Working Moms: How Do You Manage Housework?

by Melanie Edwards on April 19, 2010 · 49 comments

in Wahm,Working Mothers

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This post was first published on April 2, 2008. At that time, I was still working full-time outside the home. I’ve found that a cleaning schedule is also beneficial for the WAHM.

As a full-time working mom, it’s very hard for me to keep up with the household duties. I’ve posted before about the expectations – false no doubt – that I’ve set for myself.

Elizabeth over at Career & Kids touched on the subject recently, when a friend of hers realized there’s not enough time in the week. As she mentions, when you’re working all week, you want to use the weekend to spend time with the family. That is when I’d like to take a trip to the zoo, the park, or sometimes it’s just a matter of the “must” trips – like grocery shopping that needs to be done.

What can working moms do to manage the housework?

I’m not sure I have the answer just yet, but I AM trying something new.

I’ve set up a weekly chore schedule and broken down the housework to a little each day – there’s even a day off!

Here’s my schedule:

  • Sunday: clean bathrooms
  • Monday: wash laundry
  • Tuesday: fold laundry
  • Wednesday: sweep & mop
  • Thursday: vacuum
  • Friday: OFF day
  • Saturday: change bed sheets

Plus, every day is de-clutter day, since this can be done simultaneously with the other chores. That means, putting away toys, clearing the day’s mail, and other small tasks. The chores scheduled on the weekend can be done quickly in the morning before heading out for the day. ;)

To keep track of my schedule, I’ve printed out Hannah Keeley’s Total Mom Chore Chart, but any calendar will do.

I’m hoping this will help keep me on track and make things a bit more manageable. I’ve just made my list this week, so I’m only starting to put it into practice.

How do you manage your housework?

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1 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

OMG – I hate folding too. I’m torn between doing a load every day or just getting it out of the way at once. I don’t know if I could think about laundry every single day. lol

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2 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

OMG – I hate folding too. I’m torn between doing a load every day or just getting it out of the way at once. I don’t know if I could think about laundry every single day. lol

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3 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

It’s worth a try to see if it works for you. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it makes it a little more manageable, I think.

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4 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

It’s worth a try to see if it works for you. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it makes it a little more manageable, I think.

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5 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

It’s worth a try to see if it works for you. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it makes it a little more manageable, I think.

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6 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

It’s worth a try to see if it works for you. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it makes it a little more manageable, I think.

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7 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

It’s worth a try to see if it works for you. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it makes it a little more manageable, I think.

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8 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

It’s worth a try to see if it works for you. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it makes it a little more manageable, I think.

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9 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

It’s worth a try to see if it works for you. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it makes it a little more manageable, I think.

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10 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

It’s worth a try to see if it works for you. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it makes it a little more manageable, I think.

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11 Fran April 21, 2010 at 6:18 am

I don't have a routine which might explain why my house is a mess! The set schedule (with a day off even) seems like a great idea and definitely something I should do.

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12 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 7:16 am

Sounds like you have a routine similar to the schedule above. I find it makes it a bit more manageable.

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13 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 7:17 am

OMG – I hate folding too. I'm torn between doing a load every day or just getting it out of the way at once. I don't know if I could think about laundry every single day. lol

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14 modernmami April 21, 2010 at 7:18 am

It's worth a try to see if it works for you. It doesn't work for everybody, but it makes it a little more manageable, I think.

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15 Danielle January 6, 2011 at 4:15 am

I too hate laundry but find it alot easier to do a couple of loads every day. I put a load in in the morning and when I get home I put that load in the dryer and add another load to the washer. I fold and put it away instantly. The loads are smaller therefor are quicker to do. I have four kids and when they get home they each have a designated shared living area to pick up, tidy and clean(only takes them about 15 minutes), then they can choose to do their homework or play and do hw after dinner. The kids have to pick up their rooms and pick out their clothes for the next day before they go to bed. Since kids will be kids I do set some sort of standard to how I want things done ( age appropriate ) but they don’t do as good as I prefer so I have sectioned my home into 7 areas and each day I clean and organize that section of the day Example…Monday- master bedroom
Tuesday – oldest son’s room, Wednesday- Daughter’s room, Thursday- the 2 little one’s room, Friday- the 2 bathrooms and hallway closets ( linen closet and game closet), Saturday- living room and yard work( I also do my grocery shopping and the meal planning for the following week), Sunday- Kitchen and dining room, garage and car. The days I do a bedroom I do the sheets too! It seems like a lot but when you are consistent the actual job only takes minutes and it is about maintaining an organized clean home, if you skip a day it’s okay you just make up for it next week!

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16 modernmami January 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

It sounds like you have a great system and cleaning schedule in place! Thanks for sharing.

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17 modernmami January 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

It sounds like you have a great system and cleaning schedule in place! Thanks for sharing.

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18 Christine E Romero April 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Cleaning is no easy task but keeping the house clean is even harder in my home. It’s helpful for us to devote time to cleaning house on Saturday mornings or Friday evenings. Every person is assigned a task and we get done much faster.

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19 modernmami April 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

That’s a great method! I know some people prefer to clean on the weekends, but others prefer to do a bit each day so they can have fun on the weekends. Whatever works for your family is perfect!

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20 Brigett January 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Your calendar link goes to a XXX site…thought you should know!

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21 Melanie Edwards January 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Thanks so much for letting me know! Looks like the site got taken down and didn’t redirect. I’ve removed the link. :)

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