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Katrina Holte gets up every morning at 6.30am to lay out her husband's clothes before heading downstairs to make him breakfast and prepare a packed lunch for him to take into the office.

She then spends her day cleaning, doing laundry and ironing before starting preparation for the couple's evening meal, which is always cooked from scratch and on the table on time.

But her average day is very, very different to a year ago after she quit her job to become a full-time 1950s inspired housewife to look after her engineering manager husband, Lars, 28.

Katrina, 30, used to work in a busy payroll department but decided to give up her career in favor of a vintage lifestyle after being worn down by the day to day stresses of an office.



"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.
"My husband is very appreciative of what I do. 
"He grew up in a house where he helped his mum with the cooking and the cleaning, so he is not domineering in any way. He’s the most gentle person I have ever met.
"If I did, heaven forbid, have dinner late, he would not make a fuss, but I can tell it means a lot to him that it's normally on time. 
Her day starts at 6.30am when she wakes and sets out her husband’s clothes, ready for the day ahead, before preparing his breakfast and making him a packed lunch.


After her own breakfast, she does 15 minutes of vintage exercises.
"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,” Katrina explained.
"I have a vintage slant board, which is a small wooden ramp, to do core exercises like sit ups. I do them for about 10 to 15 minutes a day and they keep me in shape to fit into my 1950s dresses.

"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.
"After my exercises I will go upstairs to take my shower and put on a full face of vintage make up. I use vintage products like Pond's cold cream and Revlon red lipstick and have well-drawn eyebrows, as well as using traditional hot rollers to curl my hair. 
"My entire wardrobe is 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. They are so flattering and I love the colours and fabrics. I just feel happy when I put them on.
"I will then spend a good hour doing the laundry, dusting and sweeping and making sure everything is clean and tidy. I make sure everything is kept in its place.

She explained: “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.

2 Comments

  1. Wow, that's definitely something.

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    1. Truly, it is. i wonder how many would be willing to do such a thing.

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