Alas, we made it 5 days before dear ol’ hubby decided that my 50s Housewife Experiment was annoying. Since the entire experiment was created in order to please my husband, I’m afraid I’m going to have to cut it off here. What did I learn?
- Its not easy being a 50s housewife to a soldier (or any man that works crazy unpredictable hours). The entire goal of a housewife’s day was to prepare for the arrival of her husband. When he’s gone for 4 days and then home for 4 days, there’s only 1 arrival in that entire period. My progress certainly didn’t look effortless to him since he was home to see it all happen.
- I love the way my house feels clean and its not so hard to maintain it, if I’m in the right mindset. My house used to be spic and span constantly, but I think I got discouraged over time with the wear and tear of being a stay-at-home-mom with a toddler. I think these 5 days jump-started a new routine for me. I hope I’m able to keep the momentum going.
- Getting dressed with hair and makeup every day is not as daunting as I once thought. Its really easy to push that to the side when you know you’re staying home with a baby who doesn’t care how you look all day. Then that turns into never doing it anymore. I have discovered the importance of beautifying for myself, even if no one else is looking. It made me feel pretty, feminine, and dainty. Heck, I even finally have a picture of MYSELF that I actually like on facebook now. That hasn’t happened for a while.
- We certainly didn’t save any money. When Rob is happier with me, because of my taking a huge interest in what makes him happy, he is more willing to come up with last-minute plans and take us out to do something. Everything we did over the past 5 days (with the exception of the BBQ) was Rob’s idea. He’s usually the one sitting around and waiting for me to suggest something so he can say no. I’m so proud of him for actually coming up with stuff he wants to do on his own – and it was something we could all enjoy.
- I really like the music and TV from the 50s. At first, it just started as a way to boost up my motivation and inspiration, but I really like it. Especially the early 50s music like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennet, and Elvis Presley. I have become enamored by the Cleaver family in “Leave it Beaver”. I think I’m addicted now. I love to see how the family solves all their little problems. June Cleaver certainly wasn’t a doormat for her husband, but she was an incredible mother and wife – something I think I’ll strive towards.