Working Moms: How Do You Manage Housework?

by Melanie Edwards on May 16, 2016 · 13 comments

in Wahm, Working Mothers

As a business owner and working mom, it can often be hard for me to keep up with household duties. I’ve posted before about the expectations – false no doubt – that I’ve set for myself. I’m sure you can relate to the sentiment of feeling like there’s just not enough time in the week. When you’re working during the day and on weekdays, you want to use nights and weekends to spend time with the family. That is when I’d like to take a trip to the zoo, the park, or just enjoy a movie with the family! Sometimes, the weekends are full of necessary trips, though – errands you can’t complete during the week (i.e., grocery shopping). So, what’s a busy mom to do? I’m not sure I have a final solution that works for everyone, but I’ve been trying something for a while that seems to be helping.

Cleaning Schedule for Busy Moms

What can working moms do to manage the housework?

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 weekly cleaning 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 declutter 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 the cleaning schedule, I write down each day’s task on our family’s calendar. This helps everyone see it and encourages the rest of the household to pitch in.

By breaking down the housework into smaller daily tasks, it seems to make things a bit more manageable. By the time the weekend rolls around, there’s less to do!

How do you manage your housework?

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