Weekly Work

Monday.-Collect the things for the laundry; give drawing-room a little special attention,

Tuesday.-Clean bedrooms.

Wednesday.-Clean bedrooms.

Thursday.-Clean library or morning-room.

Friday.-Clean bathroom, lavatory, stairs, etc.

Saturday.-Clean the drawing-room, air and put away linen. In the afternoons such light work as cleaning silver may be done, also household mending. Answer all inside house-bells during the day, and the front door after 1 o'clock. When no boy is kept the housemaid cleans the children's boots.


6 a.m.-Rise, light kitchen fire, fill kettle, sweep hall, clean steps and brass of front door. Light fire, sweep, and dust dining-room, prepare breakfast for room and kitchen, wash up the breakfast things, tidy the kitchen, meet mistress to receive orders for the day (first helping the housemaid to make the beds), cook and serve the middle-day meal, wash up the things, crockery, tidy kitchen, and dress if no late dinner, prepare tea, prepare late dinner if ordered, make coffee, wash dinner-things, and prepare fuel for the next day.

Special Weekly Work

Monday.-Wash kitchen cloths, dusters, etc. Tuesday.-Clean the dining-room. Wednesday.-Clean larder and storeroom. Thursday.-Clean all kitchen utensils, and turn out cupboards and drawers.

Friday.-Clean flues, blacklead kitchen grate, and clean the entrance hall. Saturday.-Clean kitchen and scullery.

Where two maids are kept, it is well when advertising to use the name cook-general rather than cook, as a cook may refuse to assist in the general work of the household.

The cook-general undertakes the cooking, care of dining-room, hall, front door, steps, and brasses, and maids' bedroom in addition to the kitchen, larder, and offices; she keeps the coal-scuttles full, does the washing up of all except silver and glass, cleans the boots of the master and mistress, answers the back door all day and the front door up to midday.

The housemaid is responsible for the sitting-rooms (except the dining-room), dressing-, bed-, and bathrooms, lavatories, staircase, and her own pantry. She takes charge of silver, glass, and tea-things, lays the table for all meals, waits at table, answers all the indoor bells and the front door after midday.

The Butler

In houses where a butler is one of the staff of servants he is always considered to hold the most important position. His responsibility is considerable, as the silver and wines are in his care, and it is he who sees to the barring of windows and doors at night-time. The billiard-room and library fall to his care; he attends to the front door and drawing-room bells, announcing visitors, receiving messages and taking charge of letters, cards, etc. His work in many respects corresponds to that of a parlour-maid.


In houses where only one is kept he is responsible for calling the gentlemen of the household in the morning, for laying and clearing away breakfast, for washing up china, silver, and glass. He also attends to boots, knives, windows, lamps, fires, bells, and coal-scuttles, and is usually expected to brush the clothes of the gentlemen unless a valet is in attendance.


This domestic is fully employed in cleaning the various utensils used by the cook and kitchen-maid, and in the preparation of the various vegetables required by them for their culinary work.


Where a scullery-maid is kept, the kitchen-maid prepares various ingredients for the cook's use, and helps her with the plainer dishes. For a girl who aspires to become a cook this is an excellent opening, as she has many opportunities of learning.

Where there is no scullery-maid the kitchen-maid cleans and lights the range, and is responsible for the cleanliness of kitchen, passages, dishes, etc., in addition to waiting on the cook.