Woman Quit Her Job To Live As A 1950s Housewife
She believes she was born in the wrong era and decided to turn the clock back to the 1950s.
30-year-old Katrina Holte decided she'd had enough of our era. She quit her job to live as 1950s housewife, in her home decorated in the 1950s style, wearing dresses she makes herself from 1950s patterns.
I feel like I'm living how I always wanted to. It's my dream life and my husband shares my vision.
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, she said.
She cooks, cleans, takes care of her husband, and in her spare time, she makes her own 1950s dresses.
My closet is full of 1950s dresses I've made myself. I have 1940s-style furniture in the living room and a traditional bedroom. It's not like it's a museum but I do try and make it as close to the era as I can. I can feel like I was born in the wrong decade, especially when I look at everything that is happening in the world now. I feel like I belong in a nicer, more old-fashioned time. But I know everything happens for a reason and it is God's will that I'm here now.
When her husband Lars arrives home, everything is in order and dinner is ready. After they eat, they relax, play traditional board games like Scrabble, and watch old-fashioned shows like I Love Lucy and The Donna Reed Show.
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.
Katrina quit her job as a seamstress and now sells retro frocks she makes herself.
My new life started in September 2018, after I left my job, which was starting to wear me down. I was getting tired and I wasn't living up to my own expectations.
I spoke to my husband and told him I want to be a housewife and he said that was fine with him.
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.
Her day begins at 6.30 AM, when she wakes up, sets up her husband's clothes, makes him breakfast and packs his lunch. She then has her breakfast, followed by 15 minutes of vintage exercise.
Exercise in the 1930s to 1950s was a lot gentler. There was a lot of stretching, warming up or 'limbering up,' as they would say back then.
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.
Afterward, she has a shower, puts on a full face of vintage makeup, and a dress from the 1950s. My entire wardrobe is the 1950s, made up of dresses I have made myself from original patterns. I always try and look my best. I feel most like myself when I'm wearing a vintage-style dress, she says.
She does chores around a house, works a little on her dresses, and makes sure dinner is ready for when Lars arrives home. Unlike other men in the 1950s, Lars hangs up his own coat.
When Lars gets home he likes to hang his own coat up, which I don't mind. I read in a 1950s book that if a man wants to hang his own coat up, you should not feel like it makes you a bad housewife.
They don't watch cable or streaming channels and put the TV away when they're not using it, so as not to mess up the decor of the room.
Katrina says it was her idea to live like this, and her husband supported her decision.
I think a man needs his wife to make him feel spoilt every once in a while.
He would never expect this from me, though, it was entirely my idea to live like this. It's always been my dream since I was a little girl.
In a way, Lars is serving me, because he makes a lot more money than I do and he knows this is what I want to do in return.
He works very long hours and makes my dreams come true, so I try to make his come true, too. It's an equal partnership. I'm outspoken and I'm definitely not a repressed woman.
She knows that the 1950s weren't perfect, but the values from that era appeal to Katrina.
The golden rule then was to do to others what you want them to do to you. No decade is perfect, definitely we had big social problems in the 50s, but the people I talk to who lived through the era say it was a time when you could leave your door unlocked and you didn't need to worry about people breaking in.
People today have forgotten how to talk to people they don't agree with and they have lost all their manners. They are always in a rush, they don't remember to say please and thank you. Nowadays people are looking out for themselves and not thinking about the people around them.
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.