Saw this mock up (below) of Housekeeping Monthly (13th May 1955). It may sound a little far fetched and extreme, but my mother (a housewife to an accountant and mother of 4 at the time) remembers doing 98% of this. I take it in the good humour in which it is intended.
Im also following Jen but never Jenn’s 1950s housewife experiment http://www.jenbutneverjenn.com/2010/05/welcome-to-50s-housewife-experiment.html
Miss Retros Blog post is also worth a good giggle http://missretroblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-be-1950s-housewife.html