Monday, July 14, 2008

Putting my big girl panties on.

Okay, this is a confession and a challenge to myself. I'm hoping saying this out loud (or, you know, posting it out loud) will force me to rectify it.

Here goes:

I am a lazy SAHM.

First, let me say that I believe being a SAHM is a very big job. It is a hard job. And I admire the heck out of SAHMs who manage to really run their home like a business.

Unfortunately, I am not one of those. This is not a declaration made proudly. I am ashamed at how lax I've become in my household duties.

My laundry room is a mess. My bedroom is, in a word, pitiful. There is much left undone at the end of the day. I take naps. I watch TV while my kids are napping. (I know, I know, it's horrible.)

So, there I've said it. I am a bad housekeeper and a lazy SAHM. But, friendly bloggers, I am going to turn over a new leaf.

See, I've had this crazy obsession with the 1960s lately and I am in awe of the amazingness of the housewives of that era. I am longing for the desire to work as hard as they did. And I'm challenging myself to do this in my house.

I'm making myself a retro housewife challenge. And here's my plan.

For 30 days I am vowing to do be a true housewife which includes (but is not limited to) the following:

Wake-up before everyone in the house and fix breakfast
Keep the housework completely caught up every day and make the home a haven for my family
Cook homemade meals every week night
Cultivate more of an attitude of selflessness
Treat my days like a job with goals, expectations, and deadlines
Vacuum at least once in high heels ('cause I'm obsessed with those housewives in shirtwaist dresses and heels!)

And, do all of the above dressed for the real world with hair done and a full face of make-up on.

You know, basically be the complete opposite of my every day self. 30 days of retro housewife goodness. I'm starting this challenge tomorrow and, to be honest, I'm pretty scared of what lies ahead. Trying to pull this off may just be the end of me.

I know most of you reading are probably thinking, "uh, yeah, that's not a retro housewife. It's just being a grown-up." And, you know, you're probably right. But the Retro Housewife Challenge is SO much sexier sounding than the Jenna-is-finally-putting-on-her-big-girl-panties challenge, don't you think?


Katie said...

How did Donna Reed do it? Was it because the world was safer for kids? That they lived outside like the Lil' Rascals and in worse case scenario showed up for dinner with a black eye or bruised knee? Donna didn't have the temptation of this darn 'puter either.

Rae said...

awesome. I love the vacuuming in high heels part. I have made myself a chore list (and even a few things on there for Chad!) that I try to stick to. Monday is bathroom day, so...I guess I'd better get going. ;)

marigold said...

This cracks me up Jen! But more power to you sister. Whatever works for you, do it!

Kelsey said...

Your too funny! More power to ya!

Anonymous said...

LOL, Jenna! So - how is it going? How's the house look? Of course, I couldn't do this unless I started with the house at a certain level of cleanliness.....

Cousin Tammy

Heather said...

You are totally going to rock it girl! I have faith in you.


Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

I just jumped over from Rocks in my Dryer...and you sound just like me...BTW how's it going??

I start my "true" SAHM deal the first week of Augsust...