Sometimes, when you read certain books or watch movies that describe the home life in 19-th century and earlier, it's easy to believe that women did nothing but sitting and doing needlework or having tea parties. While I find both aforementioned activities very nice and relaxing, and enjoy them myself on a regular basis, women of old did much more than that.
In novels I've read about 19-th century Russian nobility for example (Tolstoy and other classics), I see quite a lot about home management; no, noblewomen didn't scrub their own floors - but they had large households to manage, and many servants to direct. They were often also responsible for the family finances. Without their instruction, everything would fall apart! I'm pretty sure it was the same in other countries too.
There's one Russian author named Saltykov-Schedrin who gives, in one of his books, an excellent description of one day in the life of a Russian noblewoman, a mother of nine children, in a large country household. It included supervising all the servants, meal planning, gardening (in a large garden which produced all the greens they ate), and the children's education; dealing with family financial business and correspondence; and tending to the myriad of needs arising throughout the day. So, this woman could hardly be expected to do all the cleaning, cooking, milking cows and gardening herself (her household was much too large), but she had heavy responsibility on her shoulders, and worked hard.
Second, not every woman had servants. In fact, nobility was hardly a major part of society. Many women (farm wives, homesteaders) had to do almost everything themselves. My great-grandmother was one of those women. I think she had hired help from time to time, but with 7 children, she still had more than enough cooking, sewing, baking, cleaning, washing, mending and so on - to do. Most of the homemakers today are of this kind: no servants, and a much smaller household to manage.
To sum it up, I think we can learn a lot from the Victorian era about the value and culture of home, but we certainly shouldn't idealize it. Instead, we can take the skills which would be useful in our own homes, today, and invest in developing them.