Welcome back to the ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Challenge! You can find the beginning of this challenge *here*.
I’ve said this many times during this series, but it’s worth saying again. No two homes run the same way. I’m going to share what’s working for me, but feel free to change it around to best suit your family’s needs.
I’ve followed a couple different home management systems in my time. Some of my favorites have been flylady and Large Family Logistics (which, by the way, is probably my most favorite book of all time and you should read it! You don’t even have to have a large family to apply her valuable time-saving and efficient home living tips.) Both systems suggest splitting up the main home-maintanance responsibilities and focusing on a different thing each day.
There are a few things that every home deals with and can benefit from some focused organization. Those things are:
- House Cleaning and Laundry
- Cooking and Meal Planning
- Budget Oversight and Finances
- Quality Family Time
I’ve chosen to split up those categories into these different days for my home. Depending on the week, sometime I’ll swap the days around (and do family day on Tuesday or Office Day on Friday, etc), but the important thing is that all the important things get their own day of special attention.
- Monday ~Home Blessing Day (house cleaning)
- Tuesday ~Office Day (budget, meal planning, etc)
- Wednesday ~Family/Bag Day (special outing with boys, restocking diaper bag and purse)
- Thursday ~Errand Day (grocery shopping, other errands)
- Friday ~Cooking Day (prep week’s food, remake from-scratch mixes)
- Saturday ~Anti-Procrastination Day/Garden Day in the Summer (about the same thing, as far as I’m concerned)
- Sunday ~The Lord’s Day (Morning worship and Christian Fellowship)
As you may noticed, some things (like Meals) get covered on multiple days (meal planning, shopping, and cooking).
We’ve already looked over our year and made some month-by-month goals. Over the next few days, I’m going to take a closer look at what I do on my days of the week.
First off… Home Blessing Day. You might notice that I don’t call it simply House-Cleaning or House-Chore Day. Recognizing that your care of the home is a blessing to others and not a necessary evil is the first step in learning to enjoy and find fulfillment in caring for our homes.
Things I aim for accomplishing when Home Blessing Day rolls around:
- Wash Bed Sheets, Towels, Rugs, Baby Wrap/Nursing Cover (as necessary)
- Empty All the Trashcans
- Fridge/Freezer (get rid of old food, quick wipe-down and rearranging)
- Clean Out Car (just take out what doesn’t belong, not a deep cleaning)
- Windows/Mirrors, Dust
I do all those things (well, I try to) on an as-needed basis, so not everything happens every week. I only wash the rugs when they look dirty, wait to mop until the floor starts getting some PB&J ‘sticky spots’, and only wash windows when I start noticing fingerprints. But if it’s going to get done, it’ll be on Home Blessing Day.
Your challenge for Day #10 is to write up your own Home Blessing Day list. Keep in mind that as a mother to littles, you probably won’t have time to deep clean your home every week like you (maybe) wish you could. That’s okay. Soon enough, the kids will be old enough to help you wipe the baseboards and dust the ceiling fans. For now, though, figure out what are your home’s necessary maintenance basics and write them down.
Tomorrow I’ll be covering what I do on Office Day. Until then!
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