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The Art of Homemaking Hardcover – 1964

4.3 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Company (1964)
  • ASIN: B0032VMPSO
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,968,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I found this book in the thrift store and bought it only because I wondered 'how can cleaning house be called 'art'?' I have since read this book five times in the past six years. The book begins by describing the ideal homemaker, and then devotes a chapter to each facet mentioned (which makes up the ideal homemaker).
The author talks a lot on what to clean, how, why, and how often, but this isn't the only thing discussed. I appreciated the sections about how most of us aren't 'ideal' and what we can do to become closer to this ideal. There are chapters about family cooperation with housework (I especially loved the chapter on husbands), and what we should do with our time once the housework is finished. Housework is not the main object of a stay-at-home mother's life.
What I appreciated the most about this book was the fact it was written a few decades ago, before feminism became popular. I am only 26, so I don't really know what it was like to have mothers stay at home as the norm. This book has a calming and enlightening effect on WHY it is important to be at home with the children.
I have lent this book to many of my friends throughout the years and all have loved it. It is quick reading, full of ideas, inspirational thoughts, and humorous pictures (cleaning the house in a dress and heals, and loafing on the couch in a bathrobe surrounded by chocolates, apple cores, and papers, just to name a few).
I recommend this book to all housekeepers, whether they're newly weds or nearly deads.
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I LOVE this book! For any of you Flybabies out there, this book is like the grandmother to Marla Cilley's book "Sink Reflections." If you like Flylady, you will like this book, and vice versa! You do have to take it with a grain of salt these days, understanding the time period in which it was written, etc. Daryl Hoole's ideas of the roles of men and women are definitely straight out of the 1950's, so there are lots of times when I have to just roll my eyes and chuckle at her advice. Some women might be downright offended at some of Hoole's opinions - but remember, they're just opinions, and we CAN disagree and still come away with helpful ideas!

That said, there is also something utterly charming and comforting about this book to me... maybe I'm just an "old soul," even though I'm 29! Sometimes I feel that with our modern, hectic lifestyle, everyone ends up rushing around and we begin to rely on "instant this" and "instant that." Perhaps we have lost something good and solid and true as we move farther and farther away from that era. I love her practical ideas for organization, and I also love the idea that as homemakers, our attitude and appearance can make a world of difference in our daily tasks.

Let me also say that I do work outside the home full time, and this book still helps me! Daryl Hoole not only gives tips for how to clean, but also emphasizes time management, creativity, and fun ways to bring the family on board (invaluable to the working woman). The illustrations in this book are absolutely wonderful and always bring a smile to my face (the cute little homemaker looks so perky and cheerful, even while she's mopping the floor in her heels). It inspires me to "get off my Franny" as Flylady would say.
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Thank you so much Daryl, for making my life and that of my entire family's so much happier. Your advice and wisdom have done wonders for simple lessons that I was never taught. I must say that modern feminism has not helped society and women in general become happier. Too bad my own mother and all of her bitter feminist friends couldn't have opened their hearts to such a simple concept of family first. Their lives could have been so much more fulfilled. I know mine is. Thank you very much.
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I love this book! It's simple and a very fast read. Some of it's humorous, but not because she was trying to be funny. It's because what was normal in the '60s has quickly become outdated! But I love to hear about life in a simpler time when roles were black and white and life was simpler. She got for a gift, for example, a LONG PHONE CORD! So she could do chores while talking on the phone --- imagine the freedom! I owe to this womand and her other book, the Joy of Homemaking any homemaking skills i have. I got tired of having a gross house and feeling like I was jsut never going to have a clean house. Then I read her books and got easy tips. Now I have a clean downstairs at least, every day, and I am slowly incorporating stuff to be a better housekeeper and more organized person in general. My husband and kids are way impressed.
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To the reviewer who said this book was written by a male Mormon, this will be big news to Mrs. Hoole and her extended family! This is a great older book that is still inspiring and helpful. She also has a web page with a few articles and recipes so I'm happy to see she's still with us.
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By Dianna on November 21, 2013
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I find this book very helpful and inspiring in my homemaking. If I am feeling "blah" or lazy, I just pick it up and read a bit, and usually it gives me what I need to get going again. Yes, it is dated, but as a stay-at-home mom, I find that I can relate to much of the dated information and just smile at the rest.
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