The 1950 Housewife Challenge

So I read a post on Facebook not long ago about being a stay at home wife in the 50s. It boasted about women having the house clean, dinner ready, themselves made up like China dolls and quiet children playing on their rooms when their father returned from work. At first I laughed like it was the funniest thing I had heard in my life, I wondered HOW?! Lately it seems like the dishes are breeding and the laundry is turning into an avalanche! I do really well for a while… my house is clean and running like clockwork, then I take a day off and BOOM I am so overwhelmed that I don’t know where to start! I have anxiety and depression, so the second I slip in my “job” I feel like I let my family down, that I am lazy or worthless. Then I spend days in my bed doing the bare minimum which only makes me feel worse and the housework Astronomical!

I find myself in that situation once again, I spent three days in the hospital, so sick I didn’t want to move, now I am home and feeling better but my house is a disaster zone! I don’t know where to begin and I feel like a horrible wife and mother. (My husband constantly tells me this is not true) I don’t know why but today that post popped in my head, I find myself wondering how I would feel changing out of my SAHM “uniform” (sweats or jammies), putting on real clothes, completing all my chores and having dinner ready when my husband gets home. I know I need to clean this mess but maybe I need to find something different to lift my mood and make me feel like I am OWNING this!! So starting tomorrow I am going to attempt being a 50s wife for a week. I will record how I do and if this helps with my mood. Wish me luck!!

Back to the 50s (but I am not wearing a dress… that part of the 50s can stay there!!)

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