I’ve never been really good at keeping up on the housework. In fact, I’ve never been any good at it.
Except for a brief period in high school in which we would get paid for doing certain chores at home, and washing the dishes sometimes after supper, I was never required or taught how to really do housework. In college I did the odd dusting and vacuum and laundry (as infrequently as possible) but I still never learned how to keep up.
One day when I was living in my own apartment after college, a vacuum salesman came to the door. He didn’t really have to dump any dirt on the floor. There was enough there (along with cat hair.)
Fast forward to the present, in which we have a whole house to keep tidy and 3 young kids and a bunny to mess it up. I’m feeling the weight of my inability to keep up with the chores more than ever. I want to teach my kids how to do housework and I want them to grow up with chores just being a part of life that should be done joyfully, but how can I teach them what I don’t know how to do?
Last week I re-read Large Family Logistics and made notes about a lot of the cleaning and home management tips. Then I went to List Plan It and found a weekly cleaning schedule page to print off and fill in.
I’m hoping that, if I just give myself small areas of the house to focus on each day of the week, that the home cleaning as a whole will become more manageable for me. Here is the schedule I’ve made for myself and have been trying out this week. I’ve been getting the kids to help in whatever area I’m working on with age-appropriate jobs.
- Tidy living room, TV room, and kitchen of toys, etc, and put it all away
- Put away any jackets and shoes that Josiah has dragged out of the mud room
- Laundry as needed
- Wipe down kitchen counters
- Put away any clean clothes that I’ve been procrastinating doing
- Start a load as soon as possible in the morning if the weather is nice enough to hang it on the line. Since we have different energy costs depending on what day of the week it is, and time of day, I try to avoid using the dryer during the weekdays (since that is the most expensive time to use a lot of energy.) If the weather isn’t looking good to line dry the clothes, I put a load in Sunday night and fold and put it away Monday.
- Wipe off the top of the machines and put away any items that were found in pockets that I just left laying on top of the machines.
- Clear off the counters and island and wipe them and the stove down.
- Sweep the kitchen
- Catch up on dishes; put away what’s dry, wash what needs to be done by hand and load dishwasher
Wednesday-Bed and Bath
- Tidy bedrooms and vacuum if needed (we only use our bedrooms for sleeping so this is very quick)
- Clean toilets, wipe down the tub and sink, sweep and spot-clean the floor and potty stool
- Replace towels
- Empty trash cans if needed
- Throw away any old leftovers and empty diaper pail and kitchen trash, since Thursday is garbage day.
- We get our flyers on Thursday morning usually, so I’ll make the next week’s menu plan based on sales (and what’s already in my pantry)
- Make grocery list
- Make list of any library books I want to look for. We have a very small library, so many times I need to have books I want ordered from other libraries.
- Print off any homeschooling printables I’ll need for the next week
- Clean off my desk
- Do a more thorough cleaning of the downstairs, including vacuuming
- Clean the bunny cage
- Sweep all hard floors and mop if needed
- Vacuum the mudroom
- Clean ceiling fans if needed
- Wash windows if needed
- Tidy up the yard, mow if needed
- Weed the garden
- Clean out the car if needed
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