A few weeks ago, Mary began posting a three part update on her Cycles of Grace Notebooks. This got me into the mood to revamp my homemaking routines to try to get back on a schedule after doing the bare minimum of cleaning during my first trimester of pregnancy and Lenten Cleaning. During this season of my life where I have little ones, our house isn't ever going to be spotless. However, I have found that if I can keep on top of the laundry, tidy up as we go through the day, and keep the kitchen in basic order, things look pretty good! The good news is that if we have a difficult morning and I can't get everything done, I'll have a second chance in the afternoon or evening or even the next day (as I type this, last night's dinner dishes are in the sink waiting to be washed with this morning's breakfast dishes)!
As far as my weekly cleaning routine goes, cleaning in our house generally means tidying up, dusting, and vacuuming in the living areas and in the bathrooms and kitchen disinfecting counters, sinks, tub/shower, and toilet and washing the floor). I save deeper cleaning and organizing for three or four times a year (Great Lent (March/April), the Apostles Fast (June), Dormition Lent (August), and Nativity (November/December).
I know that many of you are much better homemakers than I am and will laugh at my little lists:) That is okay! I will probably re-write these routines millions of times in my career as a homemaker and each time those routines will fit the situation that our family finds itself in. My main goal is to make our house a comfortable, clean, and happy place that my husband and children want to be in. If you have homemaking lists, I would love to see them!
Daily Homemaking Routines
- Tidy Kitchen
- Tidy Bedrooms and Master Bath
- Homemaking Project
- Tidy Kitchen
- Tidy Downstairs
- Tidy Kitchen and Sweep Floor
- Take Out Garbage and Recycling
- Beautify Surroundings
Notes: Each time laundry appears on my list doesn't necessarily mean that I am just washing clothes. Often, in the morning, I will throw in a load, put it into the dryer in the afternoon, and then fold and put it all away in the evening. I try to have all of our laundry put away before bed... otherwise, it gets piled up everywhere and is a truly daunting task as the mound grows!
Weekly Cleaning Routine
- Monday: Clean Bathrooms and Wash Towels
- Tuesday: Clean Bedrooms, Upstairs Hallway, Steps and Wash Sheets
- Wednesday: Clean Living Room, Play Room, and Dining Room
- Thursday: Clean Kitchen and One Appliance
- Friday: Clean Office, Entrance, and Laundry Room