My house has gotten destroyed over the last month. With the holidays, finals, and Ballet practice 3 times a week I haven’t been home except for one day a week for over a month. My house has fallen by the wayside and in disrepair, I’m such a bad housewife!
I read an article on glamourdaze.com about the daily routine of a 1940s housewife, originally printed for Life Magazine. I was so intrigued by how they spent their day, I have decided to challenge myself to a month of living the routine of the 1940s housewife.
This is the link to the article if you are interested http://glamourdaze.com/2011/02/1940s-fashion-housewifes-daily-routine.html.
I decided to start today, instead of the 1st since I go back to school on the 12/31. I have this week off so I thought I’d get an early start and deep clean my entire house. I always find it easier to maintain a certain level of cleanliness and organization (the hardest part for my family) than to start over every week, so I have decided to clean and organize everything this week. I am going to use the blog to hold me accountable 🙂 I will go by the Life article as my starting point. However, there are things that I won’t do such as making my children’s beds every morning. My daughters are three and five and more than capable of making their own beds and picking up their own toys/rooms. I will try to do an update a few times a week to let you all know how it is going, I’m not sure how much time I will have to spend on the computer 🙂
I may have to get up a little earlier than I have been to fit everything into the day, because it would not be a 1940s housewife challenge if I did all the housework in sweatpants and a ponytail. They did it in a dress, full makeup and fixed hair, so I will too.
I started with my kitchen today, cleaned everything from the light fixture to microwave. Now I will go organize my pantry and take inventory. Then move on to the living room, dining room (they are connected), and play room to organize, dust, sweep, and mop. I’m exhausted just thinking about it! The consolation is I only have to do the organiziation part once, which is the most time-onsuming and difficult part. I do need to get my husband involved so he can put his stuff away, half of my litchen counter is being overrun with his tools and things that belong in the garage. I will make a Goodwill run tomorrow to drop off a bunch of clothes that no longer fit, they have been piling up for a few months while I went through my youngest daughter’s clothes and pulled out and washed all the things that didn’t fit.
I have also gotten more serious about my couponing, I watched that Extreme Couponing show and now I feel like an underacheiver. I don’t think it’s actually possible to only spend $50 a month on groceries for my family of four, nor is it practical to stockpile years worth of toilet paper. But any money that I can save my family is a good thing. However, going through and trying to find all the coupons is almost a part time job! The big problem I have is most coupons that are out there are for really processed food or junk food/soda, things that we don’t buy anyway so I’m not going to buy it with a coupon. We try to avoid processed food and I refuse to buy things with HFCS (high fructise corn syrup), that stuff is awful for you. I already prepare most of our meals from scratch, it doesn’t take any more time than heating something pre-prepared or going through a drive-through, and it is significantly cheaper! We eat a modified “paleo diet”, mostly meats, vegetables, and fruit, but I still use pasta and rice (to stretch the budget) and I love bread so I don’t want to give it up 😉
If anybody wants to join me in walking the walk of being a woman from the 40s-50s, I would love to hear from you! I mean, who doesn’t wish they had a spotless home! Try it with me for a month and by the end you won’t want to go back. We can officially start on January 1st, even though I’m getting a jump on it due to time conflicts.