The book I ran across immediately made me giggle. It’s titled How to Keep House, A Happy Guide to an Efficient Household by Mary Davis Gillies, published in 1949. I took this book from the shelf and as I glanced through the chapter headings, this one caught my eye: “How to Wash Clothes”. Wow, I wasn’t the only person that didn’t know how to wash clothes when I left home! Cool! So I flipped to that section of the book and boy what an eye opener THAT was!
There are four areas of discussion in Section Four – About the Laundry. Holy cow, I must be doing something wrong! How many steps have I missed, Mary? Hold on, Effie, we’ve hit a roadblock, I need to pop a squat and see what I'm doing wrong.
The first area of discussion is “How To Plan A Laundry”.
But no….Mary has advised us of the list of items needed for an efficient and well run laundry process. Let’s begin by seeing what is advised for a basic vs. an ideal laundry, shall we?
A Basic Laundry
A wringer washer (Counting on my spin cycle to cover this.)
Shelf Over Tub
Thermostatically controlled iron
Metal-frame ironing board with pad and cover
A stool for ironing
An Ideal Laundry
Single porcelain tub (Can I count the one in the bathroom? It’s not very convenient, though.)
Ironer-flat plate or roller type
Wall cabinet over sorting table for stain removal kit
Chair for ironer
Two-quart saucepan for making starch
Nest of bowls for stain removal and cold starch
Measuring cup for soap
Lang-handled spoon for stirring starch
Glass rods for stain removal
Glass dropper for stain removal
Clothes stick for handling hot clothes
Plunger for hand washing
Clothes basket protectors
Plastic or rubber sheeting for sprinkled clothes
Sprinkler top for bottle
Small drying rack for ironed garments
Large drying rack or indoor line
Water softener (in hard water areas)
Bluing liquid and soap
Looks like Mary's loaded for bear. And I finally realized why my own mother never had a job outside of the home.....she was busy doing LAUNDRY!
Now let us compare Mary's list to that of Marnie:
An Idea Laundry:
House Hunting Hump-Day.
As it's Wednesday and I've started a "tradition" of looking for Marnie's perfect house, I couldn't let you down by not including a little cottage or two for our viewing pleasure.
Okay, okay, okay, but this one was built in 1216 and I PROMISE it's the last one!