I have the results!!
First, thank you to all of you who gave me such great ideas for my upcoming blog project. There are several ideas I'd like to put into practice in the future--some when I have more focus, some when I want to do something less long term. For the purposes of this go round, though, I've selected my friend Hala's suggestion:
1. Get one of those seriously enormous vintage housekeeping hints/domesticity books. The sort of thing filled with instructions on how to do things that you didn't even know people did (I'm supposed to be sunning my rugs?*) I have like six of these books. I could send you a couple. Also, have at least one modern book, just to check against.
2. Choose one thing or category of thing from the book and do it each week.
Sometimes this thing will be ridiculously out-of-date, and you'll have a funny post. You'll acquire skills on keeping your house in order, though, which you do want anyway. Also, I'd be really interested in your blogging your thoughts on gender and housework and such as they come up.
You can illustrate this whole thing with photos of you in cute retro cleaning outfits you get from etsy.
It would be awesome. A feminist stuck in the suburbs decides to undertake mid-century domesticity
And I'm going to do it for 100 days. That's right. Starting tomorrow, Saturday, May 1, and going through Sunday, August 8, I am going to do my best to become the perfect mid-century housewife.
Rather than using one book as my reference, I'll be using several, and introducing those to you as I go. My plan is to identify several things each week to tackle during that week, then blog to update you on how it's coming. I am not promising posts every single day, but I plan to blog at least five times a week for the weeks in between now and BlogHer (which conveniently falls during the last weekend of the project).
The purpose of this project is several-fold. First, it's something to get my blogging fingers warmed up again. Secondly, my big suburban house is a disaster and I could use a little domesticity. Third, I think Hala was right on that undertaking "mid-century domesticity" is a fantastic project for a feminist stuck in the suburbs. I will laugh, I'll probably cry, I'll definitely snark, and I'll likely learn a few things along the way.
If you have suggestions for the project, please let me know--I'm definitely flexible and I'd love feedback. Look for notes from my first day as a domestic goddess tomorrow!
(Huge thanks to Julia Lutgendorf, who you can visit at www.julialutgendorf.com, for my fabulous 100 Days to a Happy Housewife log!)