I was a bit hesitant to write this post but I feel like I had to get it off my chest. I’ve been asked a number of times, “What’s with the 50s housewife fascination?’ Just recently someone remarked about me being like Betty Draper. That really got me thinking… What’s wrong with wanting to be Betty Draper, aside from the shitty mothering?
The fifties meant a lot of things to a lot of people. Some women love the idea of staying home and raising the kids and keeping house, others think of it as a prison sentence and a slap in the face to women’s rights and sets us back decades. I myself idolize this era in time. I have the utmost respect for housewives, I don’t think of them as any less because they don’t “work”. In fact I think they have one of the toughest jobs, they work 24 hours a day, they’re always on call, and NEVER get paid for it!
I have experienced motherhood now as both a working mom and a stay at home mom, I prefer to stay home. I love getting up every morning and sticking to my routine, plucked right from the pages of a 1950’s home economics book. It’s the hardest yet most satisfying work I have ever done and I thank God everyday that my husband has a job that affords me this luxury that not a lot of women get.
To me everything 40’s and 50’s, especially when applied to housekeeping, is fascinating and glamorous. I love the hair, fashion, and music from the time. I like taking care of my home and take great pride in its upkeep, I like to tend to my family and take care of my husband. I love for him to come home to a clean house and warm home cooked meal, I know he’s worked hard all day and it may not be much but I know he appreciates what I do.
To know what I know and all the tips and tricks I’ve learned, I’ve done a lot of browsing online (RESEARCH, surprised? I’m a geek, so what?) bought some home-ec books from the era and applied them to a modern household. After the smell of my regular store bought cleaning products started making me feel sick to my stomach I started using vinegar, lemon juice, borax and baking soda for EVERYTHING!
I didn’t intentionally start out my fifties-ish housewife thing with a routine but after reading about it in my vintage home-ec book I figured I’d give it a try. Admitted I am total scatter brain and often have about half a million thoughts at any one time so adhering to a written routine sounded like an awesome idea to me! Some of the things on the list probably seem so ridiculous to some people but I literally wrote down everything! I love getting to check off each “chore” from my list each day and I only get better at doing things every week. Doing a little each day makes the big cleans of the week so much easier!
I love my little family, and my little house.