Routines

Our current routine.

These are our daily routines to keep things going. These work for us, but everyone’s schedule, family, and homes are different. What works for me as a SAHM in the suburbs  with lots of people and critters isn’t going to work for others.

Morning

  • Make bed
  • Move wash to dryer
  • Serve coffee, tea, and breakfast
  • Set out lunches
  • Get kids up and going
  • Inspect hair, clothes, backpack contents, and teeth
  • Everyone in the car or to the bus by 7:25
  • Feed the toddler
  • Pull out dinner
  • Do weekly assignments
  • Workout Internet.
  • Shower and dress
  • Take the toddler outside to play or do an art project
  • Fold and put away laundry

Afternoon

  • Lunch
  • Naptime
  • Prep dinner, make snack, soak tomorrow’s grains
  • Work on projects or monthly/annual assignments
  • Greet Teenagers
  • Wake up Toddler
  • Pick kids up from school
  • Help with homework, supervise chores, etc.
  • Cook dinner

Evening

  • Clean kitchen
  • Make lunches and coffee
  • Set out clothes for tomorrow
  • Check Launchpad – make sure everything is ready to grab and go
  • Baths, teeth, etc.
  • Set timer on washing machine for 5:30 am
  • Read bedtime story
  • Tuck everyone in
  • Take electronics
  • Lock up
  • Get ready for bed
  • Go to sleep on time.

These are the big kids’ daily chores on a weekly rotation. Each child has an assigned chore list with one chore from each category. The toddler has chores too. He feeds the dogs and wipes the kitchen table after meals. We initially patterned our chores after the Family DoDots system (because who pays $75 for a magnet board?) but after time it’s grown and adapted to a system that works for our family. ..most of the time, anyway.

  Kitchen Room Task Pet
1 Sweep Floors Kid’s Bathroom Vacuum Cat food
2 Load dishwasher Living Room Windows Chickens
3 Empty dishwasher Powder Room Trash Cat box
4 Counters Family Room Dust Dog Poop

These are my weekly chores where I declutter and do deep cleaning that my kids would never, ever do. The following list is new to us. We’re working toward 30 minutes a day and no more devoted to chores, but seven people in one house for almost ten years generates a lot of clutter, and it’s going to take a while to get there. This is similar to the Flylady zones except that I if I only cleaned one room a month, my house would look like a Texaco bathroom in Vegas. We’re messy. Each day has a task, like changing the sheets, and a room or rooms.

Sunday

Rooms: Laundry and porches

  • Put any remaining clothes away
  • Fold lost socks
  • Vacuum fan
  • Dust and sweep cobwebs
  • Clear out behind washer
  • Wipe fingerprints and baseboards
  • Maintain washer and dryer
  • Tidy linen closet
  • Sweep the porch and deck
  • Water plants
  • Wipe door and frame
  • Tidy up
  • Wash and straighten patio furniture
  • Change holiday decor if applicable

Monday

Task: Change sheets

Rooms: Master suite

  • Remove sheets and bathroom rugs – start wash
  • Clear off and declutter surfaces
  • Dust ledge
  • Dust fan
  • Sweep cobwebs
  • Polish furniture
  • Wipe down walls
  • Tidy closet, etc.
  • Check under the bed for junk
  • Scrub toilet, shower, tub, sink…
  • Wash windows and mirrors
  • Tidy cabinets
  • Sweep and mop
  • Empty trash

Tuesday

Task: Paper Purge

Rooms: Living and Family

  • Rinse houseplants
  • Sweep cobwebs
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe sills
  • Clean picture frames
  • Dust/polish furniture and knickknacks
  • Treat leather
  • Wipe walls and baseboards
  • Tidy coat closet
  • Tidy desk
  • File papers
  • Vacuum under/between couch cushions

Wednesday

Task: Rinse trash cans

Rooms: Main bath/Big kids

  • Launder rugs
  • Dust
  • Scrub toilet, shower, tub, sink…
  • Wash mirrors
  • Tidy cabinets
  • Tidy cleaning closet
  • Sweep and mop
  • Empty trash
  • Sweep cobwebs
  • Tidy surfaces
  • Polish furniture
  • Clean windows, sills, blinds, pictures
  • Dust blinds and light fixtures
  • Sort clothes
  • Wipe fingerprints
  • Sweep and mop
  • Empty trash

Thursday

Task: Vacuum

Rooms: Upstairs bath/beds

  • Launder rugs and towels
  • Dust
  • Scrub toilet, shower, tub, sink…
  • Wash mirrors
  • Tidy cabinets
  • Sweep and mop
  • Empty trash
  • Sweep cobwebs
  • Tidy surfaces
  • Polish furniture
  • Clean windows, sills, blinds, pictures
  • Dust blinds and light fixtures
  • Sort clothes
  • Sort toys
  • Wipe fingerprints
  • Sweep and mop

 Friday

Task: Mop

Room: Kitchen / Dining

  • Dust cobwebs, ceiling fan, cat ledge, and light covers
  • Clean out fridge and tidy pantry
  • Clean microwave and vent covers
  • Clean stove top
  • Wipe knickknacks
  • Tidy cabinets and wipe fronts
  • Wash windows and sills
  • Wipe fingerprints
  • Polish furniture
  • Sweep and mop
  • Set out table-cloth, napkins, candles, and serving dishes for later