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Friday, February 23, 2018


Are you old enough to remember these home ec kitchens where we were taught how to cook and keep things clean as we went?
This picture looks a lot like the ones we had in my school back in the late 1950's.

The teacher put us in small groups per kitchen and had us prepare a meal with the recipes and ingredients provided. We worked together with prep, cooking/baking, setting the table, eating the meals and the clean-up afterwards.

I remember one time I had to sweep the floor after we were finished. The teacher said I didn't do it good enough because I did not pull the chairs away from the table to sweep under the table. As far as I was concerned, it wasn't dirty under the table or chairs, but she said it had to be done anyway.

Now tell me, when you have a family and a job, pulling the chairs out if things look clean is not a priority, right? You only have time to take care of the messes.

My teacher was a perfectionist. I am not. If it looks neat and obvious mess is cleaned up, it is good enough for me. I have other things I need to do, and other things I want to do. So I will never pass the white glove test, but who cares?

When I was younger and able I would do a deep clean of the whole house at least once a year, just as my mother did and it was usually in the spring when all things in nature are renewed with new life.

We are still having lots of winter and I am so ready for spring to arrive. I do hope to get some spring cleaning done but it will be minimal at best.


  1. I loved home ec! I always wanted to teach home ec, but I think those classes slowly went away. Funny about sweeping!! I do NOT always pull the chairs out....usually only with mopping!

  2. I am glad I am not the only one! I also thought I might like to teach home-ec when I was in high school, but changed my mind later. I didn't get to go to college either. Instead, I got married right out of high school and had to do my own 'home-ec'.


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