“I have cooked dinner, ironed and scoured the kitchen.”
1930s kitchens are very different from 21st century kitchens. For starters, apparently every kitchen in Bernice’s time has an identical gigantic white enamel sink. I guess if you have to scour by hand, you need lots of room. In 2013, kitchen sinks are designed only for giving everything a brief rinse before it is loaded into an automatic dishwasher. Personally I find that to be inconvenient, because even 80 years later, scrubbing cookware by hand is often the best way to get it clean.
1930s kitchen, Flickr.com