Attention, all guests: three habits rooted in the USSR that it's high time to get rid of

Alina MilsentLife
Soviet habits need to be eradicated

More than thirty years have passed since the collapse of the USSR, but there is still a category of people who cannot get rid of their "Soviet" habits. Frugality, thrift, and living for tomorrow were the three pillars of Soviet life.

Many of the typical habits of those times have become so ingrained in the minds of people that even now it is difficult for housewives to break away from them. OBOZREVATEL talks about some of the habits originating in the USSR that are long overdue to be abandoned.

Everything in the house, everything in the household

Housewives who were brought up according to the "Soviet" rules know how to set a rich table with a minimum amount of food and know all the folk life hacks for removing dirt or grease. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this: the ability to experiment with culinary dishes will never be superfluous, and ordinary soda and salt can help with cleaning better than chemicals.

However, this category also includes the typical Soviet habit of using second-hand things to the last. Even old T-shirts were not thrown away but used for rags. Old, leaky socks were used to wipe off dust. The list goes on and on. The period of shortage is over, and special rags and mops are both long-lasting and inexpensive.

Oilcloth on the table

It was customary to cover a table with a tablecloth or just a table with an oilcloth. This habit does not add beauty and comfort; it only spoils the look of the kitchen.

Food in reserve and the empty plate rule

Soviet people always had a supply of food. However, everything should be in moderation: each product has its own shelf life, so it's hardly worth buying food for the future - at least those that spoil quickly.

And we should stop living by Soviet canteen stereotypes. You shouldn't finish eating stale food just to avoid throwing it away. You don't have to keep soup or borscht in the fridge for weeks until it's all eaten.

There were other habits that people still can't get rid of. These include taking things "on the way out," solving problems "on the fly," and the primary question that almost every Soviet citizen asked himself: "What will people say?". Read the article to find out how Soviet stereotypes spoil life and why they should be abandoned immediately.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told why the USSR produced canned water.

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