One of my most valuable tools as an increasingly busy housewife and homeschooling mom is knowing the schedule of cleaning. If I give myself one or two tasks for each day, cleaning room-by-room throughout the week, I know what needs to be done, when it last was done, and when I can look forward to doing that job again. Each morning it is easy to check in with my kids and let them know what chores are being done that day.
I got the idea from Laura Ingalls Wilder – Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday… I don't actually iron much though. When I tried it on as an idea, I was amazed by how much it helps the flow of our house, and happily surprised by how much cleaner our house stayed throughout the week.
After the birth of Baby-Bug at the end of October, and the Holidays throwing everything out of kilter, I have spent most of January getting back on track and making adjustments to the schedule so that it fits with our family of five, laundry for a cloth-diapered baby, and our homeschool & activity schedule. As I have discovered and re-discovered each time our schedule has slipped, this rhythm makes every day a little easier for me (and therefore easier for everyone else).
I realize that this kind of routine or schedule might not work for everyone, but it's such a cornerstone of my housekeeping sanity, that I have collected all my related posts here, in one post for easy reference.
The Housekeeping Week – in which I get things started.
Organizing My Chores – how I made our schedule in detail.
And the Schedule, day by day.
Here's to clean houses and sane home-keepers!