I have made it a rule in my housekeeping arrangements to have a set place—nail, box, bag, nook, or closet—for everything, from a clothes-pole to a darning needle. I have made it a set rule, never to be departed from, to always to put a thing away in its exact place as soon as I have used it. No matter how hurried or fretted I am, back goes the nutmeg-grater, as by instinct, on its nail, the nutmeg in its box, the box on its shelf, just where it has stood for years, and will stand, I suppose, to the end of time with me. I have made it a set rule to wash the dishes, and all utensils used in cooking, as fast as I have done with them. That necessitates the constant presence of hot water, which is rarely missed from my range, consequently I don’t have a pile of dirty dishes about, and a heap of bowls, boxes, vials, and kettles to wash in a lump, as some housekeepers do that I wot of.—Mrs. Mary A Denison.
[Thomas’s Farmer's Almanac]
|An old nutmeg-grater|
It would appear from today's almanac excerpt that keeping a household clean and neat has always been a challenge. But I often think it is more of a challenge to keep a house these days than it was in 1883. We may have modern appliances to help with the work, but we also have a whole lot more stuff to keep track of and clean. Nevertheless, Mrs. Mary A. Denison's advice is downright practical and timeless.
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