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The hazards of getting dressed for work when you stay at home

This week, I am celebrating my 11-year anniversary as a stay-at-home mom. This has been the best job I could ever have hoped for. However, to commemorate this momentous occasion, I also want to point out one of the perils of going to work at home.
When I first started staying home more than a decade ago, it was difficult to motivate myself to get up and get ready in the morning when I had no where to go. Many times, I wouldn’t even take a shower until right before my husband came home from work.
I have come full circle since then. Now, I know that I will feel better about myself if I get up and put on clothes that I like even if I don’t have any plans to leave the house. I even complete my daily outfit with accessories, such as a necklace or a scarf.
But this can also lead to some significant dangers on the job. 
Take for example, the long necklace. Now, we all know it’s stylish to wear a long necklace. But look what can happen when you attempt to cook dinner! There is nothing worse — nothing! — than raw chicken on your long necklace!
Then, there is the fashion scarf. It is cute. It’s stylish. But it is not a practical look for cleaning any part of the house that involves bleach. Just imagine what can happen when the long scarf meets cleaning the toilet. (It gives me shivers just to think about it.)

Finally, there’s the cape. I love my comfy cape with the long, dangly fringe. But I cannot even tell you how many times I have nearly burst into flames trying to bake while wearing the cape. Just imagine the danger of pulling a pan of cookies out of the oven while wearing the long cape!

So, I admit, it is crazy to subject myself to this kind of danger on a daily basis. But I have to say it’s worth it. When I lounge around in my PJs all day, I get grumpy. It’s better to get up, get dressed, go to work and just try my best to survive the accessories!
What about you? Do you like to lounge around if you are going to work at home? Or do you prefer to get dressed for the day?



  1. I do feel much better when I get up & get dressed…but you've caught me today – I'm in dirty jeans, my bra, and a totally zipped fleece jacket – NO SHIRT! – b/c I was going to take a shower as soon as I got back from dropping off Annelise at school… But I sat down at the computer first and ended up having to edit 32 pictures for my mom for the family reunion I'm missing this weekend (felt like this was my contribution :-)) and then my Junior League web work arrived via email, so I got tht done, too… And I still haven't showered. I promise, I'm going in less than 10 minutes, and I will top off my fresh, clean outfit with my signature monogram necklace. 😀

  2. I do get showered & dressed for the days when I'm at home too – but anytime I am at home, I am in shorts, barefeet & a t-shirt… 365 days a year! So no make-up either, hair is usually done but I have very short 30 second hair (put mousse or gel in & go)Anyway, it works for me! But I do get more done when I do that rather than hang out in pj's… Laurel

  3. You crack me up! Seriously though- you are SO right with this! It makes a huge difference if I get up and prepare myself for the day instead of sleeping in until the last second possible. If I know this to be true… why do I have such a hard time doing it?

  4. Emily saw the photos in your post without reading it and in a very incredulous voice asked, "She took pictures of that?!" It's not everyday you photograph a toilet! That aside, I do agree that I feel better dressed and ready to attack the day…so why don't I always do it??

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