Friday, August 6, 2010

Homekeeping Schedule

When we get back to homeschooling, my homekeeping schedule gets a bit more rigid.  I feel very disorganized, chaotic and mentally stressed out if I don't have a conscious understanding of what needs to get done and what my priorities are.  So here is my homekeeping schedule and I have been following this up until my back injury but will return to it when we return to homeschooling.

Monday - dishes, wipe counters
Tuesday - 3 hour cleaning marathon; ALL laundry
Wednesday - dishes, wipe counters
Thursday - dishes, wipe counters
Friday - dishes, wipe counters

As you can see, every day but Tuesday is just washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen counters.  I've learned, if you clean the whole house one day a week, that is sufficient.  Unless of course, you are a slob lol!  Also, I set rules for my daughter that she can't bring any toys or papers, etc into the common areas unless she asks permission and then cleans up afterwards.  That way I don't have toys, papers and the like strewn all over the house!

My Tuesday 3-hour-marathon cleaning is where it all gets done.  I've done it this way up until I injured my back and it works.  I do both bathrooms - toilets, counters, floors, mirrors; Vacuum all floors, sweep and mop all others; Dust; straighten.  While homeschooling during the day and through the evening, I do all the laundry and then fold Tuesday night.  I can tell that Tuesday night is the most rewarding feeling when its ALL done!  ;-)

For fall and spring cleaning - those things take me a week of cleaning everyday and I have yet to do my fall cleaning and hoping I will be able to but if not - honestly, the walls and under the stove, etc. can wait till spring.

My daughter cleans her room and I only go in there twice a year (every 6 months) to organize, sort and go through her clothes.  Like for instance, every fall and spring I go through her clothes and shoes and store whatever doesn't fit anymore and do an inventory of what she needs.  Next month we will be doing all that, so maybe I can share a bit more on that later.

Weekends are when I do extras I may want to do and I also take a glance at what's ahead for the homeschool that coming week.  Weekends are our families - whatever days.  We are busy with church activities and yard work.

As far as meals go - I can tell that you from April-July I only cooked 3 times!  That was thanks to my freezer/batch cooking.  I used to cook about 90 days during that time and to go from 90 to 3 - whew! Gotta love that once-a-month-cooking!  I'm planning to do my next month's meals next week and even want to try sometime this winter, doing 2 or 3 months worth of freezer meals to get ahead.  I just got 2 new OAMC cookbooks and going to try some new recipes.

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Anonymous said...

I am a marathon cleaner. That is just how I have always done it. I have tried so hard to do it different because it is a little harder now with three kids, misnitry, and homeschooling.

This fall will have to change. I am going to try to see what works.
We school Monday thru Thursday. Friday is our shopping/errand day. I had planned to do my cleaning in the afternoon after shopping. But I am always so exhausted after shopping for with kids and it takes me 1 to 2 hours for our errands and shopping. I try not to go out unless I really have to.

I am not for sure how to approach this homekeeping this new school year.

When will you do your freezer cooking during schooling? On the weekends?

Also, when do prepare for your upcoming lessons?

Thanks for sharing, seems like you are getting all set.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Hey Chrissy, yes I would be exhausted after shopping/errands too! ;-)

I will only do my OAMC once a month of course - and I plan on doing it on Thurs/Fri/Sat. Thursday would be the preparation work, which is the easiest. Then Friday will be the cooking while Katie does her projects/crafts or practices piano, etc. The homeschool room is the dining room and its open to the kitchen, so I'm right there if she needs help.

We go to church 5 times a week, then we have church activities twice a week - so we are pretty busy in that regard as well so I work around it as best as I can.

Not sure what you meant on preparing for the lessons, the curriculum we use is open and go basically - no studying or anything like that. However, I do like to look over everything on Sunday afternoon to see what is ahead.

Hope that answered some of your questions. I only have one child, but we plan on having more Lord willing and I'm sure I will find out how that is haha. ;-) But I can't wait!!


candy ♥ said...

interesting to see how others do their cleaning schedule. i enjoy seeing that.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Me too, thanks Candy! ;-)


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