The New Domesticity

The New Domesticity: Vintage Life Hacks

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In Print, Well-being

They were only three little words written at the end of a paragraph, but they immediately influenced my housekeeping routine. I was immersed in a 1950s Barbara Pym novel. Mildred Lathbury, ready to tackle a messy kitchen, grimly noticed that “the plate rack needed scrubbing and the tea cloths boiling.” I was jolted to the… Read More

The New Domesticity: Raising Old-Fashioned Families 

We gathered around the table with a common goal: make it to Oregon. But would all six of us survive? It seemed doubtful. Embarking on our journey, we were optimistic, determined, hopeful. But as the dusty trail behind us grew, so did our doubts. The oxen were thirsty. Dysentery threatened. The wagon tongue broke. (Again.)… Read More