Back in the day, homemakers did a lot more than the average homemaker today in my opinion. Not only wash there cooking, cleaning, laundry - but gardening, canning, stay at home mom, sewing and mending, quilting, often times loading firewood, ironing...….and on and on.
I know my Momma and Grandma's worked a lot harder than I ever have back in the 40's and 50's.
I had an outside job for ages, plus taking care of the household. But I do believe my ancestors worked physically harder than I ever thought I could. We all know that if you go back far enough in time - our pioneer ancestors worked their bums off. I can't even imagine.
I think given the present situation, many people are changing up their homemaking practices. I think that is good.
People are finally going back to using absolutely everything up! Not wasting
Gardening is hugely present on a lot of people's minds
People are eager to learn to sew
Trying new recipes and experimenting
Wanting to can
Learning new skills
Bartering and foraging is cool again
Meals with family sitting down together is back
Parents are getting reacquainted with their kids
People are learning to be more self sufficient and learning to stretch a dollar better
I know most of on here have been practicing many of these things for years - but a lot of younger folks are learning and asking questions. I LOVE IT! Let us all help teach!!!
**NOT my picture.
Boy, do I remember helping Mom with the laundry this way. We had the wringer washer and a big wash tub on the back porch and every Monday, we did the laundry. Hung them out on the line or in the house (when too cold outside). Everything was then ironed - and I mean everything!!!!!
Momma ALWAYS had on a dress - 7 days a week - and an apron.
I would love to have a wringer washer again today. It seemed the clothes just got so clean.
I do have a washer stand that holds 2 big tubs (it was grandma's) and I have wash tubs. I have a REAL washboard as well and a wringer that attaches to a table. I could do it the hard way!
My younger family members are asking questions and learning new things. I had a niece tell me the other day how she was really enjoying making her own sanitizer and face masks. She has learned to bake bread. She has always been a good cook (took after her Momma) but she is learning new stuff now that she is staying home and watching her money.
She managed to get a sewing machine and is loving sewing for her family and friends. Her statement to me was "who knew?" LOL - I laughed and just said "good for you kiddo".
Have another who asking all kinds of gardening questions and canning questions.
I just think this is so neat.
They are realizing that they need to be more self sufficient. They are leaning the money may not always be there like in the past. They are learning how to make do and use it up and wear it out!
Me in the late 50's in our family kitchen. Notice the open faced cabinets, the old stand mixer (well used) and we had a Formica table and chairs that matched (I remember yellow/gray). My oh my, would I love to go back and sit in the kitchen for a little while again!
We all need to take the time NOW to learn new things (we are never to old to learn) and get back to a simpler (not nec. easier) life. Hopefully everyone really pays attention and LEARNS from this - it seems that so many didn't learn from past economic downfalls.
Pray, meditate, learn, read, organize, build stock, clean and GROW as a person!
Don't give in to a pity party - get busy!!!!!!
Be prepared for whatever the future holds. You KNOW this will not be the last fiasco you will face in life.
Listen to your instincts. Most often they don't steer you wrong. If you feel the need to build up a better pantry - do it. If you feel the need to put back more money - do it. If you feel the need to keep more funds at home - do it. If you feel the need to stay away from certain people - do it.
Good or bad - your instincts guide you. Listen to them.
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
I know I want to be prepared for whatever comes my way in the future. I am sure you do to.
Please prepare for anything and teach those that want to learn.
Let us make this the SEASON OF GROWING AND LEARNING.