Do you schedule your day with specific chores?

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Registered: 10-10-2007
Do you schedule your day with specific chores?
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Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:24pm

Being a SAHM, do you have a set daily routine each day of the week at home?

Example:  9am do a load of laundry

                  10am playtime with your child

Or do you schedule your weekly house cleaning or daily chores each day?  Or do you just do then whenever.

This probably sounds odd I am asking this.  I am trying to do better at doing more around the house while I am home, but I feel I need to make a TO DO List or have a strict day to day schedule in order to hold myself accountable to know the house is being maintained.  If I don't make a list or plan, the day kind of slips away, kwim?

What do any of you do each day?  I know Target had and still may have in the dollar section when you enter the store....colorful daily menu planners, or TO Do checklists.  All sorts of type schedules to fill in each week.  I went way out and bought like 2 of each kind because I did not think they would have them once they sell out.

Okay, so it has been a long day, I am lacking sleep and just realized that I am rambling on and on about this topic.  Sorry.  Maybe just needed to talk with other adults Smile

Thanks for reading.  Would love all your ideas.

 

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 9:45am

Maybe I should make an actual schedule.  It's easier to stick to a plan if it's written down, right?  My current "method" (if you can call it that) isn't working out so well right now.  I need to enlist the kids to help.  I need to sit down and make a plan that involves them doing things like cleaning their bathroom, dusting, vacuuming, etc.  I showed Ian how to do laundry over the summer, but he says he forgot. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2000
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 9:42am

There used to be a Fly Lady board here.  I just looked, and it's still here on the Home and Garden channel:  http://www.ivillage.com/forums/home-garden/cleaning-organizing/flylady-followers

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Registered: 05-04-2011

And that was my pared-down list.  Let me know if you want more detail...I could probably make you sick with it.  ;)

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Registered: 10-10-2007
Thu, 03-07-2013 - 1:43am

Thank you for your reply.  I am getting good ideas from everyone on here Smile

 

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Registered: 10-10-2007
Thu, 03-07-2013 - 1:41am

Thanks for replying.  No, I had not looked into Fly Lady schedule, I will look at it now.

Thank you!

 

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Registered: 10-10-2007
Thu, 03-07-2013 - 1:39am

Thanks, Rhae .... I like your daily list.  Gave me some ideas Smile

 

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Registered: 03-01-2013
Fri, 03-01-2013 - 3:59am

Same here, I try to make a daily schedule and really want to have a fixed daily routine to keep things organized and to have a properly managed time. I only have one toddler but it seems I'm having hard time keeping things together, can't imagine how moms with more than 2 kids managed it.

Anyway, my day always involves cleaning the room, fixing the bed, preparing meals, playing with kid, working at home, then an hour of "me" time. Laundry is just once a week (either friday/saturday). My daily chores is never consistent but I try very hard to at least do everything everyday.

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Registered: 05-04-2011
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 3:20pm

Hey Heidi!  I absolutely schedule my day.  Like you, if I don't have a to-do list my day disappears without me even realising.

The way that I prefer to do it is to have a list of daily chores, certain chores for certain days, and less-frequent chores.  My schedule looks something like this:

Daily:
sewwp the kitchen
dishes
empty dishwasher
load dishwasher
wash laundry (2 loads)
dry laundry (2 loads)
fold and put away laundry
5-minute pickup

Weekly:
Monday -- vacuum traffic areas, stairs, downstairs; change sheets
Tuesday -- easy day: water plants, wash teapots, catch up on leftover chores
Wednesday -- wash floors, clean bathrooms
Thursday -- dust; clean walls, lightswitches, doorknobs
Friday -- vacuum traffic areas, bedrooms, stairs
Saturday -- catch up on leftover chores
Sunday -- day of rest!

Less frequent chores are things like changing the matress covers, cleaning the fridge, washing the laundry room floor, etc., and they go on days that seem to fit, or on a Saturday.  I never ever schedule chores for Tuesday or Sundays -- Tuesday is for slacking, and Sunday is for resting.

I like to divide my chores by type of chore, so that every room is at least partially clean every day and so that I'm not hauling out the vacuum every day, but some people prefer to split up their week by rooms: bedroom on Monday, kitchen on Tuesday, bathrooms on Wednesday, and so forth.

I don't really have a schedule as far as hours of the day goes, because it inevitably gets screwed up and then I get stressed, so I try to take it as it comes.

Hope this helps!  Best of luck making your days more productive.  :)

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Registered: 07-27-2012
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 2:04pm

No, I don't schedule things like that.  I do sweep and vacuum each day.  A load of laundry seems to get done every other day. 

Have you ever looked at the Fly Lady's cleaning schedule/zones?  I remember thinking about trying it, but the zones didn't make a whole lot of sense to me at the time.  I know people who swear by her method, though.