Struggling with figuring out when to get to your housekeeping chores? Here are 7 ways to fit housekeeping into your day …
Have you ever wondered when you should get to your housekeeping chores?
Whether or not you plan on a weekly cleaning time or daily deep cleaning chores, housework still needs to get done every day. (Tend to dirty dishes at a very minimum!)
But when do other homemakers do their housekeeping?
This fall, I asked my e-mail subscribers to share their daily routines with me. More than 60 of them did, and I’ve studied their responses to find how and when others manage their homes. In comparing all of their daily routines, I found 7 common housekeeping trends:
1. Many people tend to do some kind of work first thing in the morning.
Whether it involves making the bed, starting a load of laundry, or emptying a clean dishwasher while coffee is brewing, some homemakers do some kind of small chore around the house in the first hour of their day.
2. If you’re at home, work around the house happens throughout the day.
- Retirees with much more free time have daily cleaning routines in place and certain days to clean certain things.
- Stay-at-home moms with babies and toddlers tend to fit in housework around their children’s daily schedules.
- Women who work from home and homeschooling moms fit in little chores (like switching over laundry) during lulls in their day.
Much of the homemaking done at this time involves running errands, starting supper preparation, laundry, picking up around the house, vacuuming and dishes.
3. If you leave the home to work, you’re (obviously) away at work all day long.
Daily housework for working women is typically essential chores, like dishes. Any substantial work around the home tend to happen on weekends, when you have extra time.
4. During the afternoon, the most common housework that gets done is wrapping up any projects, a quick pick-up around the house, and dinner preparation.
5. Between 4 and 6 each day, the most common things people do are come home from work, pick kids up from school, help with homework, and prepare supper.
6. After dinner, homemakers wash dishes (again!), prepare lunch – and possibly dinner – for the next day, get clothing ready for the next day, as well as anything for school or work.
7. Before bed, some homemakers choose to straighten up the kitchen one last time, put away laundry, or make sure the whole house is tidy.
Creating a way to manage your homemaking
As a homemaker, you may have a fantastic daily routine in place that helps you stay on top of your homemaking chores. On the other hand, you may feel like you’re drowning in busyness and a lack of focus. Or, you might be somewhere in the middle.
I think any homemaker has room to improve and make their homemaking a little more efficient and effective. I also think the best way to figure this out is to get ideas from others. Ask friends about what they do. Ask mentors for advice.
In all of the answers and advice you get, you’ll be able to pick out some good ideas that might work for you. Don’t be afraid to try something new – and if it doesn’t work, scrap it. But if it does work, make it a regular part of your homemaking.
If you don’t have a network of friends or mentors to ask – and even if you do! – I highly recommend this year’s Homemaking Ministries’ online conference, Balance in Homemaking.
The conference starts Oct. 25 – but is available for instant download anytime once the live conference takes place. I’ll be there, speaking about Balance in Housekeeping. I can’t wait to share what has worked (and what hasn’t worked!) in my own home!
Even though I’m comfortable with my homemaking, I still look for ideas from others. I’m most excited to listen and learn from:
- Jami Balmet about how to find balance in our days;
- Jennifer Ross about balancing priorities;
- Angie Tolpin about balance in relationships;
- Jolene Engle about balance in marriage;
- Stacy Myers about balance in meal planning; and
- Kelly Smith about balance in healthy eating.
Seventeen women will lead 20 different conference sessions over four days. (And they’ll lead discussions in a private Facebook group after each session.) I’m getting ready to learn and put some new ideas into practice in my home. Will you join me?
When do you fit homemaking into your day?
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