Secrets from the Homemakers

Guide to Successful Homemaking coverGood Housekeeping’s
Guide To Successful Homemaking

How about some modern housekeeping tips? This behemoth of a book would probably require a staff of hundreds to execute all the suggestions and “rules” contained. I was exhausted just reading some pages of tips. I would imagine that D-Day planning was less complicated. Of course it is outdated for obvious reasons, but I would buy a modern version of this in a heartbeat, if it was all short cuts and didn’t set the bar so high for a “good” home. This book reminds me of a Godey’s Lady’s Book for the “modern” age.

Ladies, I would take special notice of how to wear/buy a hat and bra. (I am now reviewing my own expectations of a bra and wondering if they could help my breasts move back to where they lived in 1978.)


Successful Homemaking points covered in this book

Successful homemaking - fabrics

Successful homemaking - foundation garments

Attractive and livable home

Home freezers

Successful homemaking - laundry


  1. I never have given any thought to whether my nose is an asset. (p. 212) I always just assumed that it is since I can breathe through it.

  2. You have to admire the bluntness they use to describe hat-wearers’ features: “coarse or blotchy”, “angular”, “irregular”.

  3. It’s good to know “The Dos and Don’ts about hats” if I ever need one. Since my nose is of “no asset” I will avoid center trimming, and to appear younger I will choose an eye veil. So many rules about hats, I rather go hat less.

  4. what is that pyramid thingy on top of the counter next to the stove?

  5. When it comes to hats, I go with Eleanor Roosevelt. “Can i sleep in it?”

  6. Let me get this straight…keep hand tools at the ready to secure your girdle. Do you hammer before or after it’s on? Do you ply it off later? Can I just let it all hang out instead?

  7. Actually, I think it’s a fruit bowl, and what you are seeing is the ‘ribs’ for the cover. Usually made of muslin or some kind of sheer fabric, they were intended to keep the flies off. My mother had a couple.
    Covers could be used for any kind of food that was left out, particularly in summer. Think a very small parasol without the handle, and you’ll have a picture of one.
    Either that or somebody is practising their ‘pyramid power’! Lol!

  8. As a dedicated hat wearer, I must say that I probably break almost every single one of these rules for wearing hats–except the one about not wearing the same style hat all the time). Figure–short and squat–go ahead and wear that hot pink cartwheel. Wearing glasses–go for the purple cloche (it stays on better in the wind).
    My rule of hat is find one that fits and makes you happy and wear it with a smile.

  9. What a relief to know there is somewhere to turn for information on the care of veils!

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