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Guide to Easier Living

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Time is a valued commodity in our modern world, and everyone struggles to make the most of each minute. Russel and Mary Wright recognized decades ago that finding time to organize their lives and homes would become a priority for modern men and women. In their groundbreaking book, Guide to Easier Living, the Wrights offered simple ways to achieve a comfortable, well-design ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published March 6th 2003 by Gibbs Smith
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Recommends it for: domestic historians
This was originally published in 1950. As a housekeeping manual, all it really has to say is: housewives don't have servants to help them out anymore, so stop holding yourself to standards developed when they did. Buy furniture that is easy to keep clean, etc. Not so earthshaking an idea now as it may have been in 1950.

What makes the book interesting to me, in 2007, is its basic feminism. The Wrights suggest that men in the family and even male guests at parties should help out with cleanup task
this book is an amazing little view into the 1950s mind and 50s gender roles. while for its time, i am sure it was really progressive, it seems so amazingly outdated now. the authors provide the housewife with both daily and weekly cleaning schedules. the authors' primary concern regarding design and decoration of the house is the ability to clean it to what seems like the level of sterility.
interesting read, but not too useful to anyone that might be looking for a book on home design--it's just
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: design junkies
A guide to the best of mid-century modern, written right in the midst of the era. Russel Wright and his wife Mary explain the philosophy behind the modernist design of the time, with marvelously practical tips to make your living space more livable (looking cool was strictly secondary...but man, do the living spaces shown look cool!). A must-read for anyone trying to fit their life into a small space and running out of ideas to manage the clutter.
Jun 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I've only skimmed this book, as I think reading it in detail will require me to be ready to redo my house! The book is doubly fascinating, first for its still-excellent principles for simple living, and second as a time capsule of the 1950s. While the essence of the Wrights' philosophy still applies, many of their tangible recommendations are, unsurprisingly, quite dated (39 dishes for a casual dinner for four? And this is the "radically" scaled down version!) -- but this makes them really inter ...more
Nov 08, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Long before Martha Stewart there was Russell Wright. As a collector of mid-century modern this book is delight for me to own...I found it for a dollar at an estate sale. While I prefer the deigns of Eva Zeisel and Viktor and Don Schrengost to Russell Wright they never entered into other areas like entertaining or home decor.
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