Treasured Trash #1: The I Hate to Housekeep Book

21 Jul

Found at a Salvation Army: The I Hate to Housekeep Book

A well-used instruction manual from the late 1950s for those lazy housewives of the world, The I Hate to Housekeep Book doles out advice in order to maintain the patriarchal order… but with some shortcuts! Its previous owner took its words to heart, and the book is endearingly covered with personal notes, addenda to instructions, and the musty stench of fifty years. And it’s chartreuse! 

I love how all at once it can be charming and hilarious and horrifying in that way where you’re like, “OMG! Stockings?! Taking a day off from housekeeping only once every six weeks?! Looking as the Lord intended?! Nothing could ever be like this. Oh wait, it was? It was like this? Fuck.”

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