Sunset has always been full of tips and tricks to help you run your home. As far back as the early mid-20th century, we’ve been doling out suggestions to readers on how to make the most of their space and time. One of Sunset’s first books ever published was Household Handbook in 1941. Some advice is strikingly similar, even more than half a century later.
Take kitchen organization. From the handbook:
From our website: “Keep everyday-use items handy instead of tucked away in cabinets or drawers. Using a hanging rack for pots and pans and a floating shelf for jarred items accomplishes just that, yet in an uncluttered way.”
Some of it, though, is strikingly different. In the handbook, the section on laundry is a guide to figuring out what to do at home and what to send out:
“Wash full loads, using cold water when possible (heating water uses energy) and resisting the temptation to use more detergent than instructions recommend (extra just washes down the drain, increasing the amount of undesirable chemicals ending up in wastewater). And line-dry whatever you can. Not only does air-drying save energy, but it also saves your clothes. And the sun-kissed smell ― yum!”