Labor-Saving in the Home

An ordinary house today has electricity and piped water supplied to it. Some of us do not appreciate how much labor these things save. Someone I know who lives far away from town has to light kerosene lamps every night and fetch water from the well umpteen times a day. That is really labor-intensive. I am thankful I do not have to do such chores.

Household chores are never done. Ask any housewife or any person who does household chores and he or she will tell you so. There are so many things to be done at home and when they are done more things need to be done. There are the daily chores of sweeping the floor, washing the clothes and most tedious of all, cooking and food. Also there are chores that are done weekly, monthly or like spring cleaning, perhaps annually. Whatever they are, chores take a lot of energy to do. Thus labor-saving devices or methods are always welcome.


Labor-Saving Devices

We do have many labors-saving devices and methods nowadays compared to perhaps just fifty years ago. My grandfather used to tell me how he had to go into the forest to look for firewood everyday. If the weather was bad or he could not find any, it meant that his mother could not cook any food and they had to eat whatever was edible raw. Today we have the convenience of cooking-gas. This labor-saving device is so much taken for granted that we do not realize how much more difficult cooking will be without it.

Furthermore cooking with gas is much cleaner than using firewood. The pots and pans do not become black with soot. So that saves a lot of time and energy otherwise spent on cleaning these utensils.

No More Messy Work

When my mother was a child she paid most things had to be done from scratch. Her mother and she had to scrape their own coconut, mix their own curry powder, slaughter their own chicken and do a dozen other things by themselves just to cook a meal. On top of that they had to make sure they had enough firewood to stoke the fire. Today we can buy everything all ready for the pot in a supermarket. There is no more messy work of slaughtering a chicken or scrapping a coconut. Really, much labor had been eliminated.

Of course for the lazy housewife, she does not even have to cook. There are ready-made meals that just have to be heated in a clean labor-saving microwave oven. For the really lazy or busy ones, there are always caterers willing to supply food on a regular basis, though not much can be said for the nutritious values of these meals.

Washing clothes is a cinch nowadays. Just dump the dirty laundry into the washing-machine, add some washing powder and switch the machine on. In a short while, the clothes are washed. Of course some labor is needed to hang the clothes out to dry but it is much less than having to scrub the clothes down by a river.

Labor-Intensive

An ordinary house today has electricity and piped water supplied to it. Some of us do not appreciate how much labor these things save. Someone I know who lives far away from town has to light kerosene lamps every night and fetch water from the well umpteen times a day. That is really labor-intensive. I am thankful I do not have to do such chores.

As the world progresses more, I can safely say that more labor-saving devices and methods will be invented. Perhaps one day we may not have to do anything at all except press a button to get machines to do them for us. What sort of life it would be then? I do not think I want to know.       

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  1. I prefer modern convieniences, we had our furnace break recently and had to keep fires going – I was amazed at how much wood we went through in 2 days.

  2. We have a wood stove plus an elecrtic stove. I love the wood stove but not for cooking. Great article Mr Ghaz . I to wonder what the future will bring and like you I don’t think I want to know either lol

  3. I do the cooking at my house, but that is because my wife is out with the animals, or working on the computer. I am glad we have modern technology, but still dont know how to kill a chicken, not that it matters, I dont know if I could eat it after I did that.

  4. I am so glad there are labour saving devices to help with housework because I don’t like cooking or cleaning and only do them because I have too. I am waiting for artificial intelligence to come up with robots to do these jobs lol.
    A great article.

    Christine

  5. when I was a boy, we had hogs, chickens and a cow. I’m forever grateful those days are long gone! Nice work, Ghaz.

  6. I hate all housework so as many devices as possible please?

  7. Interesting article. I really enjoyed reading it. I’m glad for the labor saving devices.

  8. Sexism aside, I agree about the housework (my husband and I share equally). He grew up without electricity and running water, and we do appreciate the many time saving devices we have now, though sometimes I feel a little lazy when I run our dish washer. :)

  9. I’m the labour saving device in our house! Great article, Mr Ghaz.

  10. And here I thought you were going to talk about preventing pregnancy!
    Good piece!
    Thanks,
    Clay

  11. Very good article, we are very lucky to have so many devices to make it easier.

  12. Mr Ghanz, I grew up without any of the conviences we have today. it was hard work and I wouldn’t want to go back to that but it would be a way to save our planet from pollution. Just think how much greener our planet would be if we all went one day every week without our luxury.

  13. Very well done.

  14. I’m like Christine. Waiting for a miracle to have some kind of device, robot or whatever to help me out with the housework. LOL
    Thanks for your hard work. Well done.
    Monica.

  15. glad to hear about this energy saving gadgets, but most in our place had to deal with the old-fashioned way. nice article again, friend.

  16. Convenience is a high value. Appreciate the technology.

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