Because….A Practical Look at Scheduled Homemaking

     I schedule my homemaking.  I think most folks understand that that means that I do certain tasks about my home on certain days, or during certain weeks.  I’ve begun to lay that scheduling system out, as the Lord has provided the time for me to do so, on my Copperswife web site.  There has been some confusion, though, as to what that means in my everyday life.  I want to take some time today to tackle some of those misconceptions.  Here are just a few of the tremendous benefits of my scheduled homemaking routine.

     Because my household tasks are broken up over the course of an entire week, I am free to spend a day in town shopping with my husband and daughter.  Or a day trip with my family.  Whatever.  Though I may be gone for the majority of a day,  and only take care of the very minimal dailies before leaving, only a portion of my weekly tasks would be missed.  The dailies that would be missed had been done just the day before, and would be done again the following day.  The weekly tasks that might be missed could very easily combined with the weekly tasks scheduled for the next day, taking only, perhaps, an additional 30 minutes of time to complete. 

     Because I only do a portion of the weekly, as well as monthly, etc., tasks on any given day, I have plenty of time to oversee my children’s homeschooling, tend to my own heart through Bible reading and study, and to enjoy my family throughout the course of the day.  It allows me quite a bit of time each day to tend to things other than cleaning my house. 

     Because my homemaking schedule is in place, I do not need to panic when my husand says, “Sure, come on over on Thursday evening.  I’ll be home around 7:30.” to his high-school buddy turned missionary who will be in town for a short while.  My home will be in generally good order and clean enough, even for company, without my doing anything extra towards their visit.  (We will, of course, prepare some sort of dessert to offer.) 

     Because I schedule my homemaking, our home will always looked lived in.  I consider that a good thing!  Comfortable.  Cozy.  Lovely in its imperfection.  I love my family, and I love that I still have three children at home.  It follows then, that I love that my home reflects that fact.  I schedule my homemaking, but I don’t schedule my family’s activities around that.  As I type this, though my living room is relatively clean and neat, there is: 

  • a stray magazine on the coffee table
  • an algebra book and accompanying pencil and notebook on the floor
  • books on both end tables
  • my knitting/handwork basket is on the floor next to where I am sitting
  • The dog’s bed is, as it usually is during the day, on the floor in front of the wood stove.  With a boy on it, and not the dog.  The dog is lying on the floor in the school room, watching the sheep. 

     If company were to arrive just now, I’d be just fine with that.  They’d be invited in and offered a seat (nothing piled on my couches), with nary an apology for the things I’ve just mentioned.  I’d not shrink in terror if they asked to use the bathroom, because all three were given a quick cleaning this morning.  There are clean glasses to offer them a cold drink, and clean cups to offer a cup of tea (or coffee), and plenty of space on the coffee and end tables for them to set their drink. 

     Because my schedule is so very flexible, it is very easy to make changes when the need arises.  These changes can be temporary or permanent.  If my husband’s days off were to change from Sunday – Tuesday (and every other Wednesday), to Thursday – Saturday, I could easily accommodate my schedule to his by simply moving tasks from later in the week to the first part of the week.  If, for example, one of my sons had a recurring appointment on Friday mornings for a few weeks, I could change my schedule to meet that need, and then change it back when the appointments ended.  The flexibility is possible because there is no one day that is completely bogged down with household responsibilities.

     Because I love caring for my home, I do not look on my household responsibilities as burdens.  However, I do appreciate being able to manage my time in such a way that there is no one day that sees me doing nothing but housework.  Because I love my family, I enjoy spending time with them.  I love being able to educate my children at home, and consider it a high and worthy calling.  I love having time to spend with my grandbabies.  I love being able to have the time to do some reading, sewing, knitting or some other type of handwork.   Because I schedule my home making jobs, I have more time to tend to the things that really matter, and to the things that I enjoy.

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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9 comments to Because….A Practical Look at Scheduled Homemaking

  • Amen! Cheryl!

    I can testify that your system does work because I changed my housework schedule shortly after starting to read your blog. I have a daily system that takes me 30-45 min. per day to complete. If I know that on the second Thursday of every month, I have somewhere I need to be, I can do those tasks that were supposed to be done on Thursday either on Wednesday(which I usually do) or Friday-no biggie. I have been able to stay on “top” of my housework this way. I used to spend 1 whole day or 2 doing nothing but cleaning each week and I rushed through it trying to get it done faster. I NEVER made time for deep cleaning jobs until they were so bad, others started  noticing :eek:and they took me forever to complete! Icky!

    Thank-you Cheryl for sharing these ideas with us.

  • Amen! Cheryl!

    I can testify that your system does work because I changed my housework schedule shortly after starting to read your blog. I have a daily system that takes me 30-45 min. per day to complete. If I know that on the second Thursday of every month, I have somewhere I need to be, I can do those tasks that were supposed to be done on Thursday either on Wednesday(which I usually do) or Friday-no biggie. I have been able to stay on “top” of my housework this way. I used to spend 1 whole day or 2 doing nothing but cleaning each week and I rushed through it trying to get it done faster. I NEVER made time for deep cleaning jobs until they were so bad, others started  noticing :eek:and they took me forever to complete! Icky!

    Thank-you Cheryl for sharing these ideas with us.

  • Dear Cheryl,

    Thank you so much for this blog and the info on your website.  For the last 2 months I’ve been in the hospital with my daughter (who is doing much better now) and I  am  in the process of rescheduling my life. Your info was very helpful. 

    Jenn

  • Great post Cheryl!  :goodjob:  That is what I want in my home.  I usually end up cleaning on one day like a madwoman, because my house has gotten so out of control over the weekend or week :shysmile: .  I want to institute something where my home is relatively acceptable, that I woudn’t be embarassed for people to come over.  So many times I find myself cleaning for company…and I resent it.  I wish my home was clean and nice for my family, not just guests, know what I mean?  And I do know that I need to make up my own system.  People tell me that it is impossible to keep a home relatively tidy at all times with littles at home.  I don’t know.  I don’t want to believe it!  I don’t like to blame my babies, or use them as my excuse to fail!  And I know that whatever I set up, I have to do it!  That’s something else I need to work on! :shysmile:

    Thanks!

    Monique

  • Great post Cheryl!  :goodjob:  That is what I want in my home.  I usually end up cleaning on one day like a madwoman, because my house has gotten so out of control over the weekend or week :shysmile: .  I want to institute something where my home is relatively acceptable, that I woudn’t be embarassed for people to come over.  So many times I find myself cleaning for company…and I resent it.  I wish my home was clean and nice for my family, not just guests, know what I mean?  And I do know that I need to make up my own system.  People tell me that it is impossible to keep a home relatively tidy at all times with littles at home.  I don’t know.  I don’t want to believe it!  I don’t like to blame my babies, or use them as my excuse to fail!  And I know that whatever I set up, I have to do it!  That’s something else I need to work on! :shysmile:

    Thanks!

    Monique

  • This is another wonderful post, Cheryl. I also try to do a little each day so that I won’t be overwhelmed trying to clean an entire house in one day. It works for me and makes things run much smoother.
    Catherine

  • Wonderful post Cheryl! I do a little bit every day too but it’s not a written down scheduled type of thing I do find that I have to schedule the deep cleaning jobs otherwise I never really get to them. Everything is always surface neat and clean and only I know what needs that deep cleaning!

    Manuela http://thefeatherednest.typepad.com/the_feathered_nest/

  • You are absolutely correct in your basis for your dailies. I have always tried to have some kind of schedule to get things done, but until I applied yours they have never worked. I can honestly say, that I am not afraid if I had a surprise visitor come knocking at the door, there have been MANY a day I have just dreaded and unexpected guest! This schedule of yours has also left me some free time to read, study scripture, watch my sewing machine dvd ( still learning to thread it!!! ) spend extra time with the kids homeschooling, PLUS still have some quality family time out, even if it is at the last minute!! I await your weekly and monthly to apply to my household! And the lavendar linen spray as always is a dream, the 6 week muffins my Husband just adores!!!!!! oh I could go on! thank you and blessings to you all!

    Winter Blessings~

    Kelly

  • I just ran across your site somehow… a “God-thing” I’m sure… because you address here and on your web site many of the household / homemaker tasks that are sorely lacking in my life and that are in the forefront of my mind. I think I’m going to put a link over on my sidebar so that I can remember to come back and read more. And if you wouldn’t mind, please send up some fragrant incense for Renae and her family in this area! Thank you. Have a great weekend! 🙂