You will find, by sometimes pleasant experience (sometimes the reverse) that rising before 6.30 o'clock summer mornings, and before 7 in winter, is conducive to a smooth day. Of course, this is under ordinary conditions and environments. You have time to "do" your hair and don a neat shirt waist or dressing jacket and skirt. If a plain tulle veil to match the hair in color is fastened lightly over the head, it does not look unsightly, and may be removed before luncheon, a curl or puff (as the style may be) added, if desired, and the hair found dressed for the day. It is also surprising how such a filmy, almost unseen, cover prevents dust entering the hair. While breakfast is cooking, a carpet sweeper can be run over rugs in the downstairs rooms; the hardwood floors wiped with a "dustless duster" (which absorbs the dust and polishes at the same time), or with a dust cloth two feet square made by stitching old stockings together. After breakfast, a few moments will suffice for the dusting of furniture and bric-a-brac, and the first floor is cleaned for the day.
Dusters should be frequently shaken out-of-doors while dusting.
After the breakfast work is done, the upstairs can be arranged and dusted.
All bath-rooms, wash bowls and toilets should then be left in absolute cleanliness, and hardwood stairs wiped with a dust cloth if necessary In some houses, twice a week is sufficient to clean stairs and bathroom floors, and once in four weeks for cleaning windows. If the work in a house is attended to regularly, there is never any need for the old fashioned "House Cleaning." Whenever rugs and draperies need cleaning, have them cleaned immediately.
If it is convenient, by all means have a row of brass hooks over the sink, on which to hang the following articles, viz : A small three-cornered piece of zinc, each corner differing in shape, to use in cleaning corners of pans, etc. Have a hole in one corner to hang by.
A small stiff bristled brush for cleaning vegetables, with a screw-eye in one end to hang by.
A wire dish for holding laundry and toilet soap, and another for sapolio and a small piece of flannel (or cotton cloth).
A perforated dish into which to empty coffee grounds, etc., to prevent stoppage of the sink drain. A wire soap shaker to hold scraps of soap. An ordinary granite water dipper. A medium size sauce pan also utilized for dipping. Do not omit a wire dish cloth.
A long wire with bristles on one end for cleaning bottles. A medium size scrubbing brush with pointed ends for cleaning the sink with Dutch Cleanser. A granite dish pan should hang or be placed near the sink, also a granite basin in which to wash vegetables.
A sink should have boiling water poured in it each day, and if signs of stoppage occur, throw in a handful of copperas and usually the water poured in during the day will dissolve the copperas slowly and clean the pipes. On a shelf near the sink it is well to keep a can of Dutch Cleanser, a package of borax, if the water is "hard," and a package of pearline or similar powder.