Well, it's been over a week since I started my new routine, and it has been going very well. I divided it up into very doable chunks, and I feel so good each day when I get my tasks done. I don't like the word "jobs" because I have very negative associations with that word ("Did you get your jobs done?" was a very overused phrase in my childhood), and the word "chore" doesn't really resonate with me either. So "task" it is. For any of you who are interested (probably just Linds) and for my own record's sake, here is my weekly routine.
Monday: Major housecleaning day (neaten, dust, and vacuum all rooms)
-Wash sheets and towels
Tuesday: Laundry day and bathrooms (I do all the laundry on one day, and it is amazing not having to think about it for another week!)
Wednesday: Deep clean the kitchen (stove, refrigerator, oven if needed, countertops, sink, floor), meal plan and make grocery list
Thursday: Grocery shopping, make babyfood, vacuum main floor and as needed upstairs
Friday: Odd Jobs (mailing things, cooking freezer meals ahead, paying bills) and organizing (closets, drawers, etc.)
Saturday: fun day. (I hated how Saturdays were the work day in my house growing up. So I'm stopping that tradition in my own home. I much prefer getting my work done during the week, having a fresh clean house for the weekend, and having a day to just play and not have any big jobs. It's very refreshing.)
A few good quotes from my housekeeping bible, which I am definitely going to purchase:
"Living in your home constantly uses up its good things - food, clean clothes, linens, shiny floors. Housekeeping routines provide for their continual renewal. The best way to begin keeping house if by setting up your routines and schedules. This can be done piece by piece and little by little; housekeeping is never all or nothing." (p. 20, emphasis added)
"A housekeeping routine not only prevents your home from growing seedy and sour between cleanings but also helps assure that you are willing to do the work, for, as experienced people all know, housework motivation can be a psychologically delicate matter. Cleaning, laundry, and other chores are far harder after you have let them go for two weeks; the energy you must summon to tackle them becomes greater the longer you have procrastinated. Not doing some housework leads to not doing even more housework. "(p. 20)
"People used to be fond of the old saying that a housewife's work is never done, but you do not hear it much anymore, perhaps because today, so often, the housewife's work is never started. In any event, this maxim, like most, is only half true. Yes, you can always think of something else that could be done, and yes, you will do more tomorrow, but in fact there really is an end to what your routine calls for this day or week or year. You, however, are the one who sets limits. Beginners should recognize the importance of setting plausible and explicit goals in housekeeping so that they know when they are done. In my experience, the most common cause of dislike of housework is the feeling that the work is never done, that it never gives a sense of satisfaction, completion, and repose.
To avoid this, you have to decide what ordinary, daily lebel of functioning you want in your home. [...] Otherwise you will feel trapped and resentful, in danger of becoming one of the many unfortunaates who hate taking care of their own homes." (p. 18)