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A Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles Compiled by George Burgess (1829-1905)

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Household ManagementHOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT . – A woman who is not essential and kind-hearted cannot be a comfortable housekeeper; a woman who has no judgment, firmness, forethought, and general good sense, cannot manage her house prudently or comfortably, no matter what amount of money she may have at her command; a woman who has not an eye for detecting and remedying disorderliness and carelessness cannot keep her house fresh and pleasant, no matter how much money she may spend on furniture and upholstery. It is no money, but management, that is the great requisite in procuring comfort in the household arrangements. Of course nobody asks impossibilities; none but the Jews ever yet succeeded in “making bricks without straw,” and even they found it difficult and lamented wearily; but the woman with limited means may make her things as perfect after their kind as the woman with ample means, only she will be obliged to put more of herself into the management; and that element of personality has a charm which no appointment made through the best staff of servants can possess; it is a luxury that money cannot buy, and generally hinders. The luxury of completeness must always depend on the individual care and skill of the mistress. That a thing should be perfect after its kind, is all that can be required.