Craving a more simple life? Living a more vintage life may be the answer. There is so much we can learn from the housewives that came before us.
Originally Posted: 5/26/14
I’ve always been enamored with the ’40s and ’50s. Even as a kid I watched a lot of Nick at Nite and was very interested in the time periods. Sure TV glamorizes the time, sexism and racism were rampant and most women weren’t really cleaning the house in heels and pearls but I see no reason to throw the good out with the bad.
I long to be able to put on a dress, heels, and pearls and go sit in a soda fountain. My small Oklahoma town did have a soda fountain while I was growing up but sadly it closed several years ago. Coffee shops are great but I’d much rather sit on a barstool at a soda fountain drinking a shake, even if I am a bit lactose intolerant.
There is a very cute cafe (see in the photo above) in a town near me, I had high hopes but the shakes were not as good as the decor. They used soft serve ice cream, this is not how you make a shake! They do however have their own chocolate soda which makes a pretty amazing float.
Over the last several years I’ve learned that I’m not alone in this love and that many still try to live a more vintage life. While I have no plans to get rid of Netflix, my laptop, or smartphone, I do want to incorporate more vintage into my life and I have some tips for you if you want to join me.
How to Live a Vintage Life
Unplug More Often
When you are away from home try to skip pulling out your phone and getting on social media. We tend to feel like we need to be connected at all times but we don’t.
Most texts aren’t urgent and we don’t need to check social media every hour. We are spending more time online than living our actual life.
Social media can also cause us to compare our lives to others and this can make us unhappy. What we are comparing isn’t even someone’s full life, it’s just a snapshot of likely the best parts.
Have a Cleaning Schedule
We tend to keep really busy these days and that often means our homes suffer. Creating a cleaning schedule that works for you can help.
I like to do my main cleaning on Sunday that way we start the week with the house clean. I then do extra cleaning tasks and normal picking up throughout the week.
If you want some vintage inspiration, be sure to check out the 1950’s Housewife Cleaning Schedule. It’s more than you likely want to do every day but it may give you some motivation
Dress the Part
If you love these eras you likely love the fashion and there are some great online shops out there making vintage-inspired clothing. These are some of my favorites-
If vintage-inspired fashion isn’t your thing, consider at least ditching the yoga pants and getting some cute house dresses or other outfits that look more put together but are still comfortable.
We can learn a lot from our past and sometimes it’s nice to put those things we learn into action. Adding these things to my life has been very beneficial, I’m sure you will find some benefits here as well.
Want to dive deeper? Check out How to be a 1950s Housewife.