After the new year, my husband and I decided that we wanted to enjoy our weekends together more. It was really important for us to go out and do something fun and exciting with our time off. However, our weekends were already busy due to us always scrambling to get all of our chores done. Even though it’s just the two of us, we have two dogs and two cats which makes for plenty of chores to do! Dusting, Sweeping, Mopping, and other traditional chores filled up our weekends already. We couldn’t see how we would ever have any spare time to do things that we enjoyed. There were so many local areas we wanted to explore and things we wanted to do together. That’s when I started to do some research on how we could organize our lives better, starting with our chores. We wanted to maximize our time during the week, to allow for some more free time on the weekend. That’s when I stumbled across this concept of scheduling out your chores and thought I would give it a try. Here’s what you need to do to get started:
Create A List
Before you can schedule out your chores, you first need to create a list of all the chores or activities that you typically have to get done on the weekend. For us, it was things like:
- Mopping thefFloors
- Changing the bed sheets
- Wiping down windows
- Cleaning the bathrooms
- Grocery shopping
- Take dogs to the dog Park
Add anything you can think of to the list! Work on this list with your spouse or significant other. There may be things they think of that you don’t!
What Can Wait?
Once we had that list, we were able to determine what items HAD to wait until the weekend and which we could try to schedule during the week. What I mean by things that HAVE to wait until the weekend, are things that you physically could not do during the week due to work or time restrictions. For example, we determined that the only items that we really HAD to do during the weekend was taking the dogs to the dog park, grocery shopping, and budgeting. The reason for that is both my husband and I work full-time jobs during the week. Therefore, the only time we are both available to take our dogs to the dog park together is on the weekend. Also, we have to do our weekly grocery shopping and budgeting on the weekend because we get paid on Fridays. We always make sure to review and manager our budget before going grocery shopping or spending any money the following week. As a result, I usually end up reviewing our budget and paying our bills on the weekend.
Set Up A Schedule
The next thing we had to do was determine how long it would take to complete each task. By doing that we could determine what days during the week we had enough time to schedule them for. For example, changing the bed sheets takes under 10 minutes, but vacuuming and mopping the floors can take 30 minutes to an hour (depending on how much dog hair is everywhere).
We then used the reminders app on our iPhones to set reminders for when we were going to do the chores each day. My husband and I both work from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during the week and so we set the reminder to go off at 6:00 pm. This way we allowed for travel time to get home from work and get settled in before jumping right into doing the chores for that evening. We knew that we didn’t want to spend the entire evening doing chores, so we decided that we would spend no more than 30 minutes doing chores each night and try to do no more than one chore each a night. This way we would allow time to decompress after work and not overexert ourselves. After a long day at work, no one wants to spend hours doing chores so we knew that limiting the time we spent ton this each night was important. After that, the last thing to do was determine who was going to do what.
Once we determined what chores we needed to do, how long each chore would take to complete, and when would be the best day during the week to do it – we determined how we would split up the work. For example, my husband HATES having to the do the laundry. I HATE having to do the dishes. We were able to split up the chores based on what each of us prefer doing and based on who had the availability to complete the chore on that day. My husband does the dishes twice a week and I do the laundry twice a week. That way we keep things fair and balanced. By determining who is going to do what chore in advance, it also saves us from bickering on the day of about who is going to do what.
This has been working out really well for us – but there have definitely been a few nights where I simply didn’t feel like doing the chores set for that night. In some circumstances, my husband would lovingly pick up the slack for me. In return, I would do the same for him on days where he just wasn’t feeling it. Other times, it was just a really tough day for both of us and neither of us felt like doing anything. THAT’S OKAY. Setting a schedule and using the reminders app helps you stay on track, but we know things happen. You can miss a day and carry it over into the next day.
For example, if we didn’t feel like doing the dishes tonight we wouldn’t have to. However, that meant that the next day we would have two chores to do in one night instead of just the one we originally had planned. You do want to be careful about letting things roll over to the next day though. Before you know it you’ll be back to where you started with putting off all the chores to the weekend.
Overall, my advise is try to stick to the schedule as much as possible. It’s okay if you have a bad day every now and then and don’t want to do the chore for that day. In this case, just be sure to pick up the slack tomorrow and not let things get out of hand. This makes for a clean and organized house, and a relaxed family on the weekends.
Check out our YouTube video with more information about scheduling chores and how it has been working for us at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cxRye-6Cuw&t=45s