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The New Domesticity: Vintage Life Hacks

The New Domesticity: Vintage Life Hacks

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.

Julianna Lawson and her husband, Jamie, make their home in Vancouver with their four children, ages 14 to 22.

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