Easy steps and a plan to assign days of the week to make your home management easier.
At some point in the early days of marriage and babies, I realized that there was a reason for the pretty embroidery on antique dish towels. Monday-Laundry, Tuesday-Ironing, Wednesday-Market, and so on. That was back before “farmhouse” decorating was a thing and I saw these in the homes of elderly ladies from church, on estate sales, and at flea markets. I reflected a bit on my time with Grandma and realized that she had specific tasks for days of the week and so I began to do the same. It took my home management plan to a new level and opened time for other activities that I preferred. Here are your easy steps to a more organized life plan.
- Look at your calendar and identify the set-in-stone activities that you and your family are involved in.
- Think about which of your home management tasks is not getting done at an optimal level.
- Identify the most free day of your week and assign your problem area to that day.
- Continue to assign your work to each day of the week.
For example, for years I have assigned Monday as my laundry day. This year, my kids are in a homeschool coop that consumes all of Monday (it’s my set-in-stone) so I have to move Laundry Day to a different day.
I assign one day of the week for grocery shopping and errands, a day for taking care of business and paper, a day for cleaning, a day for meal prepping, a day for outside chores and so on. This doesn’t mean that I don’t do laundry on other days (insert hysterical laughter). I commit a day to getting caught up on the laundry, washing sheets and towels and cleaning the laundry room.
Perhaps you work outside of the home part-time or full-time or you work from home and have to focus for several hours? Decide on a day of the week to assign a task before and after your work hours. For example: Monday-four loads of laundry, Thursday evening-pay bills, Saturday morning-vacuum and dust, Saturday afternoon-kitchen and meal prep work… Make a list of the most important things that you need to assign for completion each week.
Maybe your schedule varies from week to week? You can still have days devoted to a home management task, the day will just rotate. One week Monday is Laundry Day and the next week it’s Tuesday or Thursday. Or Kitchen Day is Thursday on most weeks but occasionally it’s on a Friday. Every week, look ahead and add your home management work to assigned days.
You got this! By assigning your home management work to days of the week you will open mental space and relieve stress, you have a plan for keeping the mess controlled. These are easy steps that won’t take much time. You can open your calendar right now and assign a day for laundry and a day for kitchen. Once you have a routine going, add other home management tasks that need your attention.
Do not forget to involve your family in your home management, every person who lives in the home should know how to and be responsible for portions of the work. Delegate tasks to the appropriate people.
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