Monday, March 7, 2011

Homemaking Schedule

How many of you ladies out there in blog land have a schedule for your day? I think some of us keep them in our heads. Others of us just fly by the seat of our pants. Unfortunately, for some of us, we don't get a lot accomplished without a to-do list. Some of us wifes have housework ADD and are always finding other things to do and getting off track. I have good days and bad days when it comes to getting things accomplished. This has a lot to do with my energy level and my health. But if I could have an "ideal" day and an "ideal" schedule, this is what it would look like:

My Schedule

Morning Routine:

7:00 Rise and Shine (well, try to shine)
Coffee and Bible
7:30 Shower and Dress
8:00 Treadmill
8:30 reboot dw and washer and dryer
Check email/blogs, etc.
9:00 Breakfast/Vitamins
Start School with dear daughter
Shine Kitchen sink
Make bed (bedrooms are upstairs and it seems we rarely do this)
Swish toliets
Spray down showers
Wipe sinks and counters
Replace hand towels

Check Email
Craft-Scrapbooking, crochet, etc. (You know, a little "me" time)

Time with Family

Evening Routine:

Get Coffee pot ready for A.M.
Clean up dishes/run dw
Wipe down stove
Wipe down tables
Sweep kitchen floor
Replace hand towels
Shine sink

Straighten up house – 15 minutes max

Lay out clothes for tomorrow
Put away any clean clothes
Wash face/moisturize
Check Calendar
Snuggle time

Daily Chores:

Monday – Groceries, Errands, Ironing/mending, if any (does anyone really iron any longer?)

Tuesday – Kitchen day-wipe down appliances, clean and organize one drawer, clean and organize one cupboard, clean and organize one pantry shelf, remove counter clutter and clean counter, clean out fridge of all science projects, wash one shelf or drawer, windex windows, scrub sink and faucet, dust, vac and mop, clean trash can, empty all household trash baskets, take trash and/or recyclables to curb

Movies 7 Night if appropriate (that's our local cheapie theater where we get a good break on price and an even better break on tickets and refreshments on Tuesdays)

Wednesday – Sweep porch and deck, clean deck furniture, wipe down doors with windex, water plants, clean mirrors and glass surfaces, shake out rugs/wash, clean kitchen desk area

Church Night - something in the Hub for dd and sometimes a new life training class for us. We are considering attending a small group on this night in the future.

Thursday – Upstairs Day-vac and dust, mop baths, clean showers, tubs, sinks, and toilets, change bed linens, wash rugs?

Family Fun Night-Movie and Popcorn, Board Games, Wii, Walk in neighborhood or park,

Friday – Main Floor Day-vac and dust, mop, dust cabinets, clean main bath and laundry, pick up foyer clutter, dd to vacuum both stairs

Borders or BAM night (we love hanging out at the bookstore, enjoying a cup of joe and socializing with each other and friends)

Saturday – Media Room/Basement Day-clean basement bath, pick up and vac media room, yardwork?

Sunday – The Lord's Day-ABF and church, Meal planning/grocery list/coupons, time with family

Monthly Chores:

Week One: Clean fridge, clean baths
Week Two: Clean oven, main windows (My oven is badly neglected)
Week Three: Clean upstairs windows
Week Four: Dust and clean baseboards, chair rails, trim, etc.

Quarterly Chores:

1. Clean dresser drawers (rid of unneeded items)
2. Clean out closets (rid of unneeded items)
3. Vacuum under furniture
4. Clean china cabinet
5. Clean, rearrange and organize cupboards and pantry (rid of unneeded items)
6. Dust Study shelving
7. Dust alcove shelving
8. Clean entertainment centers of all dust
9. Clean craft room


1. Hose off/vacuum window screens and clean window tracks
2. Clean/change furnace filters
3. Clean dryer vents
4. Clean garage


1. Wash curtains
2. Shampoo/steam clean carpets
3. Wash walls/woodwork
4. Touch up with paint
5. Pressure wash sidewalk, porch, steps, driveway, deck, house, fence, outside furniture
6. Rake yard of leaves and debris

Does my life operate this way? No way. But there is hope for this Chaos Cottage. Downsizing to a smaller home will make keeping house a lot simpler. We are decluttering our lives of a lot of junk that takes up a lot of space. We have to do this for a smaller home, but it will also make homemaking so much easier for me.

Do you have a schedule? Please share.


1 comment:

Becky said...

I have become a fly by the seat of my pants gal. This semester there is no real pattern emerging which makes it hard to plan my day. I really do not like it, but nothing I can do to change it. I have to take each day as it comes and do the best that I can. It is amazing to me that the Lord gives me the strength to get through each day.