Dana, this one’s for you!
I still need to tweak this a bit, but here’s my weekly schedule of household chores, as mentioned here:
sort any piles of papers (usually on our kitchen counter or on the hutch in the dining room)
sweep hard floors (kitchen, dining room, living room, hallway)
steam mop if needed
dust (not necessarily every Wednesday…ahem.)
vacuum bedrooms and living room rug
laundry (sheets and towels)
vacuum basement (not required every week)
sort any piles of papers
Now of course, many things have to happen on a daily basis and therefore aren’t even on the list (dishes, picking up toys and clothes, emptying the kitchen garbage, cooking meals). And some things on the list may actually have to happen more than once a week (sweeping the kitchen and dining room floors [often more than once a day, even], cleaning the bathroom, and sorting mail and other collected papers). But these things still need a dedicated place in my week, I think, so that if the past seven days have been a whirl and I haven’t once swept up the discarded dinner crumbs and stray cat food from my dining room floor (please don’t judge), I know that, if it’s Tuesday, that’s one thing I have to accomplish.
I’m still iffy about the laundry schedule. I’ve toyed with the idea of having one dedicated laundry day, but it just never seems to pan out. Our laundry is in the basement, and while this is a far better arrangement than multiple other homes we’ve inhabited, I still have such a hard time keeping up with load after load. I think I do better to spread it out through the week.
Another thing. I didn’t include grocery shopping on my weekly list, though it may be added someday. I still can’t seem to find a perfect time in my week for tackling this. So we typically pop by Dillons for shorter shops of more immediate grocery needs, then I’ll go one evening every few weeks for a bigger shop.
Do you have any tips on weekly grocery shopping trips? Or care to share your own cleaning schedule?