I have been thinking a lot lately of developing a cleaning routine or schedule for when I retire. I know some things will fall into a natural order once I begin to clean on a daily basis. In other words, I will have to see what chores work best on which days. Also, I’ve been remembering how my mother did her chores. Mom had chronic, severe asthma; she had to clean daily to keep down the dust to which she was allergic. So she would work a little while, rest a little while, and then work some more. I have watched some home cleaning videos online and most of the “experts” do the same…work for 15-20 minutes, rest, then work again. It seems my mother was an expert, a fact that does not surprise me. Of course, most women of my mother’s era were experts of homemaking including, but not limited to, cleaning. Most girls these days are not taught the art of homemaking (for it is an art), but they certainly need to be, in place of some of the useless blankety-blank stuff they are taught.
(Sidebar…Yes, I am in favor of traditional roles for men and women. It’s the way God formed us. The feminists think that means we believe men are better than women; we do not. Men have certain strengths, and women have other strengths–we compliment one another.)
And since the public schools no longer teach proper home economics (cooking from scratch, sewing, cleaning, manners, etc.) it is up to mothers and grandmothers everywhere to re-assume the reins of educating our young ones. Actually, all families schooled their own children before centralized education emerged. “Home schooling” was not a novelty, but standard practice. Don’t think for a minute that the school system has a vested interest in helping your young one to turn into a fine human being…most of them could care less. They’re only looking at the numbers, like big corporations do. Now, I am not saying everyone should yank their child out of school, indeed I am not. We all pay taxes to help keep those public schools open, so let your child learn as much as they can there. What I am saying is that you’re going to need to supplement the basic education little Susie gets from that public school with important lessons of your own. How to cook from scratch, how to hand-sew, how to build a fire, how to vacuum and mop, how to wash and iron clothes, etc., etc. These are important life skills everyone should know. Just my opinion and I could be wrong…but I don’t think I am.