Household

As hubby and I are now  both working full time, I think that the way that we do the household chores and things is really going to have to change.

The current situation (me in teaching, hubby unemployed/volunteering) is that I would be responsible for the cooking/food shopping and household cleaning, and hubby would be responsible for the bins, the majority of the laundry, and the dishes.

As hubby is about to be working full time, with at least a 60-75min commute (until we buy a house), and will be experiencing quite a shock to the system in terms of the new routine (he needs to leave for work by 6:45am at the latest and won’t get home until after 6pm due to traffic), I’m going to try to make things as simple for him as I can. To do this I need to also get myself super organised (am planning to leave for work at the same time as him, although my commute is shorter, I can use the extra time in the morning at school to get prepped). My evening return from school can vary dramatically, depending on what is going on after school (rehearsals, meetings, intervention/catchup sessions, etc).

So, I’m planning to divide the household tasks into manageable chunks each day and try to stick to a routine:

DAYBEFORE WORKAFTER WORKBEFORE BED
Monday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- dust, polish and hoover lounge + hall
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- sweep and mop kitchen + dining room
- set table for breakfast
- pack work bag
Tuesday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- put laundry on time delay
- clean bathroom
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- hang laundry
- set table for breakfast
- put laundry away
- pack work bag
Wednesday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- hoover stairs + landing
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- set table for breakfast
- pack work bag
Thursday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- tidy + hoover bedrooms
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- set table for breakfast
- pack work bag
Friday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- put laundry on time delay
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- hang laundry
- put laundry away
Saturday- meal planning
- do food shopping
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
Sunday- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- iron work clothes for following week
- set table for breakfast
- pack work bag

Update (1 month later…)

Routine went out the window pretty quickly! Haven’t yet managed to stick to it, so am going to revise it to try to keep things more organised. Obviously, as we are now in the process of buying a house, things are even MORE hectic as we are starting to pack and declutter… 

This is the new plan:

DAYBEFORE WORKAFTER WORKBEFORE BED
Monday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- dust, polish and hoover lounge + hall
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- sweep and mop kitchen + dining room
- set table for breakfast
- pack work bag
Tuesday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- clean bathroom
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- put laundry on
- set table for breakfast
- hang laundry
- pack work bag
Wednesday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- hoover stairs + landing
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- set table for breakfast
- pack work bag
Thursday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- tidy + hoover bedrooms
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- set table for breakfast
- pack work bag
Friday- make packed lunches
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- put laundry on
- hang laundry
Saturday- meal planning
- do food shopping
- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
Sunday- serve breakfast
- breakfast dishes
- make dinner
- dinner dishes
- iron work clothes for following week
- set table for breakfast
- pack work bag

Will report back in another month to re-evaluate…am sure as time moves on things will change, particularly as it is getting warmer/drier now and we need to be using the washing lines to dry the laundry rather than using the radiators because the radiators are NOT a cheap way to dry clothes at all.