life after housework

A Housework Revolution

Is there life after housework?
A revolutionary approach that will free you from the drudgery of housework
Aslett
1981

I don’t think one can “improve” housework to the extent it can make the drudgery disappear. Taking a task and making it more efficient is a good idea and I am onboard with the concept. As a house cleaning slacker, I am usually disorganized and easily distracted. I just don’t think I can go through the house and get everything done. I think this book assumes you can get organized and not be distracted by other stuff or people.

superwoman cover

Be a SUPERWOMAN!

Superwoman
Conran
1979

This is a lighthearted housekeeping manual that has advice about saving money, fixing things around the house, and other household tips. There really isn’t any discussion on division of labor. It’s more about doing the same chores more efficiently. Evidently, all that extra time saved will allow you to pick up YET MORE WORK as an entrepreneur. My feeling is the author is the very definition of the superwoman.

Mary

greenhouse gardening book

Get yourself a greenhouse

Sunset
Greenhouse Gardening
Sunset
1987

Quite a few Sunset books have made an appearance here on ALB. (Pop Sunset into the search box for our site and see for yourself.) These books have been around forever. They are usually home and garden topics. The cookbooks from the 60s and 70s are something to behold.

For a library collection, I think these books have a place. They are recognizable and the titles are extremely helpful in describing the book. The actual quality varies from book to book. I think they are geared to the DIY crowd.

The first half of the book is about building a greenhouse. I actually liked some of the options. The second half is more gardening advice. Hydroponics and specialty plants like orchids, African violets, succulents, and cacti are discussed within the context of a greenhouse. Not bad.

colors at home

Color My Home

Your Colors At Home
Decorating with Your Seasonal Colors
Smith and Gilbert
1985

In the 1980s, having your colors done, was quite the thing. I remember quite a few books and tv talk show segments devoted to figuring out color schemes worked for your skin tones. People were either a Summer, Winter, Fall, or Spring. I remember trying to figure this out for myself and coming up with nothing. I still don’t really understand how this works.

secrets from the underground shopper

Consumer Help for the 1980s

Secrets From the Underground Shopper
Goldstein
1986

As of this writing, this helpful consumer tips book it is still in a small public library collection.The author goes through a long list of consumer items and gives a brief intro to the industry and then points out those “buyer beware” type of situations. I think everyone will appreciate the tips on buying a computer or using mail order to save money. Extra points if you remember the IBM and the IBM clones of this era.