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Back in the day, women use to take a lot of pride in running their households efficiently. Things were in order and ran like a tight ship. Women embraced their role as a homemaker and truly treated it like the intense, yet rewarding job that it is. That’s where the Homemaking Weekly Schedule came into play.
“It is my belief that the housewife makes the home and the home makes the nation.”
– Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping
Nowadays, homemaking is often misunderstood and sometimes even downplayed. As women, we often feel ashamed to own the fact that we are “just” stay-at-home moms. However, I’m here to change that narrative.
“Women were not just doing chores, they were creating – creating a home, a place of security, warmth, contentment and affection.” – Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping
Homemaking is a legitimate profession and it requires strong women to be able to get the job done in the best way. For the households who have both parents with intense out-of-home careers, your home can still be run efficiently, however, it might just cost a bit extra due to the need to hire out to get everything done.
“Homekeeping isn’t just a matter of cleaning a house, it’s a matter of presentation, hospitality, entertaining, etiquette, organization, letter writing, caring for loved ones, cooking, sewing, and just plain general information that made for a thoughtful, meaningful, and considered life.” – Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping
There’s so much more to homemaking than meets the eye. Oftentimes, we walk into someone’s home and completely take for granted how warm and welcoming it feels, how clean it is, how well-stocked the fridge and pantry are, ready to serve you as you enter. There is so much behind-the-scenes action going on to make a house feel like a home, and the intention and effort will produce results that are tenfold for your family and those who enter your home.
“The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest” – Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping
“Taking care of our home enables us all to feel nurtured and safe; it brings comfort and solace both in the fruits of our labor and in the freedom it affords to experience life to its fullest. It is important work, and others will suffer if you do not attend to it properly.”
– Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping
Here’s an Old School Homemaking Weekly Schedule for optimal success and efficiency in your household. It’s been modernized a tad to fit our times.
Sundays are to be used to meal plan and get groceries. If you need a printable weekly meal planner, you can download one for free here.
Meal planning will not only save you time and sanity. It will also save you a ton of money and reduce waste. I wrote a whole blog post on the benefits on meal planning you can read here.
Each Sunday, you’ll want to sit down in the morning with your fresh cup of coffee, open up the windows and pull out your meal planner printable, recipe binder and Pinterest. Write down the dinners for the week and the groceries you’ll need.
You can also make a separate list of any snacks you need to prepare to have on hand throughout the week such as premade yogurt parfaits, hard-boiled eggs, cut-up veggies to dip into hummus, etc. The whole point is to make it easier for you and your family to eat healthy throughout the week, by having everything prepped ahead of time. That’s what makes it easy to just grab and go without having to think about it or settle for a quick, processed snack.
Try to get started on this early Sunday morning so you can run out to the groceries (or order them online) and then begin your prepping asap. I’d recommend trying to get this all done by noon to mid-afternoon, that way you have the rest of the evening to relax and recharge.
On the old-school Homemaking Weekly Schedule, Monday is cleaning day. This means you clean certain rooms that got messy or dirty from the previous week. On Mondays, I like to clean the Kitchen, Bathrooms, and Entry Way. This helps these main areas feel clean and tidy throughout the rest of the week.
Make sure you really clean these areas, ya know the full dust, sweep, mop, organize cabinets etc. Give yourself a good several hours in the morning to get this done. The more intention and love you give it this week, the easier it will be next week. The last thing you want is for dirt and grime to pile up and make it way harder on yourself in the long run.
As I clean each room, I really try to tidy all the cabinets and drawers. If you do this every week they really don’t have much time to get that out of hand.
Tuesdays are administrative days. This means updating your finances, categorizing your transactions (yes, you should be doing this), sorting through mail, paying bills, scheduling appointments, follow-ups, planning trips, etc.
Whatever is going on in your life at the time, this is the day to sit in your office with your piping cup of coffee and get to work. Make sure you do the hardest things first such as sending docs to your accountant for tax season, THEN you can plan your girl’s getaway weekend.
Tuesday’s your day to be your own personal secretary and make your life easier for the rest of the week by knocking out the main administrative pressing tasks and to-dos. At the beginning of this day, make a list of what needs to be done, and jot down how much time you think each thing will take (give yourself buffer time). This will help you plan your day accordingly so you can get as much done as possible and be as efficient as possible.
Wednesday is the second and final cleaning day of the week. As you can see, we split up the cleaning tasks into two days to make it easier on you. Monday is Bathrooms, Kitchen, Entryway. Wednesday is all remaining areas such as Bedrooms, Living Room, Office, and any other random rooms you have in your home.
At the start of every day, not just Wednesdays, make a list of what day it is, what needs to get done and just knock things out. How long it takes you will really depend on how much you set yourself up for success the previous week. It’ll also depend on how much piled up throughout the week. Just remember that however much time and effort you put into your tasks this week, it’s only going to help you for next week. Always think ahead!
Back in the day, women use to say “I’m going to town!” Can’t you just picture a vintage, British woman saying that?! Anyway, there’s a reason they did this. Because it’s freakin efficient. Try to dedicate one day for all your appointments and things you need to do outside of the house. Some examples might be dropping something at the post office, going to the butcher, picking up dry cleaning, etc.
Organizing a whole outing can be a lot and take up a lot of time. When planning your Homemaking Weekly Schedule, group all your out-of-house tasks together and do them all on the same day. You’ll only make it easier for yourself. Again, in the morning, make that list and organize your route in an efficient way so you aren’t backtracking.
Friday is good ole laundry day on the Homemaking Weekly Schedule! That means everything and anything. Bring all clothes from the hampers into the laundry room. Strip all bedding, hand towels in the bathroom and kitchen, shower curtains, etc.
Use this day to constantly rotate loads, wash, dry, hang, iron, and put away everything. An old-school hack is to keep a timer pinned to your shirt so wherever you are in the house you know when your load is finished. You won’t want to waste any time here. You’ll likely have a crap top of stuff to wash, so you’ll want to rotate consistently throughout the day.
You can use the time between loads to iron, put away clothes, tidy drawers, and closets, and also tidy and clean the laundry room. If you still have extra time, it’s kinda random but I like to use this day to restock the house. For example, refilling the toilet paper, q-tips, cotton balls, and so on.
Either way, it’s nice to have laundry day on Fridays because then your house smells good for the weekend, and all your clothes are clean. So wherever you want to go out on the weekends, all your clothes will be clean. It’s a win-win.
As part of the strict Homemaking Weekly Schedule, Saturdays are family days. Plan a family walk or hike or some type of activity to do together. This day is solely about focusing on each other. Some people like to make this day a digital-free day. No phones, TVs, or screens. Just good old quality family time. Doing this weekly will work wonders for your most important relationships.
This is the day you can enjoy all of your hard work throughout the week. You and your family can come home and rest to a beautiful, clean, tidy and organized home. A tidy and organized home is one that surely nurtures and restores the soul.
I really hope you enjoyed this Old School Homekeeping Weekly Schedule. Always remember how important your role is as a stay-at-home mom. You’re raising a family and each member of your family goes out into the world and interacts with other individuals. When your home is warm, safe, and loving, the people in your home will have full hearts, bellies, and rejuvenated souls.
Don’t ever underestimate the importance of your work, and take joy in your daily tasks. They are some of the most mundane, yet beautiful and rewarding things you’ll ever do with your hands.
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