There are admirable women in my life. Women who raised families the "old fashioned way" before technology was the rule. Their homemaker examples and influence fashioned very strongly how I pictured my own homemaking lifestyle.
For me (yes, that is a disclaimer. I am expressing that this is how I feel for myself. I make no claims that every woman should be in line with this way of thinking.) that influence is stronger than just charming nostalgia. For me, it honestly feels like wisdom I could follow to find my own homemaking peace of mind.
So, I am doing a little series on this blog. I will be looking back at how my mother and grandmother and my neighbor and other such ladies kept their homes and families during the eras when homemaking was honored, cherished, and keeping the house was a serious career and daily routine rather than a hurried after thought.
They seemed more joyful and less stressed.
I feel harried almost all the time.
So, my little experiment is to look into the past aesthetics and practices I so admire and see if there is a key to homemaker peace for me.
Hanging Up the Phone
Growing up, my family had one rotary phone hanging on our kitchen wall. It was yellow with a stretched out cord so my mother could carry on with her chores while she talked.
She was still tethered and limited, and phone calls could be costly, so often the phone was just "hung up."
Today, we have cell phones practically attached to our bodies. It has become an absent-minded practice to pick it up for "just a quite check" and find that 15 minutes or more has passed. I can easily waste HOURS-That's right, HOURS-just scrolling through and refreshing facebook.
I need to Hang Up the Phone!
Hubby purchased a charging station. It largely goes unused. It is easier to just plug the cell phone into the nearest outlet wherever I am and continue to use it.
I have decided to dust the old charging station off and use it to do the old fashioned practice of actually hanging up my phone.
I imagine I will get a lot more done and be a lot more efficient and peaceful and focused with my cell phone tucked into its home and away from my easy grasp.