Want to be a retro housewife? These are the things you must have. Most items are perfect for every kind of homemaker.
While I have to say the vintage clothes and home decor are my favorite parts about being a retro housewife, the homemaking part is the important part. There is so much we can learn about homemaking from retro housewives including a lot of the things they used around the house.
I’ll keep my dishwasher, modern washing machine, and those kinds of conveniences but there are many things we can take from the past to make homemaking better.
These are some of the items many retro housewives would have had in their homes that are good to add to your home as well. Many would also be great gifts for a new homemaker.
Retro Housewife Must-Haves
The items I feel are important to have if you want to be a retro housewife-
- Cleaning Rags
- Tea Towels
- Cute Flats
- Vintage Aprons
- Glass Storage Containers
- Good Skin Care
- Cute House Dresses
- Record Player (or good playlist)
- Home Management Binder
Want to know more about these items and why you need them? Keep reading.
There are so many fancy cleaning cloths out there now and all kinds of disposable products. They can end up costing you a lot of money when really all you need is an old t-shirt cut up into rags.
It’s a great way to reuse stained or otherwise unwearable t-shirts. You don’t even always have to cut them up. My husband keeps some full old shirts in the garage in case there are spills.
Cotton Tea Towels
Tea towels are a great way to add a pretty touch to your kitchen and they are useful. I have them for different seasons and just love them. I like to use them as hand towels, lay them over the dish rack, use them over dough when it’s rising, clean up spills, and so much more.
You can find adorable vintage tea towels in antique shops or search on Etsy. You can also still buy new ones if you’d prefer that. I have a nice mix of both.
I love heels and wedges but for running errands or doing a bit of work outside around the house, like putting clothes on the clothesline, a good pair of flat shoes is a must.
I have a rather large collection of vintage aprons. A cute apron just makes me happy. They are great for protecting clothes of course but also for drying your hands or carrying flowers or produce in from the garden.
I also like to hang a few up in my kitchen. I change which ones I have out with the season. Right now I have pink and red aprons out because it’s almost Valentine’s Day when I’m sharing this.
Glass Food Containers
Glass food containers are not only nicer looking than disposable or plastic options, but they are also better for us and the planet. I collect vintage Pyrex but don’t use it for food storage due to lead issues. I use it for serving and other purposes that have less of a risk of causing the lead to leach.
For food storage, I like the new Pyrex pieces. They are great for fridge and freezer storage and will save you money in the long run. You can also bake in a lot of the pieces.
Good Skin Care
A retro housewife wants to stay looking young and her best. Therefore, I use Juice Beauty products for my skin because they have great ingredients and work! I also keep their Age Defy Hand Cream on my desk to use throughout the day. Housework can lead to very dry hands and who wants that?
Cute House Dresses
What could be more retro than wearing dresses all day? I’m a big fan of ditching leggings for house dresses. You look more put together but you also feel more productive.
I love to put a vintage record on while I’m cleaning. There is no better way to feel like a retro housewife than to have a vintage record on while cleaning in your vintage-inspired house dress.
If you don’t want to buy a record player you can also just create a vintage playlist on your phone and listen to that while you clean. When I don’t feel like getting a record out or I want to use headphones that’s what I will do.
If you want to do this as well but don’t have a record player the one I have is under $50 and works great. It doesn’t have the sound quality of some pricier options but it works and is cute. And you can get it on Amazon.
Home Management Binder
My home management binder contains everything I need to take care of my home and myself. It helps keep me on track and is essential to the running of my home. It’s a great way to stay organized and be the best homemaker you can be.
I’d love to hear what your must-have homemaking items are. Share in the comments below or tag me on social media.