The New Domesticity: Vintage Life Hacks


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 present. The tea cloths boiling? Why, of course! The perfect way to kill bacteria! Since that serendipitous read, I have been boiling my dish cloths regularly. Thank you, Barbara Pym.

Such tricks are like vintage life hacks, those aces in the hole that give us a sense of simplicity and satisfaction. As we step into September, family life begins anew in many ways: a new season, new schools, and the many activities that accompany such changes. Let’s glean some old-fashioned advice in the areas of home and health, navigating our way toward a successful September.

To read more, pick up a copy of the September 2019 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

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Julianna Lawson and her husband, Jamie, make their home in Vancouver with their four children, ages 13 to 21.

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