But if I must be summed up in a word, "housewife" is the best one.
I've had extra pleasure in using it ever since a feminist type commanded me not to-- for the sake of my own self-respect! Since my self-respect is based more on the need to define myself than on my pride in how well I can follow others' instructions, here we are. A housewife.
I recently looked up the word husband to be sure I could use it as a synonym for steward in the sense that I wanted, and found out something interesting. Y'know how we joke about a house husband-- well, they're ALL that because "hus" means house!
hus·band late Old English (in the senses ‘male head of a household’ and ‘manager, steward’)The word "wife" just means a woman who is doing an occupation. So a "housewife" is a woman whose primary occupation is the upkeep of a house, and "husband" is her male counterpart.
from Old Norse húsbóndi ‘master of a house,’ from hús ‘house’ + bóndi ‘occupier and tiller of the soil.’ The original sense of the verb was ‘till, cultivate.’
Since I live in an apartment, I'll do some more defining. I'll go with "house" as a private establishment which shelters a family and supports the daily activities of all of its members, the good keeping of which makes it possible to live economically.
Haha, oh, I really came over here just to rejoice! I've been so happy lately! Quietly keeping my little place, peeling my little vegies, sweeping my floors, sewing and selling stuff. These are my favorite, most contented days.