An Example Housekeeping Rhythm

Several readers of this blog really wanted to know what Lovey’s household cleaning rhythms were, and Lovey was gracious enough to reply so I thought I would post it here.  (It is also listed in the comment that Lovey sent in!)

Without further ado, Lovey writes:

Since I no longer maintain a blog, I will post our cleaning schedule here.

Mom:
Monday – kitchen/dining
Tuesday – vehicles (don’t forget this is an extension of your home)
Wednesday – living room
Thursday – basement
Friday – bedroom/bathroom
Sunday – yard

Within this framework I keep a schedule throughout the month so everything gets done. For instance in the kitchen, week one I will polish silver, week two is pantry and shelves, week three is floor and walls, and week for is appliances and cupboards. I have a rotation like this for each room so that in any given month every single area will be cleaned. I also clear out rooms every season gathering donations and changing out decor (and tidying the clutter that inevitably collects).

Dad:
Daily – laundry, dog care
Weekly – yard, maintenance

Child 1:
Monday – trash/recycling, kitchen
Tuesday – trash/recycling, bathroom
Wednesday – trash/recycling, kitchen
Thursday – trash/recycling, sweep & mop
Friday – trash/recycling, sweep & mop
Sunday – wash & iron own clothes, bedroom

Child 2:
Monday – vacuum, sweep & mop
Tuesday – vacuum, sweep & mop
Wednesday – vacuum, kitchen
Thursday – vacuum, bathroom,
Friday – vacuum, kitchen
Sunday – clothes, bedroom

The children have had a chore since about age 4. They progressively got harder as they grew older until by age 10, they were expected to contribute at their current level.

Daily I do a clean sweep picking up stray items throughout the house, gardening, cooking and dishes, and paper sorting.

We also have seasonal chores such as cleaning the siding, shampooing the carpets, washing the screens,etc.

Annual chores include clearing out and organizing the garage and attic, painting, etc.

Since moving to a cleaning schedule years ago, our home has been tidy and organized

Lovey

Thank you Lovey for sharing this as I am sure it will be an inspiration to many readers out there to come up with their own rhythm for housekeeping.

Many blessings and thanks,

Carrie

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11 thoughts on “An Example Housekeeping Rhythm

  1. Hi,
    This is very helpful. However, do you know of someone who can share a rhythmical schedule for parents of YOUNG children? Especially children under 5 years old or preschool? And even esp. homes with only one child.
    Thanks.

  2. I keep a similar routine/rhythm….however, mine does NOT include a husband that does laundry. I shudder at the thought. Laundry is so much more than just throwing clothes in the washer, there are things like different laundering for different fabrics, stain treatment, hanging a certain way to prevent marks, sometimes blocking woolens, and then there is the ironing, ususally best done as soon as they come off the line.

    That’s not to say, that the husband couldn’t or wouldn’t accomplish this as well as the wife…but definitely not in our home! On the blog, “Keeper of the Home”, in the archives, there is a very handy format for a household planner/notebook…. highly recommend this for anyone who would like to become more efficient with time management.

    namaste
    Sidonie

  3. I’d also be interested in reading how to adapt such a routine to life with very littles..1 & 4. The above just sounds overwhelming to me, as getting 1 task done takes twice as long with them underfoot, 3x as long if they help. I think we wouldn’t be able to cover every area within the month. This is one aspect of Waldorf living I’m finding difficult to implement. So tempted to use the tv. Rrrg.

  4. Hi Anne- Marie,
    I have very young children in the home, and remember when it was only one little one. I use a very similar rhythm as above, I think that the details and the how are probably what you are searching for. Start small. Each day build in a certain time, and when that time is done, so are you. I wake before the children to get business and computer work done. Then there is the morning prep (breakfast and my husband out the door) and then my morning work. I make a quick sweep through the house putting away. I have one task per day to add in. But around 8:30, I have to be done to start school work and around 10 I am out the door to be outside until naps.
    I think its important to stick with the rhythm, when its out of whack I don’t do so well. So even if I haven’t “completed” my task, I move on if it feels that the rhythm says its time (meaning that the children are crying, i’m frustrated, people are hungry, etc)

  5. Hi Beth and Anne-Marie

    I have a young (3yo) only child. I too marvel at the accomplishments of housework rhythms such as the one above. I admire folk who can have such organisation and achieve so much!

    Our rhythm is that I too rise before our child so that I can do computer work and meditate/centre myself for the day. Once our child wakes, we welcome the day and have breakfast together. Clean away from breakfast and tidy the kitchen. Then we have a daily housework task; Monday – washing, Tuesday – sweeping, Wednesday – cleaning (bathroom, toilet, mirrors etc), Thursday sweeping and washing (less of both tasks as done earlier in the week), Friday – animal cleaning day (clean out bird cage, rabbits box, chicken coupe, wash out water/feed bowls etc).

    Bins, recycle, compost are emptied as part of the general morning kitchen duty as needed. Wednesday is our bin collection day, so bins is a part of Wednesday morning rhythm whether needed or not.

    Sheets and towels are changed as needed, but most often on a washing day for obvious reasons.

    The basin in the bathroom is wiped around in passing and the toilet given a quick brush around as needed through the week – but the big clean is on Wednesday.

    Tidy and pick up happens before midday rest and evening sleep as part of our ‘moving toward quite time’ rhythm with our ‘oh come ye little gnomes, it’s time to clean your homes’ song. Unless of course there is some major building/development happening in creative play, then the ‘scene’ is left out for continuous play upon waking – but the majority of toys and ‘things’ are collected and put to ‘sleep’ in their ‘homes’.

    Hope this offers some help xxx

    • Thank you Eva, I have always wondered about Manager of Their Home or A Mother’s Rule of Life. Have you reviewed any of these on your blog that I could link to?
      Blessings,
      Carrie

  6. I, too, have used Motivated Moms (http://www.motivatedmoms.com/products.html). When I make sure to print the pages and USE them, my home is cleaner and my life is more organized. Everyone is happier. :) I keep the pages in a binder in case there is a seasonal chore that I don’t get to one week….I can put it on the top of my list for the next week.

  7. Any ideas on managing a home with 3 boys, 2 teens and 7 yo. I am separated from husband but he will not move out of home and of course is not helpful cleaning or otherwise. I also work part-time afternoons and homeschool mornings. I feel any rhythm I make is thwarted as soon as I leave the house to work in the afternoon and I come home to a huge mess. The children are stressed because of my marital situation, me too of course and I hate to dump on them to be my little house cleaners. I have a super tight budget and so I’m adding a winter garden to all my other chores…. Please help me…

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