This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
The kitchen, while the humblest, is the most important section of the household, and we have accordingly given ample space to its greatly varied culinary products, and have also spoken of the etiquette and management of the dining-room, which comes next to it in importance. But the duties of family life are by no means confined to these two apartments. The remainder of the house demands its round of daily labors. And here ornament needs to be considered
as well as utility. It is here the family spends its hours of recreation, enjoyment, and repose; here many of its social duties are performed; here art and comfort join hands with usefulness and necessity, and it is to the demands of the household at large that our attention must now be directed.
The labors to be performed comprise sweeping, cleaning, the daily care of sleeping apartments, attention to the many small articles of adornment and utility; to clothing, pictures, books, and furniture; to washing, mending, and a multitude of duties of which every day brings a new list. Let us, for example, rapidly review the ordinary weekly duties in a well-managed household, but one limited to a single maid, engaged for general housework.