Happy Thursday everyone. Not only is it week two of our Home Comforts Series but it's also day four in my anniversary give away week. There is lots to talk about so let's get started.
Today's subject is routines....daily, weekly and seasonally scheduled cleaning tasks, to be specific.
"Living in your home constantly uses up your good things-food, clean clothes, linens, shiny floor. Housekeeping routines provide for their continual renewal. The best way to begin keeping house is by setting up your routines and schedules...With systematic housekeeping, most of the time you live comfortably; supplies are not exhausted; dirt and laundry do not over accumulate; plans and resources for at home occupations and entertainments are in place. In nonsystematic housekeeping, chores are tended to only when the resources of one the household's systems are exhausted; when there are no clean clothes or linens and there is school in the morning and stale beds tonight; when it is the dinner hour and the cabinet is bare; when dirt and disorder are beyond tolerating." C. Mendelson, Home Comforts
I decided when I started this series that I would be candid with you...no sugar coating or spinning of what my house hold is really like. I am embarrassed to admit that most of my married life has been lived like the latter nonsystematic house. I always thought that if I didn't have to work outside the home I would be more orgainized. Now that I am retired, things have not changed much. In fact, my lack of a schedule in our home is the number one source of grief and arguing between hubby and me.
That makes me think that it might not just be a time issue but a learned behavior issue as well. I really do want to have a home run on a schedule, (not with military precision) one that is prepared for my family and company at any time. I am not talking about a having a house that does not feel lived in with toys or books in use but a house without dust bunnies, cobwebs and grease and grime on the kitchen blinds (just keeping it real).
Does this weekly schedule sound familiar to any of you?
Monday - Washing
Tuesday - Ironing
Wednesday - Sewing
Thursday - Marketing
Friday - Cleaning
Saturday - Baking
Sunday - Rest
Most of us recognize these tasks as part of a cute vintage set of dishtowels but at one time this was how a household was run. Obviously, some of these jobs are no longer necessary but the need for systematic cleaning is still very relevant. C. Mendelson has tweeked this schedule for a more modern household to look like this.
Monday- Washing and ironing (if any)
Tuesday - Marketing
Wednesday - Mini cleaning
Thursday - Odd jobs
Friday - open
Saturday morning - housecleaning
This schedule seems completely doable to me. I can see where combining this with daily strategic "neatening" (making beds, doing dishes, picking up clothes and putting away clutter) would make for less chaos and provide a more enjoyable home. The author provides a great list for seasonal cleaning, too. Those jobs that need to be done monthly, twice a year or annually.
If you are still with me, here are today's questions. Do you have a systematic cleaing schedule in place or do you just wing it (like me) and do what needs to be done as things run out? What has worked best for you? Who was your biggest cleaning influence?
Remember to leave a comment if you would like to win this pretty retro inspired apron and dish towel.