Running a household is a lot of hard work and can be very overwhelming, especially when you feel like you just can’t keep up. The solution? Create a household schedule.
This is how I set up mine.
How to Create a Household Schedule
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I divide the schedule into daily and weekly tasks. These tasks include my self-care routine and household management. It’s very important to schedule self care or it won’t happen. And it needs to happen so you can be fully present and capable.
I like to divide certain responsibilities out over the week. Each day has a theme that applies to both home and work since I work from home.
Sunday – I set aside Sundays for rest and renewal. It’s a day I have permission to relax and enjoy time with my family. We do, however, switch gears a little bit in the evening with what I call the Sunday Reset. That’s where I spend about fifteen minutes restocking all of our household supplies, toiletries, and cleaning products.
Monday – I take Mondays to plan for the week ahead. It’s a whole ritual where I spread out with my bullet journal and phone (for the calendar) and write down everything I need and hope to get done that week.
This is when I do maintenance type chores around the house, including calling to schedule appointments.
I also take the time to menu plan, and then order groceries for pick up or delivery.
I call it Maintenance Monday.
Tuesday – Tuesdays are for errands. If at all possible, I schedule appointments and make dates for Tuesday.
Wednesday – By Wednesday I slip into more of a daily rhythm. I don’t have anything thing in particular planned as far as the house goes, but I do set aside time for writing. Thus ‘Writing Wednesday.’
Thursday – At this point in the week, I need a break from chores and my computer. So, I’ve designated Thursday as a day to create. That usually means decorating. But, I could also play with hairstyles or try new makeup looks. I have no name for this.
Friday – Fridays are for catching up and easing into the weekend. There’s no real rhyme or reason to it, but I call it Fun Friday.
This routine and all its daily themes is based on my natural rhythm and habits which makes it that much easier to stick to. Not to say plans don’t change. They definitely do.
Building margin time and grace into any routine is essential. The routines are designed to serve us, not the other way around.
I used to keep a morning and evening routine checklist, but I’m so used to my routines now, I don’t need it. You can always create your own checklist to keep you accountable, especially if you like checking things off a list.
Of all the routines, its the daily routine that makes me feel productive and like like life is “normal” even when it isn’t. It’s those difficult seasons that have helped me hone in on the essentials; the things I must do on any given day to feel grounded and productive. For me, that includes:
- making the bed
- getting dressed
- getting outdoors
- sticking to my evening routine of tidying the house before bed
If my day includes those five things, anything else I accomplish is a bonus.
Weekly Cleaning Routine
This is where I typically struggle, but I’m tired of the ever-present reminder of chores left undone; watching the ring around the bathtub get darker and thicker, or feeling dirt and grit on the bottoms of my feet when cooking. The neglect or laziness is just not worth the burden of visual clutter.
Plan weekly tasks so that they flow in a logical order. For example, dust one day, vacuum the next, and mop the following day.
I try to clean the master bedroom on Monday. Take care of the bathroom on Tuesday. Dust Wednesday, Vacuum Thursday and use Friday to catch up.
Tip: Use alliteration to remember tasks such as Whites on Wednesdays, or Tub and Toilet on Tuesday.
Honestly, I don’t keep up with this schedule past Tuesday. I’ve cut some of these weekly tasks back to monthly or whenever because they just aren’t a priority. Everything you put on these lists should be based on your priorities.
As I mention in my book, priorities change seasonally and with each stage of life.
Tip: Remember, the ultimate goal is consistency not perfection.
Once you settle into the daily and weekly routines, you’ll notice your days have a nice rhythm and flow which makes it easier to relax and enjoy what matters most.
I’ve noticed when I don’t follow my household schedule, I tend to get stressed and anxious. That alone is motivation to get back on track.
It’s important to know your why. Why do you want a household schedule? Why stick to it?
Reasons to Keep a Household Schedule
As an early childhood specialist I can tell you schedules and routines make children feel nurtured, cared for and safe. Providing a sense of safety for your children is a cornerstone in creating the foundation for their lives; not just as children but into adulthood, too.
This is why I believe that what happens inside the walls of your home matters a lot. In fact, I go so far as to say its holy ground.
That is so easy to forget when we get lost in the mundane activity of clutter, clean, repeat. But, as ordinary and sometimes thankless as managing your household feels, it is extremely important, extraordinary even.
Keeping a household schedule sets the stage for intentional living and simplifying your home life so that you’re focused on what matters most to you.
When you start tending your space and the people in it, you’ll notice a shift. Instead of being overwhelmed or feeling like you’re always scrambling to catch up, you’ll feel like your managing your home on purpose.
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Wishing you all the benefits of a household schedule,