Ah, no…that’s our shopping (errands/cleaning/visiting) day!Post written by rayna on 5 March 2012
One day when I was younger, my parents had to reschedule our piano lessons. My mother asked for a certain day (not sure which anymore – doesn’t quite matter), and the reply was, “Oh, no. Sorry. That’s our shopping day.”
In our great family tradition of then repeating what we deem “quotables” at random times for the next twenty years, we would say, “Oh, no. That’s our shopping day,” – often in a lilting British accent, although that may have just been my father who is not British, but is quite prone to saying fun phrases in a lilting tone.
All kidding aside, Mr. Hall’s little quip reminds us that not so very long ago, households kept certain days for certain chores. There was errands day, laundry day, a day for ironing, baking day, et cetera.
How much easier would it make things if we were to carry on that old tradition and dedicate one day of each week to detail cleaning the house! A home needs more than daily maintenance (sweeping, sorting mail, sweeping the kitchen, picking up toys, making the beds, throwing in a load of laundry) to really be lovely. It’s daunting, to be sure, but it’s true.
Time-consuming, yes, but it’s good for body and soul, saving you time at the gym and (maybe) at the talk therapist’s.
Anyway, what I advise (and what works for me) is this weekly outline:
Wednesdays: laundry room
Fridays: living rooms
Saturday: dining room
If this idea appeals to you, you will of course want to tailor it to your specific needs. If you have a very large house, you might have to stretch it to a week and a half or two weeks. You can also base your schedule on what else is going on in life, or on your energy level.
For example, I work outside the home Mondays and Wednesdays. Those are full days, and so I’ve saved the smallest rooms of our home for those evenings.
I hope you have luck with this system, or that at the very least it sets some housekeeping wheels in motion. We Simplicity Parenting folks appreciate that choosing “less” allows us to “do” more – a welcome paradox.
Good luck, and Happy Cleaning.
Rayna St. Pierre is a wife, mother, language enthusiast (speaks fluent Spanish!), and writer. She is passionate about her pursuit of a simple life with and for her children. You can follow more of her writing at Bright Copper Kettles, her blog dedicated to celebrating days of simplicity, economy, elegance, and ease.