A few days ago, I complained about my house... well... hmmm, still pretty much the same- couldn't get the leaf blower started so lets just say, it's still a wreck. My poor husband grew up in the CLEANEST HOUSE YOU'VE EVER SEEN and now he slums it with me in a chaotic mesh of dishes, laundry and children.
If you've never read this article that was supposedly in a 1950's home ec book, take the time to do so...(I knew I took shop for a reason)
1950 Housekeeping Article for wives:
*Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed. ...So I shouldn't send him for take out on his way home???
*Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
*Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. ...I'll try to be interesting but I'm just so ....dull....
*Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dust cloth over the tables. ...this is where the leaf blower helps
*During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
*Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet. ...vacuum?
*Be happy to see him.
*Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
*Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
*Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
*Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work. ...locks have been changed...
*Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
*Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. ....we already have 4 kids, I'll hold off on the soothing voice thing....
*Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
*A good wife always knows her place. ....I can't even begin to address the last 2!!!
Ok, so once I master the good wife thing I will suddenly be capable of cleaning Jeff's castle?
hmmm....I think I just need more baskets from Home Goods. Thoughts? Anyone read this before? Were you totally cracking up and thankful you were born a few decades behind?