HomeMaking 101: Schedules

Nina at ‘Raising Butterflies’ has left the following comment in response to my post “HomeMaking 101“:

I’m always inspired by your practicality Hadias. I love to plan and make lists, but my downfall is in referring BACK to those lists. That said, we do have a school routine of sorts. Without one, there wouldn’t be much learning going on here. I’m impressed that your children start school on their own — my girls seldom do. The thing is, I like for us to spend time together in the Bible and prayer before their other subjects, therefore if I’m not ready when they are, I hold them up, since we all do Bible together. I like your no housework after 5pm rule too, except HOW do you find time to get it all done during the
day with school going on?

Nina thank you for leaving your comment. I will do my best to explain my home maintainance schedule for you. Please keep in mind that this schedule is achieved through dilligent discipline on my part and on the part of my children. Also keep in mind that home maintainance is an ongoing process that is never complete. We don’t get everything done 100% of the time but we do our best.

THE GOAL

The first thing I do is began with was a goal. My goal for cleaning to have is an neat and clean home. Neat and clean for each person is different. For me it is clean and clear surfaces, clean and clear floors and a fresh smelling home. In order to achieve a clutter free space things must be put away. And in order for things to smell fresh they must be clean.

OUR DAY
My children follow a Charlotte Mason learning style which means that they are finished with teacher lead school work by 12 noon. This is achieved through much training and is not an over night processAfter lunch we begin chores for about 1 1/2 hours. We follow a daily, weekly and quarterly schedule of chores, which you can access by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Our daily and weekly job schedule is a list of chores that that we do in order to keep the house clean from normal family use. We also follow this schedule of chores in order to keep the house presentable in order to be able to welcome guest at any time. Weekly chores include things such as cleaning the bathrooms, vaccuming, mopping sweeping and laundry. Daily chores includes things like making beds and tidying rooms first thing in the morning, washing the dishes and sweeping the kitchen after every meal.

The quarterly job schedule are things that don’t need to be done daily. This includes jobs such as deep cleaning the inside of the refrigerator, wiping the tops of the kitchen cabinets and steam cleaning the carpets.

A typical Monday in my house for my children would look like this:

Wake-up 8am

Bathroom

Make beds & Tidy room

Math (20 min)

Breakfast (30 min)

Kitchen chores (30 min)

Start laundry

Bible Study (30 min)

History or Science (15 min)

Literature (15 min)

Handwriting (10 min)

Outdoors (30 min-1 hr)

Lunch (30 min)

Kitchen chores (30 min)

Afternoon jobs: sweep & mop all floors, dry, fold and put away laundry (1 hr)

Self directed school work (1-2 hrs.)

Free Time (until dinner)

Dinner (30 min)

Kitchen Clean-up (30 min)

Relax until bedtime

What does a typical Monday in your house look like? Leave a comment.

6 comments

  1. blessedmama752 says:

    My Monday’s are very busy. I start my day at 6:00 a.m. That gives me 30 min to get everything in order for the day. I’m going to give you a glimpse of my Monday’s. I’m going to use my daughter schedule:
    School schedule for the week of
    November 12, 2007
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    Ashley’s Schedule

    Monday
    6:30 a.m. – Wake up, get clothes on, brush teeth
    6:50 a.m. – Freshen up chore
    7:00 a.m. – Math assignment
    7:30 a.m. – Vocabulary- look up word on computer; write sentence, definition, etc. in your vocabulary book
    7:45 a.m. – Typing assignment, do two lessons
    8:00 a.m. – Language arts – Common nouns, worksheet
    8:15 a.m. – History
    8:30 a.m. – Break for breakfast
    9:00 a.m. – Reading assignment – How to write a short story
    9:30 a.m. – Spanish assignment – worksheet and/or tape
    10:00 a.m. – Break for snack and stretch
    10:15 a.m. – Geography – Japan
    10:30 a.m. – Bible class
    11:00 a.m. – P.E
    11:30 a.m. – School is finish.

    Things that I need or like to get done today – November 12, 2007

    Wash windows, wipe windowpanes
    Clean bathroom and mop floor
    Vacuum all rooms and dust
    Wash five loads of clothes-fold and put away
    Wash and trim Emmert’s & the boy’s hair
    Wash works uniforms-iron and fold put away
    Wash Andrianna, Emily, and Marcia’s hair
    Clean out car and freshen the inside
    Clean and polish furniture
    Clean our (knight and I) room and febreze floor
    Change bedding in all the kid’s room
    Wipe, dust, clean ceiling fans and blinds
    Ashley cooks dinner & washes dinner dishes with mom’s help
    Mop kitchen floor
    Read my bible and Meditate.

    That’s how my Monday’s look. God Bless, Blessed752.

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  2. Country Girl At Heart says:

    Lawanda~
    I have definately had those days. The pile of laundry on the couch and the unexpected guest.

    A workable laundry schedule was one of the first things that I had to work into my schedule. At one point I was doing laundry 6-7 days a week and there were always clothes lingering somewhere in in the process of being washed, dried, folded or put away. It was just too much.

    Shelia~
    I await the days when all of my children are in at least teens. But for now I simply relish the dream of having hours of free time.

    I like working at night when it’s quiet as well. It’s something about being able to work uninterupted. I don’t do it that ofetn because I dont have the luxury of sleeping in.

    Your comment gave me a glimmer of hope in which to set my sights on.

    Thank you both for stopping by.

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  3. Lawanda says:

    Typically, on Mondays, I am still trying to catch up with laundry. So like today, my laundry was piled high on my couch. And I got company! I was so embarrassed, but they were nice about it :)

    We rarely do school on Mondays, unless my weekend was easy-going enough for me to get everything I like to do, done. ;) This weekend my dh took me out on a date on Friday, and so it was rather hectic catching everything up on Saturday. But I am not complaining!! haha :)

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are more of our school days, usually.

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  4. Shelia says:

    I am truly impressed Hadias! I admire your ability to to be so governed. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 7 years now. My daughter is a sophmore in college and my son is in high school so I’m at a very different phase in life than you. I relish having so much free time again.

    I actually don’t lift a finger prior to noon. Those hours I devote to me. Coffe, reading, blogging, calls to mom and sister, whatever, it’s definitely me time.

    I’ve never been a morning person, even when I worked outside of the the house. I love to wash 1 o’clock in the morning or mop the floors. I like working in the still of the night when everybody else is asleep.

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    Jalissa Reply:

    @Shelia,
    I thought that I was weird, because I enjoy doing things at night time when everyone’s asleep. As long as hubby is in a deep sleep (wink wink) I am free to do whatever; making sure I don’t make a whole heap of noise…lol

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Jalissa,

    Nights are sometimes the most peaceful times of the day… LOL :)

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