Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Creating a Homemaking Routine

Creating a routine for my days has really saved my sanity, but it did take some planning to get there.  I would love to tell you that this idea was my own, but it wasn't.  This method of homemaking dates back many years ago, in fact, Laura Ingalls wrote about Ma managing their home this way in her book, Little House in the Big Woods.

I want to share with you a couple of resources that really helped me figure out a routine for managing our home.  Large Family Logistics is an amazing book full of useful and practical information.  Don't let the name fool you, the principles found here apply to families of all sizes.  We are a family of 4 and I loved this book! There is even a newer version available now.

The second resource I want to tell you about is my friend Stacy's homemaking e-course.  This course is what really helped me put all my new knowledge into action and actually formulate a plan I could stick to.  Once you buy the course, you have lifetime access, and you can go at your own pace.

 This is not about creating an unrealistic schedule that is difficult to follow.  This is about creating a routine - a flow to your days, that allows for unplanned and unexpected things to pop up, because let's face it, it happens.  A schedule doesn't allow for those kinds of things.

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The idea is to create a few "must do" daily maintenance tasks and then assign a more specific chore or task to each day of the week.  This way your housework is evenly spread out through out the week instead of hitting you like a ton of bricks on the weekend! Not fun.

On Instagram, I did a series of videos to share how this looks in our home. 

Here's a quick run down of my routine.  Keep in mind this is not about perfection, rather it's a system to keep us from feeling overwhelmed.  I promise, it works.

I like to accomplish certain things each day to help things run a little smoother and help me have the right attitude for the day.  I call these my daily maintenance tasks.

Daily quiet time
Work time
Overall house tidy/pickup
1-2 loads of laundry (start to finish)
At least one kitchen task

Each day of the week is assigned a different task, as follows. 

Monday - catch up day 
Tuesday - errand day 
Wednesday - upstairs cleaning day
Thursday - downstairs cleaning day
Friday - office day 

Creating a routine for my days has really helped free up more of my time. We all know housekeeping is a never ending job, but when we divide it up into bit size goals, we can feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Since I began working from home, I've found it's really hard for me to be intentional with my time if I don't have a plan.  I found myself feeling very scattered and out of sorts.  I felt as though I was working all day, yet nothing was ever really "done".  Have you ever felt like that?

These same principles apply even if you work outside of the home.  I always say if you have a home you're a homemaker, and regardless of what your job is, you still have to manage your home and it can get overwhelming pretty quickly.

Tackling certain tasks each day, either before or after work, or a little bit of both, will allow for a much smoother week and a more restful and fun weekend. Your day off may not fall on the weekend, but whatever day you have off, this will keep you from having to spend that day taking care of all your housekeeping tasks.

I know it seems a little daunting at first, but once you get into the rhythm, you'll be so thankful and relieved that you have a plan in place for your days.  Creating a routine for your home creates freedom.


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