In today’s world, it’s extremely common to have two incomes coming into one household. The days of the stay-at-home housewife seem to be a distant memory. Katrina Holte, however, is making it a point to bring the 50s-housewife lifestyle into 2019.
After being married to her husband, Lars, for three years, she was happier than ever – but not with her job. So, she decided to quit her payroll position in 2018 and start living as a 1950s housewife instead.
Holte, 30, has now adapted the 1950s lifestyle into every aspect of her life – including transforming her Hillsboro, Oregon home into a 1950s shrine of sorts.
Now, Holte spends her days cleaning, sewing and making dresses, and making sure dinner is on the table for her husband when he returns home from work as an engineering manager.
“I feel like I’m living how I always wanted to. It’s my dream life and my husband shares my vision,” she told New York Post as a vinyl Doris Day plays on her record player. “It is a lot of work. I do tons of dishes, laundry and ironing, but I love it and it’s helping to take care of my husband and that makes me really happy.”
Although her home is decorated in a mid-century theme and her clothes are all hand-sewn, she doesn’t feel like it’s a kitschy “museum”. Holte feels as if she’s just choosing a lifestyle reminiscent of a simpler time.
“When I look at everything that is happening in the world now, I feel like I belong in a nicer, more old-fashioned time,” she says. “I agree with old-fashioned values, like being a housewife, taking care of your family, nurturing the people in it and keeping your house in excellent condition, so everyone feels relaxed.”
Before leaving her job in the payroll department, the part-time seamstress, who now sells her clothes online, asked her husband permission to leave the workforce.
“I spoke to my husband and told him I want to be a housewife and he said that was fine with him,” Holte said. “It was a fantastic feeling when I quit. I can do what I want to now and run my house as I want to run it. Now I’m a full-time homemaker.”
So, what exactly is Holte’s day-to-day routine now that she’s declared herself a 50s-inspire housewife?
First, Holte begins her day at 6:30 am when she lays out Lars’ clothes, then makes him breakfast and packs his lunch. She’ll then make herself a small breakfast before engaging in 15 minutes of gentle exercise.
“We have the idea today that we have to push our bodies to the limit, but in the 1950s, the attitude was simply that you had to take care of it,” she says. “I have a vintage slant board, which is a small wooden ramp, to do core exercises like situps. I do them for about 10 to 15 minutes a day and they keep me in shape to fit into my 1950s dresses.”
After her short workout, Holte puts on a full face of makeup and styles her hair – including red lipstick and hot rollers.
As soon as she’s all dolled up, it’s time for Holte to do her daily chores of tidying up the house.
“I will then spend a good hour doing the laundry, dusting and sweeping. I make sure everything is kept in its place,” she explains with pride. “After lunch, when my house is tidy and smelling fresh, I will go upstairs and sew either for myself, for my customers or to try out new patterns.”
Around 4:00 pm, Holte will begin cooking ‘supper’ for her husband using only old-fashioned recipes.
“I usually cook recipes from the era like pot roasts or chicken pies and make sure there are vegetables,” she said. “In the 1950s, housewives liked to make sure all the food groups were there.”
Once Lars arrives home from work, Holte serves him a glass of water and a plate of snacks for him to enjoy while she finishes cooking dinner.
“After dinner, we play board games like Scrabble, or watch our vintage shows like ‘I Love Lucy’ or ‘The Donna Reed Show,’ ” Holte says. “Sometimes we read. I like reading 1950s cookbooks and vintage beauty and sewing magazines.”
And although they live a vintage-inspired lifestyle, Holte wants to be clear that Lars is in no way a controlling husband.
“He grew up in a house where he helped his mom with the cooking and the cleaning, so he is not domineering in any way,” she said. “If I did, heaven forbid, have dinner late, he would not make a fuss, but I can tell it means a lot to him that it’s normally on time.”
Holte realizes that people might judge the way she lives, but she tries to live by the Golden Rule.
“I think we, as women, should support each other. If a woman says she wants to be a homemaker, we should not say that’s not right,” Holte said. “What’s right for me might not be right for someone else. We all have to do what’s right for ourselves.”
Holte also realizes that the 50s weren’t perfect, but she respects and admires a time when people were friendlier and created more of a community wherever they lived.
“All the stories I’ve read are about women borrowing dishes or butter from each other, and the neighborhood kids all playing together. You find now neighbors will go from the car to the garage to the house and won’t speak to each other.”
Of course, Holte still participates in many pleasures of today, documenting her lifestyle and providing lifestyle tips on Instagram.
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Source: NY Post