Happy Saturday everyone!
It has been a crazy busy week for me. I am taking an accelerated class, we are fitting a whole semester (16 weeks) in to 3 weeks. It is a women’s literature class so there has been a lot more work involved than I was expecting. I am in lecture from 9 am to 1 pm monday through thursday then for homework we have to read four novels, write 3 essays (3-4 pages), and a final essay (8-10 pages!!!) in that 3 week period. There has been little time for anything else!
So in all of my free time, I have been tackling my 1950s housewife challenge. I have been trying to keep up, but have fallen behind a little, I’ve had a basket full of folded laundry sitting in my living room for a couple of days. I am trying to get everything in the house organized, so I am doing one room at a time for that project. I have put up pictures that have been sitting around because we didn’t have frames, bought frames for said pictures, I moved around some shelving, got rid of a bunch of papers that were junking up drawers. So I think overall it was a pretty productive week.
I started keeping track of all the things I do around the house in my planner, I am actually surprised at how much I get done!
Here is a sample, this is one whole day:
6:30 shower, get dressed
7:30 Wake up the girls, breakfast, run the dishwasher (hooray for modern conveniences)
8:30 make beds, help the girls make their beds, tidy up bedrooms
9:00 laundry (wash, dry, fold, put away, repeat), I think I did 3 or 4 loads completely through out the day
10:00 make YouTube video 🙂 I know that this isn’t traditional, but it is what I did
11:00 go to the Goodwill to drop off a bunch of old clothes
1:00 violin practice, my daughters are learning how to play the violin, it’s so freaking cute
2:00 girls take a nap, clean up from lunch, fold laundry, tidy up living room
4:00 girls get up from nap, they clean their rooms
5:00 make dinner
6:00 have dinner, then clean kitchen, load dishwasher
7:00 watch Battlestar Gallactica with hubby, a girl needs some down time
8:00 girls get ready for bedtime
9:30 bedtime for Mama
then once school started again on the 31st, my day was more like this:
6:30 shower, get dressed
7:00 kids breakfast
8:00 drop girls off at mother-in-law’s house
1:00 class ends
1:20 pick up girls
2:00 get home, girls needed a nap, I needed a nap too but instead I tidied up the house
4:00 girls wake up
5:30 dishes, clean kitchen
6:00 more homework
8:00 girls get ready for bed
8:30 bedtime, then more homework
9:30 my bedtime
blah! I hate having to cram a whole days worth of housework into like 2 hours, it’s no wonder my house is never spotless. I am technically a stay at home mom, in that I don’t have a paying job anymore. But I go to school full-time, my husband made a comment the other day that I am at school at least as many hours a week as he is at work, but I go more days than he does. I am at school usually 5 days a week and he works 3 days a week. He has been a lot more helpful lately, he will do a load of laundry or do the dishes and he is wonderful with the kids, he is a very active father.
During this past week, I don’t know if it’s this challenge or the “feminism” class I am taking, I’ve been thinking a lot about division of labor in households. My husband and I have taken upon ourselves very traditional gender roles. I cook, clean, take care of the kids, decorate, etc. He makes the money, fixes things around the house, does the yard work, does everything that needs to be done with the cars. I am usually satisfied with our division of labor but it can be very frustrating when I come home and find a days worth of dishes piled in the sink or worse on the coffee table, and he has been at home all day. Though we talked about it and he is trying harder to help out around the house.
How does the housework get divided out in your house? If you are married/living with someone, do you both work outside the home or does one person stay home? Who takes on the bulk of the domestic duties or is it pretty equal? I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on the subject. I feel like if I was a true stay-at-home mom and was at home 7 days a week, it would be entirely my responsiblity to keep the house clean and I would have so much time to do it in the house would be spotless. Since I essentially work full-time, I think my husband should at least clean up after himself.