- 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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The Art of Homemaking Hardcover – 1964
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an awesome peek into the lives, routines and expectations of 1960's homemakers. Aside from some out of date but nostalgic parts, there are tons of helpful Relevant tips... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Van Sipe
I found this book to be very helpful. It gives a lot of the kind of info mothers used to pass down to daughters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Merica Saint John
really a time less classic, Full of ways to get it all done and still have time left for you.Published 10 months ago by elizabeth
Sorry to say that the book smelled so bad of mildew that I couldn't stand to read it.Published 14 months ago by Mommasong
I read this book twice in 2 days! Such great advice. If only the feminist movement didn't teach young ladies to not take pride in making a house a home - it really is a beautiful... Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by J. Green
As a child of the feminist movement I got pretty much none of this information growing up. My homemaker skills were zilch which became a problem was I decided to stay at home with... Read morePublished on June 24, 2014 by Cape1990
This is a very interesting read for its cultural significance. The author is a Male Mormon which makes the issue of the patriarchy of the 60's interesting but also the even... Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by L. Burgett
I picked this up at half price books for $5. Hard to believe that women would put themselves in such positions. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by seekers