Wednesday, July 27, 2011

on becoming a proper housewife

As a housewife under construction, I thought it might be helpful to set some goals. When I googled how to be a good housewife, I found this...

ADVANCE: How to be a Good Wife

HAVE DINNER READY: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal--on time. This is a way to let him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned with his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and having a good meal ready is part of the warm welcome that is needed.

PREPARE YOURSELF: Take fifteen minutes to rest so that you will be refreshed when he arrives. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift. Greet him with a smile.

CLEAR AWAY THE CLUTTER: Make one last trip though the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up children's books and toys, papers, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you lift too.

PREPARE THE CHILDREN: If they are small, wash their hands and faces and comb their hair. They are his little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

MINIMIZE ALL NOISE: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise from the washer, dryer, or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.

SOME "DO NOT'S": Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Don't complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as a minor problem compared to what he might have gone through that day.

MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE: Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest that he lie down in the bedroom. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.

LISTEN TO HIM: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

MAKE THE EVENING HIS: Never complain if he doesn't take you to dinner or to other entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his need to unwind and relax.


....of course I already do all these things. ;) Right.

I've been offered a job as a nanny for one of my friends when she goes back to school this fall. I'm really going to have to step up my game if I'm going to renovate our new house and care for two pups and two kids at the same time. I think there might be a little less peace and order for my husband to relax in. Sorry, Chris. We've started packing. We're about 50 boxes in and looking around my house you wouldn't think we'd packed anything. It looks exactly the same. Where did all this stuff come from? I'm glad we're moving to a bigger house because we have definitely outgrown this one. Speaking of the new house. We are headed over there for one last look later today. I'll post some pics for everyone to see.

our first project will be to tackle our pink and blue bathrooms respectively. I will send pics of them later. I know you can't wait. :)