Last February was a difficult month for me. Like many in this failing economy, I found myself without a job. I was stressed and frustrated and knew that it would be very difficult to find another job when the competition was over 7% of the state's workforce. Master wasn't going to let me stay frustrated though.
Shortly after my job loss, he came up with a plan. Our dream was going to be reality a little sooner than we had planned. He took on more work to make up the difference in pay and I was to become his stay-at-home submissive. A change in lifestyle not to be entered into lightly. It has proven to be a difficult change, indeed.
I was brought up to work. My work ethic was relatively strong and I got a lot of personal fulfillment out of working. I like the satisfaction I get out of completing a task and getting praise for it. I'm good at working and figured I'd be doing it for a lot of years to come. I wasn't raised that home care was work, they were chores and chores were to be hated and disdained. They were something you had to do to get to the fun stuff. It wasn't work.
Master works from home already. I was going to essentially enter into his domain during the day. I was there to please him as well as maintain the home to a higher standard than it was being held to. I was going to have to learn to find the joy in cleaning and being home a lot.
My first couple of weeks were spent cleaning the house sort of mishmash. In reality, I just was catching up on the household chores that I rarely got to when I was working. I started to feel good about the way the house was shaping up but I needed a routine. I found myself watching too much TV and doing even less work once the place was picked up.
That just wasn't going to cut it. I sat down with FlyLady.net and my own Home Management binder that I made several months ago with an intention to follow it. I worked over my daily and weekly chore lists. I elaborated on them, added to them and rearranged them for my new life at home. I had to work in my website work in the afternoons so my housework became first priority in the mornings.
I started a list of things I'd like to accomplish short term and long term. I wrote down my dreams and goals as a stay-at-home submissive. They looked something like this:
- Start doing laundry more than once a week
- Keep the dished washed, dried and put away daily
- Make the living room suitable for drop in visitors
- Maintain the litter box better
- Really work hard on re-starting my diet and exercise routine
- Find cost effective home cleaners that are eco-friendly
- Learn sewing and craft skills to make or repair items rather than purchasing new
- Develop and wear a home uniform that Master would like to see me in
- Learn a higher level of protocol and service
- Prepare more meals at home, for less
- Learn canning and other food storage options
Now, this was just a start to my stay-at-home dreams. I knew that I had a long way to go and I still don't know where to start some days. But the transition still develops along with the effort needed. I've started learning and experimenting with old fashioned cleaners like baking soda and vinegar and tested my own laundry powder successfully. I'm also making more effort to cook and prepare more meals at home. My routine is starting to come together.
I'm a year into my new life and I'm beginning to see patterns in what I do on a daily and weekly basis. I feel less stress than I did while working and I can see an immediate improvement on Master's life. He's happier, smiles at me more often, appears to have less stress at work and I can see he enjoys having me at home. His dominance is stronger as well.
I have floundered and had a few days where I just sat in front of the TV all day, but these are not going to be common. I'm trying to establish a routine that will work for both of us. I've had difficult days and stressed over little things. I've cried because I miss work, even though I do have a 'job' now it's still not in me as work. Master has been patient through it all. He's helping me see my new position as the best of both worlds. I get to work on my own terms and be with Master every day, all day.
Overall it has been a positive change, even if it wasn't planned to happen right now. We are rolling with the change, making it work for us and honestly, are very happy with how things are developing for us. Staying-at-home is work, but work that I can feel good about because it is improving our personal life and enhancing our dynamic. Dreams have become reality and more dreams are on the horizon. Anything can happen!