So my mom bought me a set of embroidered days of the week tea towels. They were hand embroidered by a 70 year old woman and they set me off on a whole new way of thinking about my role in our home.
For years I've been saying I need a schedule, a rhythm to my days. As a stay at home/work at home mama, creating a sense of rhythm to our weeks is something I really struggled with. Add a second child to the mix and I found myself drowning. The laundry piled up. We started eating fast food. There was never enough milk in the house. And never enough time.
Okay, I suck at this "stay at home mom/homemaker" thing, I really do. And when I'm terrible at something I have to do (and actually love in many ways) I feel horrible. Unmotivated. So I need a rhythm. A schedule. Something! Then the towels came.
Back in my grandmothers day, these days of the week towels pretty much outlined what a typical housewife's workweek really looked like. Really! I asked her. And my grandmother still does her weekly shopping on Thursdays. So three weeks ago I decided I was going to use the classic schedule as a modern jumping off point for my own weeks.
Monday is wash day. I'm keeping this one as is. I do all our loads of laundry on Mondays now. The best part is that once the last sock is put away I know I don't have to do laundry for a whole week! This is loads (no pun intended) better than doing it here and there which felt endless. Okay, this once a week doesn't include diaper laundry. But that doesn't count.
Tuesday is ironing day. Okay, who irons anymore? For us, Tuesday is TV day. Yep, TV. I also clean out the fridge. It is TV day because until now I watched zero TV for the last 15 years. On Tuesdays my husband teaches a night class so it is me and the wee ones all day and all night. So after dinner we watch an hour of TV. This way I stay sane. Now when I say "TV" I don't mean actual TV, I mean whatever we rent from Netflix. Come on, you don't think after 15 years I'd open that can of worms, do you?
Wednesday is sewing day. I'd love to dedicate a day to sewing but this isn't realistic. Instead, our Wednesday is work on a project day which could mean anything from sorting out a closet to purging the toys to sewing new curtains.
Thursday is shopping day. This I'm also keeping the same. Every Thursday I write a grocery list and then go shopping for the entire week. Only once a week shopping! So much easier than the nightly "what should we do for dinner" dance we used to do which involved multiple trips per week to the market. Huge time saver.
Friday is cleaning day. Also keeping this one. I hate to clean with a passion but my mood is better on Fridays so I can face the broom. I'm motivated to get the yucky stuff done so I don't have to worry about tackling a tower of dirty dishes over the weekend.
Saturday is baking day & Sunday is rest day. For us, Saturday & Sunday are family days which include baking sometimes and rest hopefully. Every weekend will be different so we're leaving this open. It will often include gardening or hiking or cooking something yummy. But the common thread is that it is all of us together so we'll just call them family days.
So it is a start. I'm keeping it really simple so I have a good chance of following it. Do you have set days that you do certain things? What are they?