No this is not the 1950s housewife cleaning routine. This is recent history of homemaking before Pinterest! When women like you and I stayed home not long ago, but long ago enough for it to be kind of old fashioned in many ways compared to today. Here are 3 ways I was “vintage” homemaking just 15 years ago!
1) Magazines. We did not have feeds of endless images to scroll through. We had magazines and we had to purchase them! It’s easy to take for granted the plentiful free stream of inspiration online today but there was a time not long ago that we accessed pretty images in hard copies that we bought or subscribed to with cash money!
2) Books. We bought books from accomplished homemakers like Martha Stewart. We read and reread the same favorites. We learned how to fold fitted sheets, how to care for certain fabrics, and how to decorate from books! We also used these beautiful books to adorn our coffee tables.
3) Whistled while we worked. We did housework without podcasts or youtube. “Vintage” homemaking meant singing while you worked or talking with your little ones! We would put on music or listen to talk radio or play audio books that we checked out from the library or purchased! Sometimes we called a friend to chat on the phone while working. That is…..if she was home and available to talk!
We did not have a daily stream of new photos and videos giving us visual stimuli or access to products. So now that I do have that with the internet, I appreciate it. Some women see these images as discouraging but just remember there was a time not long ago we did not have the opportunity to even share with other real life ladies….we relied on strictly professional highly edited and richly supplied shoots in magazines and books that we had to purchase! It’s kind of nice having a real life homemaker showing me what she does! It’s kind of nice having free content! But it still doesn’t replace the books and magazines! But I appreciate it all.
Happy homemaking ladies!