View on

Creatures of Habit

Are you a creature of habit? I would like to think that I am definitely not. But, I have a sinking suspicion that perhaps I am.

It's like a security blanket of sorts, habits. It's almost mindless. It is preordained. Habits defy decisions. And while some of us love to make them ... others are content, at times, to let others or circumstances do it for us. Especially with something as mundane as ... well, cleaning.

Literally, I was putting away my hand-embroidered kitchen towel that reads, "Monday is for baking," when I began to think about our habits and routines, specifically our domestic routines. I actually love the idea that housekeeping magazines of old suggested:
Monday: Wash Day
Tuesday: Ironing Day
Wednesday: Sewing Day
Thursday: Market Day
Friday: Cleaning Day
Saturday: Baking Day
Sunday: Day of Rest

While I love to think of myself as spontaneous, as I am extremely impulsive, I am most energized with schedules. It's like ... boundaries. Within those boundaries, I can be as impulsive as I want. That is wonderful!

I was re-reading Cheryl Mendelson's book, "Home Comforts," recently and had to chuckle when she said, "I was raised to be a rural wife and mother, but I was born too late to find many openings for farm wives." Now that is a good idea for a book!

But it is true ... in our lives today. Running a well-ordered household seems a little out of date. We all want to be Martha Stewart but laugh at what it might take to have it. With the economy so much on our collective minds of late, I wonder if a little of that old-fashioned domestic attitudes might find their way back into popular culture.

I hope so. For now, it's Thursday and I need to run to the market! :)

You may also like


2007-2016 Stephanie Wilson. Powered by Blogger.