An organized, welcoming, and peaceful home is a way of showing love to yourself and to others. Unfortunately, too many women never learned the basic skills in creating the kind of home they desire. The Art of Homemaking category focuses on tips and inspiration that will enable you to be effective and efficient in completing your tasks while creating your organized, welcoming, and peaceful home.

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How to Make Housework a Meditation on Love

How to Make Housework a Meditation on Love

Dear Friends, My house is a mess and the pantry is bare. I haven't even put my clothes away since ...
Would you leave your career to chance? Of course not! The same kind of planning you use for your career should be used for your home management. Are You Leaving Your Home Management to Chance ModernRetroWoman.com Blog Image

Are You Leaving Your Home Management to Chance?

Planning is not cooking but it is management. Mother gets her day's work done because she has learned to plan ...
Starch is Our Secret Weapon

Starch is Our Secret Weapon

Starchy foods on our lips goes straight to the hips but that same starch is actually our secret weapon when ...
Ode to Shelf Paper

Ode to Shelf Paper

Am I the only one using shelf paper to line shelves and drawers nowadays? I went to three different general ...
Why I Gave Up Tide Detergent (And All of the Others, Too)

Why I Gave Up Tide Detergent (And All of the Others, Too)

I'm pretty sure I gasped quite loudly. Certainly, the lady standing near me in the laundry aisle turned and looked ...
Dual Career Homemakers

Dual Career Homemakers

Dear Friends, A huge number of our modern retro homemaking sisters (including myself) have dual careers. Contrary to popular belief ...
Donna Reed As Patron Saint of Homemakers

Donna Reed As Patron Saint of Homemakers

When you handle yourself, use your head; when you handle others, use your heart. ~ Donna Reed Dear Friends, My ...
Homekeeping Routines Are a Lifesaver on Low Physical Energy Days

Homekeeping Routines Are a Lifesaver on Low Physical Energy Days

Dear Friends, That was a long title, I know. But I'm having a "low energy" day and that is the ...
How to Eliminate the Need for Spring Cleaning

How to Eliminate the Need for Spring Cleaning

Semiannually: have household appliances checked and reconditioned where necessary. Wash mattress covers. Clean draperies. ~Housewife's Handbook, 1953 Dear Friends, The ...
A Place For Everything--Everything In It's Place

A Place For Everything–Everything In It’s Place

Order is...essential in our homes, if, instead of chaos, we want a neat, smoothly functioning home and peace of mind ...
What Is Your Mission?

What Is Your Mission?

Housekeeping is a real job--a job that needs to be planned carefully if one would avoid becoming a slave to ...
Do Today's Work Today

Do Today’s Work Today

An ideal homemaker is consistent in applying the best skills and methods she knows. She has a built-in self-starter. ~Daryl ...
It's The Details, Stupid

It’s The Details, Stupid

It's the economy, stupid. ~James Carville I'm not sure when it struck me full force. But sometime over the weekend ...
A Good Carpenter is Known by His Tools

A Good Carpenter is Known by His Tools

My grandfather was a set builder, mostly for MGM, during the "Golden Age of Hollywood." His garage was filled with ...
Do the Hardest Thing First

Do the Hardest Thing First

I spent the majority of my undergraduate college years living at home. One day, I was talking to my grandfather ...
Laundry Lesson

Laundry Lesson

As I'm reading about cotton for my textiles class, I come across this paragraph: Care: ...Use of chlorine bleach is ...
Interesting Contrast: B H & Gardens Peach Pie

Interesting Contrast: B H & Gardens Peach Pie

I was able to buy a couple pounds of peach "seconds" at the farmers' market the other day for dirt ...
They Notice What We Do

They Notice What We Do

The Mister doesn't overtly tell me that he appreciates what I do to create a nice home. Back when I ...
Ode to Ironing

Ode to Ironing

Last weekend was a frustrating one for My Honey and me. I won't go into too many details but let's ...
Early 50's Daily Cleaning Routine

Early 50’s Daily Cleaning Routine

My goal is to have my home be "grandma clean." I try to accomplish this by channeling my grandmother (and ...
Save Money on Gas! Use Solar Energy!

Save Money on Gas! Use Solar Energy!

I received my gas bill yesterday. While it didn't make me cringe like it did during the winter months when ...