Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Our daily routines

In my housekeeping binder, I keep a list of our daily routine for each day of week. In my binder, the document is about 10 pages long, but I'm going to try and keep it short and sweet here. I got many of my ideas from Large Family Logistics and then changed things to suit our family.

Daily - Morning Routine (Me)
  • Read Scriptures
  • Pray
  • Shower
  • Change Clothes
  • Check Calendar
  • Check Daily List
  • Prepare Breakfast
  • Clean Bathrooms

Daily - Afternoon Routine (Family)

  • Do Daily Chores
Daily - Evening Routine (Me)

  • Prepare the kitchen for breakfast
  • Check Calendar
  • Lay out clothes for tomorrow
  • Read Scriptures
  • Pray
Monday - Laundry Day

Sort, wash and dry with the following categories:
  • Whites
  • Grays/Lights
  • Red/Pinks, etc.
  • Blue/Black/Darks
  • Light Towels
  • Dark Towels
Tuesday - Kitchen Days

Do the following chores every Tuesday in the kitchen:
  • Wipe appliances
  • Clean stove hood
  • Clean top of stove
  • Organize and clean one drawer
  • Organize and clean one cupboard
  • Organize and clean one pantry shelf
  • Remove counter clutter and wipe counter
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Clean top of refrigerator
  • Scrub kitchen sink and faucet crevices
  • Scrub dish drainer
Wednesday - Office Day

  • Balance Checkbook
  • Pay Bills
  • File Papers
  • Plan Menus
  • Plan stops for Town Day
  • Plan Lessons
  • Do any Internet Work
  • Write a letter to a friend
  • Clean desktop
  • Clean one desk drawer or cupboard
  • Put books in order
  • Gather library books
Thursday-Cleaning Day

Instead of making beds, strip them and take the sheets straight to the washer. Do any nappers’ bedding first and remake the beds as soon as the bedding is done.

Do regular Daily chores and dust and vacuum each room. Remake sheets with clean sheets. Reward with a break and a treat and then do deep cleaning.

Deep Cleaning
Focus on one Focus Area at a time. Write them on your calendar.
Do all the tasks in an hour.

Week 1
Dining Room & Kitchen – Clean all surfaces.

Week 2
Bathrooms – Clean corners, cracks, and crevices. Entry Areas – Wipe down the walls and clean in the corners, etc. Straighten bookcases.

Week 3
Bedrooms – Straighten closets and drawers.

Week 4
Living Room and Family Room – Clean inside couches, under tables, behind furniture, etc.

Friday - Town Day

The night before
Lay out clothes and shoes for everyone.

The morning of
Load the crock-pot so you do not have to worry about supper. Everyone has to use the toilet before leaving. Plan the most necessary stops first so if the little children begin to meltdown, you can cut your losses and head home.

Try to eat at home or pack sandwiches and stop for a picnic somewhere.

When you get home
Put any little ones down for a nap first. Have the older children unload the bags while you put them down for nap. Then everyone else goes to Quiet Time.

Put freezer and refrigerator items away. Put everything else away. Get your salad veggies washed. Cut up the dry stuff and toss. Cut tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumber and other moist items at each meal. Rest.

The Next Day
Balance the checkbook again.

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