Living Like Little House in the Big Woods ~ Staying Organized

by Merissa on January 6, 2011

in Living Like Little House

I've talked a little before about being organized and keeping a daily to do list so you can get done all that needs to get done during your day and during your week so you aren't left at the end of the week with all the housework to do. In the Little House in the Big Woods, Laura talks about Ma's plan for the week so they got all their chores finished. She said:

"Every morning there were the dishes to wipe. mary wiped more of them than Laura because she was bigger, but Laura always wiped carefully her own little cup and plate. By the time the dishes were all wiped and set away, the trundle bed was aired. Then standing one on each side of the bed, Laura and Mary straightened the covers, tucked them in well at the foot and the sides, plumped up the pillows and put them in place. Then Ma pushed the trundle bed into it's place under the big bed. After this was done, Ma began the work that belonged to that day. Each day had it's own proper work. Ma used to say:

Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday."     ~ Little House in the Big Woods p. 28 - 29.

I keep a folder/binder where I keep all my daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists. I also keep my recipes and meal plans in it. Everything in one place is pretty handy!

You can go here to learn more about a modern version of this work week and how you can put things together here.

Make sure you read the entire Living Like Little House series!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robin January 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Thanks for the great video! Would it be possible for you to upload the checklists you mention or to post pictures of them? They are hard to see in the video and it would be really great to see how you organize your charts.


2 Merissa January 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I will try and work on that this week!


3 Tracy February 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Enjoyed the video. I, too, would find it helpful to see what your checklists have on them. Thanks for sharing.


4 Allison Wagner July 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Thanks. I enjoyed your video and really like your website.


5 Robyn Kaylynn January 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Just found your blog today, love it! I’m a little house fanatic, so this was an exciting find. Very good idea on being organized, think I might try it out.

Awesome blog!


6 Aline Bathalon March 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

Awesome blog and just LOVE, LOVE this website 🙂 thanks for doing this I will truly enjoy it and all of the tips..:) God Bless you !


7 Susannah February 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

The video isn’t working and I would love to see your folder/binder. I need help getting myself organized and staying that way. You have such great ideas!
Thank you for sharing~


8 Priscilla March 24, 2014 at 12:38 am

The video does not exist anymore but I too would like to see your folder/binder. I need help staying organized & I’m always looking for ideas. Thanks for your blog, I just found it & will return tomorrow to get some of your recipes! Thanks again!


9 Texas Kay July 11, 2014 at 8:13 pm

When my children were young, we read the Little House books one very cold winter. When we came to The Long Winter book my girls and I started a quilt. They were very young but we took some of their old favorite clothes and made a Dresden Plate quilt. My oldest daughters received the quilt when she married. The others girls received quilts too. Sadly, that marriage ended in a divorce and the quilt was lost. But the memory of that cold winter here in the Texas Panhandle will always bring a smile to my face. Lesson learned; hang on to your memories and your quilts ladies and gentlemen.


10 Susie Homemaker September 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

A pic or two of your folder/binder would be nice to see here. I used to have lists until someone made fun of my lists, but they work, I always got everything done that was on them. I’m gonna start a folder for my lists today!


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