Mid-Century May Baby Step 7: How to Wash Dishes by Hand

In most homes, you only have to wash dishes from a proper dinner for 10 at Thanksgiving. I have to do it every single day. Believe me, I have learned the shortcuts for how to wash dishes by hand! Since I like a properly set table, I have serving dishes and pots and pans to …

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Mid-Century May Baby Step 6: Vintage Baby Layette

One of the defining features of being a mid-century housewife was babies. You married, expecting to have babies. And when they came along, you raised them right. So what kind of clothes and furniture did the proper ’50s housewife have for her baby? What was in the vintage baby layette? Things to Have Ready For …

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Mid-Century May Baby Step 5: Vintage Capsule Wardrobe

I see a lot of people who wonder how to build a vintage capsule wardrobe. Here, I am showing how to design a ’50s housewife capsule wardrobe. This is going to be a slightly different capsule than, say, a 50s college girl would have had. But it does show what was considered an adequate basic …

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Mid-Century May Baby Step 4: Plan Your Housework

A schedule is the best way to manage your housework. Housework is, after all, a real job, and needs good management, or you’ll end up a workaholic housewife. If you want to plan your housework, you need to make a schedule, especially if you are caring for young children or an elderly parent. Some housewives …

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Mid-Century May Baby Step 3: Meal Planning, ’50s Style

The best thing about reading old homemaking books is how every home economist thought that her area of specialty was the most important factor in living the best homemaking life. Meal planning, ’50s style took its responsibility for the health and satisfaction of the family very seriously. If you weren’t taking the long view of …

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