I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, and while my amazing Mr.Wright and I are spending a lazy day at home without the kids, I thought I might as well take the time to write it now!
You may have noticed from my “My Week” posts that I schedule in my housework. I don’t schedule it all, but there are certain things noted on my daily pages and also in my monthly calendar.
You may or may not have seen this system posted around the web, or on Pinterest (Which is where I found it). But regardless, I am going to do a quick run down on how it works.
So, I first of all wrote down a list of every job I need to get done within a month. I then split the list into three categories: Daily, Weekly and Fortnightly.
Here’s what they look like:
Wipe Down Bathroom
Wipe Down Surfaces/Walls
After I have my lists sorted, I then start scheduling. All the daily jobs are done daily so I don’t need to write them down (although you can to start off with while you are committing them to memory.) I then pick one weekly task for every day of the week except Thursdays. Like this:
Tuesday: Deep-clean Bathroom/Toilet
Wednesday: Sheets/Duvets (alternating weeks)
Note I don’t schedule things for the weekends as we are generally pretty busy doing family things on the weekends.
The last thing to do is fill up that blank Thursday. This is known as the “Swing Day” and changes depending on what week of the month it is. This is when I do my monthly tasks. So I break them up and schedule them into my calendar like this:
1st Thursday: Clean Oven/Jug/Microwave
2nd Thursday: Clean Car
3rd Thursday: De-Clutter
4th Thursday: Wipe Down Surfaces/Walls
If there are 5 Thursdays in a month then there is a sweet free day off.
Although with my system it’s Thursdays for the Swing Days, I am thinking of changing it to Monday’s next month. Monday is the day I am most motivated, and I am normally more booked with afternoon nail clients towards the end of the week meaning I quite often don’t get my monthly tasks done. Regardless, having it scheduled gets the big tasks off my brain.
This is a very basic housework list. There are a lot of things I haven’t included that I do naturally and don’t need to remember, or schedule to get them done. I have also not included any of the outside stuff that my partner takes care of (he does the whole outside, mow the lawns, water the gardens etc).
Doing my housework with this system splits the things I have to do equally meaning I am not spending my life doing my housework. I spend a little time every day and that’s it.
Do you have a housework schedule? How do you manage a sometimes never-ending chore list? Would you give something like this a try?
Let me know in the comments below.