Did You Know? Fun Facts Weekly Schedule of a Typical Pioneer Woman Scheduling isn’t just some modern thing that we do today. Women in the 1800s needed schedules too...and they were pretty strict schedules at that. Here’s one I found from “Pioneering Journals of the Ingalls Family”: Wash on Monday Iron on Tuesday Mend on Wednesday Churn on Thursday Clean on Friday Bake on Saturday Rest on Sunday Today, most of us are incredibly fortunate to have modern conveniences. For instance, wash on Monday these days means tossing a load of clothes in the wash, running the cycle, tossing those clothes in the dryer, folding them, and putting them away. Hands on time is about 10 minutes per load...15 at most. Get this scenario from the 1800s... Washing the family's clothes was often done on Mondays, and it took the entire day.  First water was heated in a metal boiler on a cookstove or in the fireplace. When the water came to a boil, soap shavings were added and the water was stirred until the soap dissolved. Next the clothes were dumped in. First the whites were washed, then the colored clothes, then the heavy work clothes. The clothes boiled for ten minutes and were then removed and rubbed with homemade soap and scrubbed on a ribbed washboard.  After all the clothes had been washed the tub was filled with fresh water to rinse the clothes with. Of course, then the clothes had to be hung out to dry. And then Tuesday arrived with the laborious task of ironing, which, by the way, also took endless hours. You don’t even want to know about Friday...that had to be an incredibly long day for pioneer women. I know. Chores aren’t so much fun today either, but we can make things easier and more entertaining for ourselves these days AND it often helps to put things into perspective. It’s also reminds us that chore schedules are important. They were back then and they’re still important today. The difference is, when we’re done with our chores these days, there is still time to do other things. Definitely something to be grateful for. Visit Our Get Organized Now! Store to See All of Our GON Products
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Did You Know? Fun Facts Weekly Schedule of a Typical Pioneer Woman Scheduling isn’t just some modern thing that we do today. Women in the 1800s needed schedules too...and they were pretty strict schedules at that. Here’s one I found from “Pioneering Journals of the Ingalls Family”: Wash on Monday Iron on Tuesday Mend on Wednesday Churn on Thursday Clean on Friday Bake on Saturday Rest on Sunday Today, most of us are incredibly fortunate to have modern conveniences. For instance, wash on Monday these days means tossing a load of clothes in the wash, running the cycle, tossing those clothes in the dryer, folding them, and putting them away. Hands on time is about 10 minutes per load...15 at most. Get this scenario from the 1800s... Washing the family's clothes was often done on Mondays, and it took the entire day.  First water was heated in a metal boiler on a cookstove or in the fireplace. When the water came to a boil, soap shavings were added and the water was stirred until the soap dissolved. Next the clothes were dumped in. First the whites were washed, then the colored clothes, then the heavy work clothes. The clothes boiled for ten minutes and were then removed and rubbed with homemade soap and scrubbed on a ribbed washboard.  After all the clothes had been washed the tub was filled with fresh water to rinse the clothes with. Of course, then the clothes had to be hung out to dry. And then Tuesday arrived with the laborious task of ironing, which, by the way, also took endless hours. You don’t even want to know about Friday...that had to be an incredibly long day for pioneer women. I know. Chores aren’t so much fun today either, but we can make things easier and more entertaining for ourselves these days AND it often helps to put things into perspective. It’s also reminds us that chore schedules are important. They were back then and they’re still important today. The difference is, when we’re done with our chores these days, there is still time to do other things. Definitely something to be grateful for. Visit Our Get Organized Now! Store to See All of Our GON Products
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