A couple of weeks ago, I posted my housekeeping loop plan – a list of chores that I work through a little at a time. They include the “heavier” cleaning chores, like dusting, mopping, and wiping kitchen cabinets. That list takes me on average about two weeks to get through. And I must point out that when I say I “get through the list in two weeks”…. I actually don’t. I skip several things on that list every week: sometimes because I decide it doesn’t need doing, sometimes because I run out of time or just don’t feel like doing it. The list is really more of a goal than an actual set-in-stone-this-is-how-we-do-it list. Also, as I pointed out in that post, I limit myself to a 30-minute stretch of housework per day, during which time I just work through the list. Obviously, I could spend way more time, but there is only so much time I want to dedicate to cleaning!
Of course, there is a lot more to keeping a household running than the deeper cleaning jobs, and the heart of my system is really my daily checklist. I start working on this in the morning before our lessons and continue when I have a free moment here and there. I don’t always get to all of this either, I just like having a list to help me remember what needs doing. I actually have three lists, one for morning, one for noontime, and one for late afternoon.
- Set out breakfast makings & vitamins
- Quick tidy of downstairs
- Unload dishwasher
- Morning “farm chores” – my husband does these
- Start a load of laundry
- Make bed, tidy bedroom – the kids do their own rooms
- Water houseplants
- Sweep downstairs, vacuum as needed
- Quick wipe down of bathrooms – sinks & toilets
- Pick up kitchen & wipe counters after breakfast
- Check that kids have completed chores – they are in charge of their rooms and feeding the pets
- Sort mail
- Work on laundry
- Make & clean-up lunch
- Quick tidy up
- Animal care jobs – refilling water and goat hay, gathering eggs, and exercising the dog (the kids do these)
- Dinner prep – sometimes I need to get the crockpot going or do some other early prep if we are going to be out until dinnertime
- Pack to go out- if we are heading out later I like to start getting ready now- sports gear, snacks, water bottles, library books, shopping lists, etc..
- Empty dishwasher
- Check on animals – Provide new bedding & clean water as needed, collect eggs
- Tidy up house
- Finish laundry & put away
- Jot something down in journal about today
- Make dinner & clean-up
- Feed dog, shut up outdoor animals for night
Laundry is really an all day affair. My laundry post is still very relevant. We have three goats, 21 chickens, 5 ducks, a dog, cat, and a fish…. that is why there is so much animal care built into our days!