For quite a while I have been really interested in cultivating the attributes of the woman of the 1950’s. Grace, friendliness, manners, efficiency, style, and nurturing, are all adjectives that quickly come to mind when you think of a 1950’s Housewife.
I have rounded up 5 books that will help you develop the skills and traits that are so frequently associated with Vintage Housewives. These books are focused primarily on your Home Life, with topics like general household management, building a family culture, balancing life, taking pleasure in daily routines, and general etiquette. These books are sure to inspire you!
These books were chosen because they offer great advise and are easily found at your local library and bookstores. Truly vintage books are fun to read, but they can be hard to find, and often the information is outdated. You will find practical tips in each of these books that will help you be a better homemaker.
5 Books to Help you Embrace the Qualities of a Vintage Housewife:
If you want your home to be a haven for your family, The Lifegiving Home by Sarah and Sally Clarkson is for you!
Do you long for “home” to mean more than a place where you stash your stuff? Wouldn’t you love it to become a haven of warmth, rest, and joy . . . the one place where you and your family can’t wait to be? The Lifegiving Home offers practical wisdom, some great reminders, and some thoughtful ideas about how to make your house a home with a lot of heart.
This book does have a lot of great take-aways, but may not be for everyone. The author’s present their families as extremely idealistic, and as such can be slightly unrelatable at times.
I don’t know about your kids, but mine are quoting Jane Austin…
But if you can look past the picture perfect vignettes, this book has some great points on building a family culture and home life that promotes beauty, peace, and togetherness.
Let me introduce you to the ultimate book on all matters of household management! Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House is a wealth of information and throughly researched.
If there is a college level Home Economics class, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was used as the course text book!
More than just hints and tips for cleaning, the book also includes detailed and specific cleaning and care information, and covers everything from how frequently to wash your bedding, proper food storage and handling, and, setting a table for company, and SO MUCH MORE.
Just a few topics included:
- Making up a bed with hospital corners,
- Expert recommendations for safe food storage,
- Reading care labels (and sometimes carefully disregarding them)
- Keeping your home free of dust mites and other allergens
- Home safety and security
- A summary of laws applicable to the home, including privacy, accident liability, contracts, and domestic employees
While I think this is a book that is worth owning, save yourself some cash, this book shows up frequently at Goodwill and thrift stores, or you can buy it pre-owned from Amazon Market Place!
Do you need a reminder to find joy in the mundane? I know I definitely need this reminder from time to time!
This refreshing read celebrates the day to day activities of a homemaker. There is no judgement or push for a woman look further than outside her home for fullfillment. It is simply a celebration of the millions of little tasks that accompany the life of a woman who runs a household and has children.
At Home with Madame Chic reveals the secrets to having a happy, fulfilling, and passionate life at home. Author, Jennifer L. Scott explains the morning send-off need not be chaotic, it’s possible to look stylish with minimal time and effort, a little forethought makes it possible to serve a home-cooked dinner every night, and details like music and scented candles can set the tone for the whole family’s evening. Organized by the pleasures that can be found throughout the day, this charming, helpful book is full of ideas, playlists, recipes, beauty routines, and advice that can turn an irritating day into an enjoyable experience.
I think we all know Candace Cameron Bure as DJ Tanner from Full House, but in real life Candace is a mom, wife, and Christian. She may live in Hollywood, but she is remarkably like us- wearing a lot of hats. In Balancing it All Candace takes you on her journey of learning how to prioritize her life, and focus her time and energy. Part autobiography about Candace’s career, and marriage, and part inspirational self-help book, this book is a great read.
Candace was a Hollywood child star who now is atypically grounded, conservative and family oriented. She relies heavily on biblical principles to guide her life, and even has very specific bible citations to support her approach throughout the book. She does this without a heavy hand and with an understanding that her readers may all live very different and diverse lifestyles.
Topics found in her book are parenting, marriage & she briefly touches on her role as a submissive wife, and finding time for fun. What I found most enjoyable about this book is that it doesn’t come across as a lecture, it’s more “this is how I am trying to balance my life, and this is what is working for me right now” feel.
I’ve followed her on social media for a while and always found her to be very relatable, and I thought her book was enjoyable and promoted a healthy lifestyle in all ways — physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
Do you know what society could use a bit more of?
From squabbling on the internet to road rage, there is a general lack of decorum. I can’t fix the world, but I can influence what goes on in my own home, by instilling and modeling good manners for my childeren.
From social networking to social graces, Emily Post is the definitive source on etiquette for generations of Americans. That tradition continues with the fully revised and updated 19th edition of Etiquette. Authored by etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning—Emily Post’s great-great grandchildren—this edition tackles classic etiquette and manners advice with an eye toward diversity and the contemporary sensibility that etiquette is defined by consideration, respect, and honesty.
As our personal and professional networks grow, our lives become more intertwined. This 19th edition offers insight and wisdom with a fresh approach that directly reflects today’s social landscape. Emily Post’s Etiquette incorporates an even broader spectrum of issues while still addressing the traditions that Americans appreciate, including:
- Loss, grieving, and condolences
- Entertaining at home and planning celebrations
- Table manners
- Greetings and introductions
- Social media and personal branding
- Political conversations
- Digital networking and job seeking
- The workplace
- Sports, gaming, and recreation
What books would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below so I can check it out!