Back in the olden days, they didn’t have the internet. I wonder how they functioned without Facebook? Well, I’m pretty sure they functioned quite well – and had less of an issue comparing their bread with Martha Stewart’s. Or their bodies with Angelina Jolie’s. And they all did chores.
Back when homemaking was cool (and it’s my mission to make it that way again!), women learned how to keep house from their mothers – who learned from their mothers – who learned from their mothers…are you catching on?
Sadly I hear from women on a daily basis who are struggling to keep their home because they weren’t taught the skills they need to make it happen.
The good news is…we can learn those skills! We don’t have to wallow in our misery in the hall closet eating chocolate. I even developed a Home Management e-course specifically to help women learn how to develop a routine that works, whether you stay at home or work outside of it.
The things we talk about here at Humorous Homemaking aren’t things I’ve made up myself – after all, the Word tells us, “there is nothing new under the sun.” They are things I’ve learned by doing, listening, and reading. I learned through the example of my mother, and now I’m passing the same information along to my children…and to you, because well – you’re here.
So, please don’t take this as “expert advice!” I’m just a homemaker, passing along the age old advice from wise women who have gone before me.
Let’s talk chores!
In the past, based on what I’ve learned from Large Family Logistics and Ma Ingalls, I’ve had one major chore each day of the week.
Why is this something you should consider? Simply this: it helps you stay focused on the task at hand. If it’s wash day, you’re focused on that and giving it your 100% best! Or at least the best you can give it while also wiping noses, butts, and fixing a roast.
In the past, our grandmothers and women like Ma Ingalls had chores for certain days:
“Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
Why? The answer is simple…because it literally took all day to wash. They were doing it outside in a big pot for Pete’s sake! It took all their time and energy for the day.
While this doesn’t apply to us today, it does make sense. Do it in one day – get it done. And focus on others things the rest of the week.
Why would someone have a day to bake? So that they can rest on Sunday. And so that the rest of the week you aren’t heating the house up so that it’s hot as blue blazes. Good gravy, it’s hot.
We probably don’t still need a day to churn or mend, we can still look at this list and say:
Hmmmm, Ma Ingalls had something going on.
Below is my chart for what I do daily (if you click on it and save to your computer, you can print the chart) – take it with a grain of salt, realizing I’m a weirdo. We are going to take each day and really examine it. See what’s going on. See how we can improve.
Our goal is a home that runs efficiently – and happily. Because if Mama ain’t happy, no one has clean panties…or dinner.
Start thinking about how you might be able to streamline your tasks and chores to make them run smoother.