I am a messy person. I admit it. Everyone who knows me knows I am about the least organized person you will ever meet. I am spacey, I tend to be late to everything, and when I expect people to my house, 99% of the time I will still be vacuuming when they get here. I have just always said “This is how I am” and left it alone. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right?

This was fine until about two weeks ago. My lack of organizational skills finally resulted in a screwup in our budget, and thats the one area I do tend to pay attention to(even if I don’t quite tend to get the bills paid on time..). Hubby was upset obviously, but handled it with surprising grace. I on the other hand felt like I’d gotten a huge slap in the face, a total wakeup call if you will.  I was spending so much time chasing my own tail I was neglecting the things that most needed my attention- the house, the kids, the budget, and my husband. I had to do something. I deleted all my bookmarks, uninstalled my chat program, and spent the last two weeks doing a bit of soul searching. Ok, a LOT of soul searching. What I found surprised me.

I want to be Martha Stewart.

Ok, not really. Martha’s a bit of a freak, and no matter how organized I get I will never learn to make my own deck chairs  or do hand-stitched Valentine cards. But I do want to get back to basics, and become a better housewife. the ex and I have what I call a traditional relationship- he works outside the home, and I take care of the house and kids and all that entails. The problem is that I haven’t been very good at keeping up my end of the bargain. I hate housework, I suck at scheduling, and I get annoyed cooking the same 10 dishes over and over for the picky eater I married. And like so many daughters of feminists(in theory if not practice), I felt like housework was not a woman’s job, and so hubby should be helping with that when he got home. Yes, I truly believed he should work all day, and then come home and do half of my job as well. It has only been in the last week or so I realized how selfish this is. It would be different if I were working, but as a sahm, this IS my job. Keeping the house clean, the meals cooked, etc etc is what I signed up for when we agreed that I would stay home with the kids. Honestly, I feel like an ass for having been so petty and resentful of the situation for as long as I have. I am doing my best to remedy it though. My house is surprisingly cleaner and much more organized, though still a work in progress. I am caught up on my laundry. I am actively seeking out new recipes that my picky man will love. I am paying more attention to my kids and my marriage. I miss my buddies, but I should have more time for that now that the housework is nearly under control.

So here I am. Consider this my coming out. I am now a 50’s housewife in training, but without the cute little aprons and high heels. 😉

6 Comments on Assimilation..Maybe it’s Not a Bad Thing?

  1. Christy
    January 24, 2007 at 9:01 pm (11 years ago)

    Welcome to the club! I have been compared to Bree on Desperate Housewives twice last week. Once you get everything organized its much easier to keep up with it.

  2. Megan
    January 24, 2007 at 10:18 pm (11 years ago)

    Hey from Gulfport again! I followed your link from Happy Housewives Club (I’m “PantsMom”) and have to say I absolutely love your blog so far. I could have written this post. Word for word. Of course, my happy 50’s housewife ambitions are still floundering, but I like to consider it a work-in-progress kind of thing… probably stretched out over my children’s next 18 years.

  3. Deanna (Domestic Chicky)
    January 25, 2007 at 11:44 am (11 years ago)

    No, you NEEEED an apron too!! 🙂

    Love your site…welcome to the HHC!!!

  4. Diane
    January 26, 2007 at 6:01 pm (11 years ago)

    Did your husband install that chip in you??
    Where is the Sara I know?

  5. Diane
    January 26, 2007 at 7:10 pm (11 years ago)

    That was my epiphany for 2007! I totally understand this and how accomplished you must feel into it now because I feel the same way. Tend your garden 🙂

  6. Heather
    January 28, 2007 at 8:33 pm (11 years ago)

    Hell, if you’re going to go at it, I say add in the cute apron and high heels too. Might as well look sexy in some hooker heels, right? LMAO


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