Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Schedule for the Modern 50's Housewife

A while back my fellow Stepford sister, Jairica, had a week to live life as close to a 50's housewife as she could. She has much more dedication to a goal like that than I do...but I'm going to give it a try. Starting tomorrow, I am going to try and utilize my time to its greatest potential AND keep my home clean. I'm also aiming at cooking and grocery shopping much more regularly than in my past.




In my posts of the past, I have talked a lot about getting into routines for both weight loss and organizing and keeping a home clean. I have never quite accomplished what I preach, and now I am in a position where I will have a few weeks between jobs that I can make up for lost time AND establish a routine that will allow my home to stay clean with minimal effort.

Since my first day will not begin until tomorrow, my schedule at this point is a good guess. Obviously, each person's home and responsibilities will vary so this is a schedule I made that I think will work for me.

Here is my planned schedule to keep myself on track (because I am too easily distracted!):



Task
Time Needed (in hours)

Feed the Dogs
.25
8:30-8:45
Showering
.50
8:45-9:15
Make-up and Dressing
.25
9:15-9:30
Breakfast
.25
9:30-9:45
Exercise
.75
9:45-10:30
Grocery Shop (daily)
.75
10:30-11:15
Vacuuming/Brush Cats
.75
11:15-12:00
laundry

12:00
Feed the Dogs/play time
.50
12:00-12:30
Lunch
.50
12:30-1:00
Laundry

1:00
Dust, sweep, mop, cat box
1
1:00-2:00
Special Project*
3
2:00-5:00
Feed dogs

5:00
Make Dinner
1
5:00-6:00
Eat dinner
.50
6:00-6:30
Plan Next Day’s Meals
.50
6:30-7:00
Kitchen Cleaning
.50
7:00-7:30
Finish Daily Laundry
.50
7:30-8:00
Family Time (computer/tv/trips etc)

8:00-9:00
Feed Dogs

9:00
Family Time

9:00-11:30
Cats/Dogs Night Routine
.25
11:30-11:45
Night Time Bathroom Routine
.25
11:45-12:00



Total Time:
15 ½ hours


Special Projects:
Upstairs Hallway
Master Bedroom Closet
Laundry Room
Master Bedroom Laundry
Basement: Quadrant 1
            -cleaning
            -Organizing
            -Moving
            -Painting Floor and Walls
Basement Quadrant 2
Basement Quadrant 3
Basement Quadrant 4
Dining Room Travertine
Living Room Travertine
Kitchen Cabinets Organization
Pantry Organization
Master Bathroom
Master Bedroom Flooring
Office
Reseal Wood Floors
Dog-Proof Fence
Clean Garage
Sand and Stain Redwood Furniture
Re-do Kitchen Cabinet Finish


As I prepare to start this schedule tomorrow, I already know that the time allotted in this schedule is not adequate for my first good cleaning of each room so I will just work to get the first floor of my home done BEFORE starting any special projects. Once each room is completely clean, I will be able to stick to the time allotted. I hope that it ends up being more time than I actually need in order to keep up with it. Any extra time will go toward a special project or time for me to meet up with a friend or go shopping!

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