Daily Schedule for the 50’s Housewife

The daily schedule of the typical middle-class suburban 1950’s housewife:

Throw back the covers

Open up the blinds and windows

Freshen up

Make and serve breakfast

Clean up breakfast

Complete a 10-minute exercise regime

Shower, do hair and makeup, get dressed

Gather a basket for tidying. As the rooms of the home are tackled, pick up items that aren’t where they belong and place them in a basket. Redistribute them where they should be as you enter a new room

Straighten up the living and dining room, including picking up potential clutter, light dusting, fluffing/straightening pillows, and watering plants or flowers

Make the beds

Tidy the bedroom, including 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 (if needed) and cleaning the sink and basin area including soap dishes

Review the menu for the current day and the next and compare it to what’s currently available in the home. Make note of anything that needs to be prepared ahead of time or marketing (shopping) that needs to get done

Begin long-advance preparations for dinner (such as making dessert)

Wipe down kitchen work surfaces and inside the fridge

Dispose of garbage

Rinse dish cloths and hang to dry

Sweep or mop the kitchen floor

Handle errands that might take you out of the home (such as marketing, volunteering, going to the post office, getting an item fixed, etc), bookkeeping, correspondence, or indulge in a hobby

If returning from the grocery store, wash vegetables, wrap them and put them away. Place rest of groceries or purchases in their proper place

Have a quick lunch

Start advance food conditioning like crisping vegetables or thawing frozen foods

Handle weekly chore for the day (more on that below)

Set the table for dinner

Arrange the living room for evening enjoyment (such as “the Mister’s” newspaper, book, and cigarettes)

Do a quick sweep of the floors and ensure entrance ways are clear

Prepare a special dish for dinner

Smiling housewife taking out roasted turkey from cooker and smiling

Freshen up before the husband returns from work. Consider changing into something more festive if the day dress is plain

Set out a tray with equipment for making cocktails, should “the Mister” want to serve drinks before dinner

Greet husband “gayly”

Serve dinner

Clear table and wash dishes

Pour boiling water down the sink to ensure pipes are flushed

If necessary, pack the husband’s lunch for the next day. Set aside a lunch tray in the refrigerator for yourself if having leftovers

Set table for breakfast

Ensure breakfast foods are available and do any make-ahead preparations for it

Enjoy an evening of relaxation

Also, each day there is a once-a-week chore to tackle, such as:

  • 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

And what if you have kids?

Almost the same, just with kids and their troubles, homeworks and tons of dirty clothes

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