Scheduling Household Chores

“She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness” Proverbs 31:27

I was asked the following question by Benny on my post “My Week at a Glance“. She says “I like your quarterly chore idea. What kinds of chores fall in that category?”

Benny sounds like she is definitely interested in keeping her home neat and clean. In this post I answer her question and then some.

Mom’s Personal & Community Chores (I the specified task to my daily To-Do List on the specified day)

*Sweep & mop all hard floors~kitchen,foyer,laundry room, master bath (Mondays)

*Clean bathroom toilet, sink, knobs and switch plate (Tuesday’s)

*Plan Menus & make grocery list (Tuesday’s)

*Vacuum master bedroom, living room and den (Wednesday’s)

*Dust furniture~1 room per week Master Bedroom, Living room, Laundry Room, Kitchen, Den~(Thursday’s)

*Strip sheets & remake bed (Friday’s)

*Wash and style girls hair (Friday’s)

*Clean shower & tub~master bath and toddler bath (Saturday’s)

*Iron clothes (Monday’s & Saturday’s)

Mom’s Quarterly Chores (I choose the current month, then the week and pick a day of that week to complete my quarterly task unless a day is already specified)

Month #1 (January, April, July, October)

*1st week~Clean A/C vents, change A/C filters

*2nd week~Organize 3 things (kitchen cabinets, drawers, etc.)

*3rd week~Clean oven and microwave (Monday)

~Wash window sills (Tuesday)

~Work on a homemade gift (Wednesday)

~Clean a light fixture:ceiling fan, chandelier, etc.(Friday)

*4th week~Work on a homemade gift (Monday)

Month #2 (February, May, August, November)

*1st week~Wipe tops and faces of kitchen cabinet

*2nd week~Clean and organize 3 drawers

*3rd week~Clean oven and microwave

*4th week~Deep clean refrigerator (Tuesday)
~Organize/Tidy a closet (Wednesday)

Month #3 (March, June, September, December)

*1st week~Free

*2nd week~clean and organize 3 drawers

*3rd week~Clean oven and microwave (Monday)
~Wash window sills (Tuesday)
~Work on a homemade gift

*4th week~Clean a closet and a cabinet
~Clean refrigerator

Children’s Personal Chores:

*Put backpack and shoes by the stairs (Sunday’s-Friday’s)

*Pick 5 outfits for the school week (Saturday’s and Sunday’s)

*Strip sheets & remake beds (Friday’s)

*Organize 1 thing in your bedroom (Daily)

*Dust bedroom (Thursday’s)

*Vacuum bedrooms & hallways (Wednesday’s)

*Trash (Tuesday’s)

*Clean bathroom toilet, sink, knobs and switch plate (Tuesday’s)

*Sweep & mop bathroom (Monday’s)

Children’s Community Chores:(Daily)

*Sweep kitchen

*Wipe stove & counter

*Wipe dinner table

*Wipe chairs

*Put away clean dishes

*Set dinner table

*Wash dinner dishes

Compiling My To-Do List
1.Enter 1st personal/community chore
2.Enter 2nd personal/community chore, leave blank or fill with alternate “to-do”
3.Enter 1st quarterly chore
4.Enter 2nd quarterly chore, leave blank or fill with alternate” to-do”
5.Enter “to-do” blessing for husband (ex. make hubby’s lunch, wash work clothes or make calls)
6.Enter “to-do” blessing for children (ex. iron school clothes, bake snack)

4 comments

  1. Benny says:

    Wow. That’s an impressive list of chores. As a homeschooling mom of four children ages 6 and under, I think I am a fair ways off from having the time or opportunity to accomplish anywhere near that much cleaning. But I do like the idea of breaking some bigger jobs up to be on a set quarterly rotation.

    Thank you for posting this for me. It’s good to see someone else’s organized brain at work, since mine seems to have shot off completely these days. ;o)

    Benny

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  2. Melissa says:

    Man, you do it RIGHT! I am personally challenged by you and the example show here in your blog. You truly are living the Proverbs 31 life as it should look in today’s culture. I so wish I were doing the same. I need to work so much harder. Thank you for the inspiration and example.

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  3. Earthmommy says:

    You are the most organized person I know, seriously! I also have a list of quarterly chores, but I just keep a running list and do them in idle moments. So far this has worked pretty well and I am blessed that my 16yo loves any sort of cleaning job so she likes to help do things like cleaning fans and scrubbing the refrigerator, etc.

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