Thursday, September 6, 2012

Schedule for the 50's Housewife

I love the fifties. I also love scheduling and lists. I might be the only person I know who doesn't think the following schedule is insane. I will be attempting to follow it in my "Stepford Week"!

Daily Schedule for the 50's Housewife:
  1. Throw back the covers
  2. Open up the blinds and windows
  3. Freshen up
  4. Make and serve breakfast
  5. Clean up breakfast
  6. Complete a 10-minute exercise regime
  7. Shower, do hair and make-up, get dressed
  8. Gather a basket for tidying. As the rooms of the home are tackled, pick up items that aren’t where they belong and place them in a basket. Redistribute them where they should be as you enter a new room
  9. Straighten up the living and dining room, including picking up potential clutter, light dusting, fluffing / straightening pillows, and watering plants or flowers
  10. Make the beds
  11. Tidy the bedroom, including light dusting
  12. Hang up any clothes that may be about or ensure dirty ones are in the hamper
  13. Do a light tidy of the bathroom including removing and replacing used towels, refilling toilet paper and soap (if needed) and cleaning the sink and basin area including soap dishes
  14. Review the menu for the current day and the next and compare it to what’s currently available in the home. Make note of anything that needs to be prepared ahead of time or marketing (shopping) that needs to get done
  15. Begin long-advance preparations for dinner (such as making dessert)
  16. Wipe down kitchen work surfaces and inside the fridge
  17. Dispose of garbage
  18. Rinse dish cloths and hang to dry
  19. Sweep or mop the kitchen floor
  20. Handle errands that might take you out of the home (such as marketing, volunteering, going to the post office, getting an item fixed, etc), bookkeeping, correspondence, or indulge in a hobby
  21. If returning from the grocery store, wash vegetables, wrap them and put them away. Place rest of groceries or purchases in their proper place
  22. Have a quick lunch
  23. Start advance food conditioning like crisping vegetables or thawing frozen foods
  24. Handle weekly chore for the day (more on that below)
  25. Set the table for dinner
  26. Arrange the living room for evening enjoyment (such as “the Mister’s” newspaper, book, and cigarettes)
  27. Do a quick sweep of the floors and ensure entrance ways are clear
  28. Prepare a special dish for dinner
  29. Freshen up before the husband returns from work. Consider changing into something more festive if the day dress is plain
  30. Set out a tray with equipment for making cocktails, should “the Mister” want to serve drinks before dinner
  31. Greet husband “gayly”
  32. Serve dinner
  33. Clear table and wash dishes
  34. Pour boiling water down the sink to ensure pipes are flushed
  35. If necessary, pack the husband’s lunch for the next day. Set aside a lunch tray in the refrigerator for yourself if having leftovers
  36. Set table for breakfast
  37. Ensure breakfast foods are available and do any make-ahead preparations for it
  38. Enjoy an evening of relaxation

Also, each day there is a once-a-week chore to tackle, such as:
  • Use metal polish on bathroom fixtures
  • Clean and disinfect all kitchen appliances
  • Scald and disinfect bread boxes and garbage pails and bins
  • Replace flowers with fresh bouquets
In addition, laundry should be done at least twice a week (including bedding) and floors should be mopped / vacuumed on a similar schedule.

Can I do it?


  1. I love this schedule. Much more detailed than my usual one. I'm going to try this one

  2. Where did you find this schedule? It is awesome!

    1. I found it a long time ago on a google search and copy and pasted it to a folder on my computer before beginning this blog so I can't remember. Sorry! When I attempted it for Stepford Week, my house was cleaner, but it definitely took a few days to get into the groove with it!

    2. This schedule is very similar to the ones listed on

    3. I didn't see a schedule on her blog, but her goals definitely seem in line with what this schedule is trying to accomplish. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. At the bottom you should add:
    Sign up at Betty Ford Clinic.

  4. When I read "have a quick lunch" I almost died! All of that BEFORE lunch??!! I wish I could do this but my version is a little more simplistic. And people say being a housewife isn't work!

  5. We're moving in 2 days & starting a new routine. Thank you for posting this! I made sure to "bookmark". This will make life so much easier & tidier. A housewife IS a full time job! Thanks again!!!

  6. I actually do this, Fly Lady was my inspiration. I've been called a prisoner of my home and have been told a person can only clean so much. Of course, this came from someone who used to pay to have her house cleaned and chooses shopping and ready made meals first. A schedule like this is so easy. I love having my house clean and don't ever have to worry if someone shows up unexpectantly.

  7. I like this list, but it's missing quite a few things. I'll have to make myself a modified one that includes taking care of a baby. ie I spend a few hours a day nursing.


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