After the carpet has been taken up, take the ornaments off, the mantels into another room, then take the globes from the chandeliers and take them out. then take a sheet and cover the chandelier and pin it close up to the ceiling; then cover up the mirrors in the same manner. Now take the paintings down, the large ones first, dust them off with a feather duster and stand them on the floor against the wall, then cover them with a cloth, cover the piano with a thick cloth and the furniture that cannot be taken out of the room, place length-wise in the middle of the room and cover it. Now have the ceiling whitened, then take off the covers, shake them and then scrub up the floor-now clean the painted walls and then clean the paintings and hang them up.
I have a bar of old castile soap which is thirty years old which I use for cleaning my paintings, and this is the way I do it: I place a painting on a table and at the end of the table I place two chairs with a bucket of warm water on each one and into each one a soft sponge, with one I apply the soap quicks-and with the other rinse off, then dry off with a fine linen cloth that has no starch in it, and then go over it with a silk handkerchief, which puts a gloss on it.
When paintings have hung for a longtime the paint cracks and they look badly; this was the case with mine. I thought perhaps it was the heat from the furnace and they needed a coat of varnish, so I sent for an artist to come and see them. He said paintings should never be varnished, and that all mine needed was a coat of poppy oil, so I sent to the druggist and got it. After the painting is clean and dry place it on a table, then pour some of the poppy oil into a saucer, then take a small, soft, loose sponge and dip it into water and squeeze it out tight, then put it into the oil and squeeze it out tight; then go over the painting gently and not a crack will be seen. The poppy oil should be applied every four years, not oftener.
Rise at five o'clock in the morning and open all the windows in the house and leave them open for one hour; then close them and shut the shutters. A darkened room is always cooler than a light one. Light gives heat. At six o'clock in the evening open up the house and leave it open until bed time. Now when you open the windows don't raise one six inches, another one foot and another two feet, for it has a ragged look from the street. When I see a house in this condition I say to myself, the mistress of that house has not the bump of order fully developed.
A systematic housekeeper has a place for everything and everything in its place, a time for everything and everything done in its time. Monday, wash day; Tuesday, ironing day; Wednesday, kitchen and laundry cleaned, ironed clothes mended, folded and put in the drawers; rest in the afternoon. Thursday, windows cleaned, rest in the afternoon; Friday, sweeping day and cleaning of silver; Saturday, baking and preparing for Sunday; Sunday, go to church.