Revamping your routines : Weekly Routine 2

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“Ma used to say: Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, Mend on Wednesday, Churn on Thursday, Clean on Friday, Bake on Saturday, Rest on Sunday. Laura liked the churning and the baking days best of all the week.” 
–Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

In modern times, things are a little more variable. For example, we have both soccer and swim lessons coming up, and that will change the flow of our days. And yet, our weeks have a definite flow with the anchor of Shabbat. Whether we’re ready or not, Shabbat descends at sundown at Friday – so we have to fit everything around it!

My version of a routine includes setting up a chore schedule, both for me and for my kids. We do some things every day, and then some things only on certain days. Here’s a brief glimpse into our chore system from last year. I find it’s good to shake it up sometimes, though, so I’m working on something else (story of my life!)

My weekly routine is set up similarly to Ma’s in that I usually focus on one thing each day. But mine goes more like:

  • Planning and family time on Sunday
  • Clean downstairs on Monday
  • Clean upstairs on Tuesday
  • Errands and Shopping on Wednesday
  • Kitchen day on Thursday
  • Clean main floor and change bedding on Friday
  • Rest on Saturday

It’s flexible, because I could do the job in pieces, or all at once, early or late, or whenever it fits in. But I get things done this way without it being overwhelming. It doesn’t always work that I can hold things out for Wednesday – sometimes I need something from a store, or to run out and do an errand on another day. But most of it can! And Thursday as my kitchen day makes sure that the bulk of the cooking is completed and cleaned up by Friday, when we welcome in Shabbat.

Now for the kids: you can do something where each day is another chore (Monday is washing produce), plan the same thing every day (Chana’s job is clearing the dinner table), or make some cards with jobs and give everyone their job the night before / morning of as needed. Chores are important for kids – and Mom’s sanity!

How does your week look?

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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2 thoughts on “Revamping your routines : Weekly Routine

  • Jael

    Sunday: Cleaning away Schabbes/ Quality time/ Projects – fixing something in the House or Garden etc./ baking Challe/ cooking soup and matze balls – Xmas til Pessach: cleaning and decluttering the house for Pessach…
    Mon/ Tues: Washing, tumbling, ironig (continues until Thu evening)
    Wed: 99.9 % of all the Shopping, every third week nails, hair etc.
    Thu: All the Cooking, Baking and Dish-washing for Schabbes, start cleaning upstairs
    Fri: Cleaning base, change bedding and towels, clean bathroom etc, set table, defrost Challe, soup etc.
    Sa: Schabbes

    Full working, but no kids (exept my husband).