A break from journal posting tonight...
Okay friends, because you asked so nicely (and because I understand the desire to learn about other people's home systems), I'm going to give you a closer peek at our housekeeping routine.
I'm sort of nervous about this... it feels intimate.
Basically what I'll do is discuss my charts here with a few notes about each, then attach my copies as downloads for you to peek at. In addition, I've prepared a blank version so you can create your own if you'd like.
We work on a two week rotation, so many jobs only need to be done every other week. On one week, we may do a "full" bathroom cleaning, the following week a "quick" bathroom cleaning. Dusting is an every other week job, etc.
There are organizing blogs out there that do a much more beautiful and official job of presenting this sort of thing, but I'll share what I'm doing because if it helps me it just might help someone else too.
And it's January, we all love this sort of thing in January!
Emily's Housekeeping Routine
You should know something about Emily. She is my hired help and cleans most of the house for us. About six months ago she came to us looking to earn a little money (in other words, she wanted a cell phone to text her friends and mama didn't feel the need to pay for that).
Remember when we were young teens and we all had babysitting jobs to earn money? It's not really the same anymore... maybe it's safety concerns, maybe it's liability issues... who knows, but kids don't babysit like they used to.
Too young to have a regular job, we decided to look in-house for things she could do. My work has gotten busier, I manage the family homeschool details, I cook our meals, I'm busy! I had recently read an article on a homeschool blog about hiring help when and if you can, with the instructions to NOT feel bad about it!
Well, I wouldn't have felt bad about it, but the truth is it never occurred to me until I read that suggestion. And so I turned to Emily and offered her a job. She quite eagerly accepted (and has since purchased her own cell phone that she pays the monthly bill for - has a bit of spending money, saves a percentage and donates a percentage).
She doesn't do every single job around the house, but she does more than I'm interested in doing or (more importantly) have the time for. I take care of the master bedroom and bath as well as the weekly kitchen cleaning (because I'm territorial with my kitchen), she cleans the rest of the house.
In total, the job (as we calculated) should comfortably take her no more than three hours a week. She is payed $30. Ten bucks an hour is pretty good for a fourteen year old.
We used to have one big cleaning day, but now we spread the jobs out over the week which is a lot better.
You'll notice on her chart she has daily chores. Those are not things she is paid to do, just household chores that come from being part of a family. Oh, I was so annoyed when my mom said that to me... "I didn't ask to be born!" was my response. So dramatic.
I didn't add daily guinea pig care, but that is a responsibility she has each day.
Click here - Download Emily - Housekeeping Routine
Heather's Housekeeping Routine
As anybody with a 'hired housekeeper' knows, there is much more to do in a day or week, even with their help. I've developed this routine as a way to keep me organized and not forget anything. You wouldn't think so, but having this chart reminds me to toss a load of laundry in each morning (for example). Without that reminder, my laundry would pile up out of control.
I don't strive for perfection. Life happens and things don't always get done. But if we get off track or get called out of the house on a day we weren't expecting to leave, no big deal. We pick up where we left off and keep going. With enough household chores visited on regular rotation the home stays in comfortable working order.
What I like about keeping these charts is they think for me. Any busy mama knows how fantastic it is to have someone (or something) think for us.
I should note that these charts will change as our lives do and with the seasons. Nothing stays the same forever and if we feel something isn't working we make changes as needed.
Click here - Download Heather - Housekeeping Routine
Daily Household Rhythm (Heather)
Note: I live, work, and attend school from home... if I didn't, my routine would look very different than this. We each have a unique set of circumstances that determine how we form our days.
This page is so important to me. It's a daily reminder that I matter, that caring for my family matters, that my work matters... and so forth.
Rather than schedule tasks like appointments in my day, I use blocks of time. If you look closely at the chart you'll see what I mean.
For instance, I've got 3-5pm scheduled for housekeeping and extra work time. Though I've set aside a two hour block, it doesn't necessarily take all of that time. I may finish sooner and go outside with Emily, read, make a phone call, etc.
Blocks of time are not meant to be filled to the very minute, rather they are space held for certain tasks or projects to be completed within.
The Daily Household Rhythm is (mostly) out the window on Tuesdays, our current out of the house day. We spend the day at various lessons, volunteer jobs, grocery shopping, etc. Aside from our daily tasks, we don't do any chores.
Click here - Download Daily Household Rhythm (Heather)
Would you like to try this format?
Below is a blank download that follows my template. Enjoy!
Click here - Download Housekeeping Routine - Blank
So, those are my charts. There are many little things that don't make it on to them, of course. Adam totally pitches in when he's home and on the weekends (someone asked about that - he has an out of the house job). He's my drop everything and help out guy. Which works out so well for this "I've got an idea!" girl.
And now, I've blogged way past my blogging time and must get to bed. Have a great evening! I'll check in tomorrow if you have any question feel free to ask. I do hope the downloads work for everyone.