The more things change, the more they stay the same! That seems to be at least partly true when it comes to our ideas about domesticity and housekeeping. Most people would say that they wouldn't want to live in the 1950s, with all the pressure to keep a perfect home, and rules for doing so. But some of the top-selling books and magazines in the 21st century are ones that push very similar standards. Consider, of course, domestic guru Martha Stewart and her lifestyle brand. Or the many women's magazines, like "O" and "Real Simple" which publish fairly time-consuming recipes for readers whom they say, in the next breath, have jam-packed lives and schedules.
It seems people have always cared about keeping a welcome, clean, and appealing home! People of both genders nowadays are interested in home care, and they love seeing who can recreate grandma's famous meatballs. What might have been considered relics of the past have become exciting and celebrated aspects of society! From balancing a checkbook to repairing home appliances, young people celebrate and discover the domesticity of the past everyday!
Hey, we're not bitter ... call us dryly amused! But it got us wondering just how much things really have changed since, say, 1953. So we went to the archives to dig up some of the lore and tips of 1950s home economics. We've written a quiz on them, so if you're curious about how you'd measure up to 1950s standards of housekeeping (or, tbh, a good many of today's), wonder no more!