When I tell people about my homemaking, they always say I'm so 'old timey'. I don't mind.
I make most of my food from scratch, I bake all of my own bread, I rarely eat out, I soak all my whites at least 24 hrs before laundering them,
I use borax to clean, I use dish rags to wipe and clean everything, I hand wash and hang to dry all my lady things,
and I've recently prefected my from scratch vegan lemon squares. Delish.
So when I saw this picture of Lynn Massman from Shorpy a few months ago, the kitchen shelf behind her reminded me of my own.
Granted mine is more modern, but like hers, mine houses all my most used pots and my fruit, when I have it. I even place my soaking buckets for my whites there when I have laundry due. Keeping organized like that helps me save time.
Even finished reorganizing my fabric closet in the hallway of my apartment. I categorized all the fabrics by size then by fiber content.
Before and after.
Now I can actually see what I have and not over buy or be surprised at what I find when I dig in there. I don't have a family living with me. Well, a human family. But I still like keeping the place ship shape and doing what needs to be done without a lot of super modern convinces.
I love the ingenuity and cleverness of the Golden Era. Sure some people had more than others, but even so, there was always a way to stretch something a bit more. Always tips to make something last or make something out of nothing. That's what I like so much about this book.
The book has 18 sections filled with tips on how to save on everything from clothing to home ownership to plumbing to you name it! So here go a few kitchen related ones that I thought we can still use today. Enjoy!