Okay so I never actually watched The NeverEnding story, like, the movie. You know, the one with the big puffy cloud dog thing. Scold me if you must for either not having watched it or not knowing what that dog cloud thing actually is. To me the REAL neverending story is actually the one, the only… Housework.
I think all but the very luckiest (or unluckiest?) of us can agree that there are about a million things we’d rather do than chores. However, in an effort to keep child services from knocking at my door and to also keep my husband from running away from my home waving his arms above his head screaming “I can’t take it anymooooorrrreeee!!!” I’ve had to come up with some ways to make housework… feasible.
As I’ve said before, I work during the week and have two young children. My husband also works and unluckily for him he spends a lot of time at night hunkered down marking papers and planning lessons so unfortunately a lot of the daily drudgery falls on my shoulders. Did I mention that he’s a total clean freak and I’m a scatter brained borderline ADD lazy craftaholic? Well, guilty as charged.
So I recently made up what I call a Basic Chore Schedule. This is basically the bare minimum that I need to get done in order to keep my house from smelling like pee and rotten vegetables. Okay, maybe it still smells a little like pee but I’m going to blame that on the kids.
I’ve followed Flylady and studied a few different cleaning schedules and had a hard time finding something that really fit my schedule. I’ve sort of stolen some ideas from everything and compiled them into what works for me. I’m sure it will need a lot of fine tuning, especially as our lives are ever evolving but so far it works.
You’ll probably notice that my week nights are pretty bare. Most posts I’ve read seem to want you to spread out your chores daily and honestly in theory that’s fab and maybe that works for a lot of people but I’m going to be honest here. I’m a case study in good intentions. I can stick all sorts of checklists to my fridge but when it comes down to it, I pick up the kids after work, maybe shuttle them to an activity, cook dinner and all I want to do is have a bath and tune everyone out. So I’ve got it down to the “please do this at LEAST so that tomorrow the kitchen isn’t totally disgusting when you’re just trying to make your dang coffee in the morning as your four year old tries to convince you AGAIN that she should have pudding for breakfast”. So week nights after dinner, I’m happy if I manage to tidy up a bit, put our shoes and coats away, clear the dishes and tidy the kitchen.
This leaves the weekend. I tend to spend Saturday doing food type stuff and Sunday getting stuff ready for the week ahead, which means mostly laundry. You’ll also see that one of my items is “hang outfits” which is better described in this post. Not a hard concept but something I’ve found very handy!
So here’s my schedule, I think it’s pretty straight forward but feel free to adjust to suit you! And yes, there are lots of other less common chores to be done like cleaning the garage etc etc but I’m really hoping if I ignore those things someone will take pity on me and do them for me.
Basic Chore Schedule