Monday, April 13, 2015

Daily Chore List

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my housekeeping loop plan - a list of chores that I work through a little at a time. They include the "heavier" cleaning chores, like dusting, mopping, and wiping kitchen cabinets. That list takes me on average about two weeks to get through. And I must point out that when I say I "get through the list in two weeks".... I actually don't. I skip several things on that list every week: sometimes because I decide it doesn't need doing, sometimes because I run out of time or just don't feel like doing it.  The list is really more of a goal than an actual set-in-stone-this-is-how-we-do-it list. Also, as I pointed out in that post, I limit myself to a 30-minute stretch of housework per day, during which time I just work through the list. Obviously, I could spend way more time, but there is only so much time I want to dedicate to cleaning!

Of course, there is a lot more to keeping a household running than the deeper cleaning jobs, and the heart of my system is really my daily checklist. I start working on this in the morning before our lessons and continue when I have a free moment here and there. I don't always get to all of this either, I just like having a list to help me remember what needs doing.  I actually have three lists, one for morning, one for noontime, and one for late afternoon.

Morning


  • Set out breakfast makings & vitamins
  • Quick tidy of downstairs
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Morning "farm chores" - my husband does these
  • Start a load of laundry
  • Make bed, tidy bedroom - the kids do their own rooms
  • Water houseplants
  • Sweep downstairs, vacuum as needed
  • Quick wipe down of bathrooms - sinks & toilets
  • Pick up kitchen & wipe counters after breakfast
  • Check that kids have completed chores - they are in charge of their rooms and feeding the pets

Noon

  • Sort mail
  • Work on laundry
  • Make & clean-up lunch
  • Quick tidy up
  • Animal care jobs  - refilling water and goat hay, gathering eggs, and exercising the dog (the kids do these)
  • Dinner prep - sometimes I need to get the crockpot going or do some other early prep if we are going to be out until dinnertime
  • Pack to go out- if we are heading out later I like to start getting ready now- sports gear, snacks, water bottles, library books, shopping lists, etc..

Night

  • Empty dishwasher
  • Check on animals - Provide new bedding & clean water as needed, collect eggs
  • Tidy up house
  • Finish laundry & put away
  • Jot something down in journal about today
  • Make dinner & clean-up
  • Feed dog, shut up outdoor animals for night

 Laundry is really an all day affair. My laundry post  is still very relevant. We have three goats, 21 chickens, 5 ducks, a dog, cat, and a fish.... that is why there is so much animal care built into our days!

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