring on my finger.

One of the tips I would like to implement in daily activities. Since I don’t frequently end up doing the dishes, (thanks honey!) I might have to delegate this to the drain cleaner boyfriend: Pour boiling water down the sink to ensure pipes are flushed.

To read the rest of the checklist visit the blog at Jen But Never Jenn.

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15 Responses to “50s Housewife Cleaning Regimen Checklist”

  1. Christine Grimae - May 9th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Yeah! That idea was awesome for those woman out their..

  2. Judis Crochet - May 12th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Being a woman who had been home oriented as far as I could remember, I couldn’t comprehend how much 50′s housewife had been so busy just keeping their home as pleasant looking as it could possibly be.I know that housekeeping is one of the major task that a wife could do for her husband, however, no matter how much i try to think of it, and upon seeing the list of tasks that had to be done within a day, I guess it is impossible for me to be like them. I can keep my house clean, but i cannot spend my whole time, life and energy to the such tasks EVERYDAY!

  3. Molly - May 18th, 2012 at 6:23 am

    True, I’d rather go to work any day than stay home and clean.

  4. Peter Barker - May 21st, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I agree with Judis. It is almost impossible for women these days to spend that much of time cleaning, considering their busy life schedules. I cant even imagine my wife spending that much just to keep the house clean.

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  7. Cleaning Supplies - June 1st, 2012 at 5:23 am

    I’m a working woman, married with two children, and there’s no way I would be able to spend my time making sure that every single counter was wiped down and that my husband never had to do the dishes. The 50s were a different time. When you’re at home all the time, you haven’t much else to do other than buy cleaning supplies and groceries, cook, wash, polish and keep your house perfect. Heck, even the internet wasn’t a distraction at that point in time. But today, things are no longer like that. With both spouses working, people usually hire help to do the things that a 50s housewife used to do. And if you can’t afford help, you do what you can; and it’s far from what people would expect from a 50s housewife.

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  10. نقل أثاث - July 18th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    great post really

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    best advices keep it up

  12. شركة نظافة بالرياض - October 22nd, 2013 at 7:51 am

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  13. كشف تسربات المياه - February 2nd, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I agree with Judis. It is almost impossible for women these days to spend that much of time cleaning, considering their busy life schedules. I cant even imagine my wife spending that much just to keep the house clean.

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  15. Mrs. H - February 10th, 2014 at 4:20 am

    It is definitely, NOT impossible to do this. I am a wife and mother of 8 wonderful children ranging in age from 3 months to 14 years. I work outside my home 48+ hrs a week and yes I follow a 1950s cleaning schedule and have for the past 4 years. When you maintain your home to this standard everyday it becomes like second nature to keep it that way.

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