Not entirely-technology is not the enemy. I just think that it can be a huge waste of time and I want to spend more time with my family, making memories, doing work with my hands besides typing and browsing, and just living more.
Life is so precious and time is flying by. I can tell you I won't remember what pin I saw on Pinterest or what a blog post said in ten years. I will just know I had wasted a ridiculous amount of time. Time that I could be spending with my child. I do not want to live this way.
So I'm changing that because only I can. I'm disconnecting for two weeks and doing a little project that I have been wanting to do for a couple years. Then after two weeks I will slowly add back in technology.
I will be limiting my internet time to 1 hour a day. Does that seem like a lot? Maybe, but compared to how much time we spend collectively throughout the day I think it will not be a big cut back. That 1 hour will include blogs, Facebook, pinterest, google, and anything else online. If this one hour seems like too much I will cut it down to less. But never more than one hour.
This project I speak of is something I am so very excited about! I had read about it on a blog called jenbutneverjenn.com
Jen goes all out and sticks to the schedule of a housewife, dresses, cooks, and cleans, and even doesn't use her dishwasher(gasp!) like a real fifties housewife. She does this for two weeks then reflects back on her experience and decides to implement some of the changes into her life and toss some others.
I'm doing the fifties housewife project for two weeks also but I'm doing it my way. Keeping some things and giving up others for the two weeks. I think there are a lot of lessons that we can learn from the lifestyle our Grandparents or parents lived.
I will be off Facebook and the internet for two weeks. With the exception of using pandora to listen to music of the era.
So here it is:
50's housewife project.
1. Create a clean, comfortable home.
2. Provide healthy, home cooked, from scratch meals.
3. Be economical and be frugal
4. Put extra effort into my appearance.
5. Make our home and home life as comfortable and pleasant as can be for my breadwinner, so that he can succeed.
Things I'm giving up:
-facebook and texting, pinterest, email and any other internet or technology luxuries. If someone needs to get ahold of me or visa versa they can call or write me a good old fashioned letter :)
-credit/debit card-I'm paying cash but will keep it on me for emergencies.
- most tv. There were tv's but they just didn't watch as much as we do so my tv time will be very limited.
Things I will not give up( that they probably didn't have)
-dishwasher- sorry, been there done that.
-cell phone. Conversations will be kept short, but since I don't have a home phone I do need to have a way for others to contact me.
- pants. Sorry I'm not wearing a dress every day. But I will wear a dress to church and maybe one other time throughout the week.
-pandora. I would use the radio but there just aren't any stations on our radio that play fifties era music.
I will try to stick to a common housewife schedule from the 1950's. I've revised it a bit to fit my sweet Zacharys schedule also. This will include:
1. waking up earlier than my husband- about 6:45ish
2 . Take a minute to make myself presentable and freshen up.
3. Make a nutritious breakfast for my dear husband and send him on his way.
4. Make breakfast for Zachary and myself
5. Clean up breakfast
6. Exercise- go for a brisk walk, or jog, and do crunches, and arm reps
7. Get Zach and I a snack
8. Begin daily chores
-make beds, tidy bathrooms, laundry, dishes, tidy bedrooms and living rooms
9. Do a large chore: vacuum and mop, dust, deep clean bathrooms, ironing, clean fridge and stove,
10. Play with Zach
11. Lunch with Zach and clean up lunch
12. Put Zach down for nap
13. Relax for a half hour: nap, watch tv, read,visit with friend, write letter
12. Look over dinner menu and begin any dinner preparations: thaw meat, chop veggies, make bread, make dessert.
14. Work on daily chores: fold laundry, unload dishwasher
15. Do make up and hair.
16. Wake up Zach, feed him and play with him. Run errands if I need to.
17. Greet dear husband when he arrives at home. And ask about his day.
18. Go on a walk with my family, spend time outside.
19. Prepare dinner. Clean up dinner, do dishes.
20. Enjoy evening.