Thursday, March 1, 2012

One Simple Thing-Cleaning Routine

"Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing
is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing."

-Phyllis Diller

When it comes to personal satisfaction,
we all have our standards.
I feel blessed to be able to give of myself
by creating a tidy home and scratch cooked meals.

I'm no slouch.

One of the first things that happened when I became a
household manager (never cared for the term "housewife")
and homeschooling mom
was  that we developed a schedule.
It happened without really thinking about it.
It's worked brilliantly for us these past 11 years.
And the best part is that my day is filled with satisfaction, not stress.

On Mondays, 
the bathrooms are cleaned
and all the tile floors in the house 
are vacuumed and mopped.
A load of dark clothes is washed and line dried.

On Tuesdays,
the kitchen is scrubbed and sanitized.
This includes cleaning the fridge once a month or so.
As we are usually home on this day of the week,
baking some delicious morsel is added to the list of tasks.
Light colors are laundered and dried outside.

On Wednesdays,
white clothes are washed
and the whole house gets dusted.
Time is also taken to nurture indoor plants.

On Thursdays,
 the tile, carpet and upholstered furniture get a good sweeping
with the vacuum.
Towels and rags get washed and dried in the dryer.

On Fridays,
the last load of laundry for the week is completed.
Beds are stripped and remade
with sheets fresh from the clothesline.
This day is also used to make out the grocery list
and print out any coupons needed.

On Saturdays,
groceries are purchased for the week's meals.
Thanks to the menu-by-the-month plan,
it's easy to get the shopping done.
(Although I have to admit,
I don't look quite this enthusiastic.)

The rest of the weekend is mine for
field trips

All images found here.

One Simple Thing