The Homemaker’s Creed

by Merissa on January 28, 2013

in Featured, Organization 101, Simple Living

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The Homemaker's Creed

I don't know about you but I like to have a schedule.

I like to know what my day is going to look like, that way I can handle most any surprises and still get everything done that I need to get done! (Of course that's not always the case but it's a good theory to try and practice!)

One thing that always stuck in my mind from the book, Little House in the Big Woods was this little motto:

Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday."

I love that. How much more of a simplified weekly chores list can you get? One major chore to do each day. No stressing about the other chores because they will have their time and place. One thing to focus on at a time. There can be so many things in a simple life to deal with (just like any lifestyle) which is one of the reasons that I wrote my workbook, 31 Days to Simpler Living.

So anyways, I was thinking about this little saying the other day and thinking about how it might be a good way to try and get organized this year. But really, I iron sometimes but it doesn't need a whole day. And I sure don't spend a whole day churning.

So I decided to come up with my own little modern version of this little saying. It applies a little better to our current way of living while still keeping the original guidelines of the old saying in tact.

I even made it into a cute little printable page so you can print it off and put it up on the front on your fridge, or maybe on the first page in your home management binder as a good reminder of how simple it can be to stay on top of the tasks.

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1 Heather @ My Kansas Life January 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

I, too, have my daily list of chores. Without it, I think the chores might overwhelm me some days and other days I’d be bored. Monday is floors, Tuesday is bathrooms and kitchen, Wednesday is bedrooms, Thursday is basement, and Friday is baking. With a small baby and a husband who is a repairman, laundry is every day!


2 Heidi January 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Explain “Make Ahead” more please. Are you talking meals for the week? Freezer meals?


3 Merissa January 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Yes, Make Ahead is anything that you can do ahead of time to make the rest of your week easier!


4 Cynthia L. January 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I learned to make a schedule a very long time ago! If I don’t nothing gets done – I get sidetracked very easily!

When I homeschooled my daughter, we loved the Little House series! Thank you for sharing this.


5 Jodie Fitz January 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

I loved that book :), but as much as I have tried a schedule like that – I never stick to it! Not at this point anyway…
There’s always something that pops up & takes over – lol!


6 JILL January 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

This seems like it would take the pressure off, and help reduce the chaos of keeping a house. Although I tend to want to get everything done in one day, that just becomes a frustration because I. CAN’T. (especially with a two-year-old and one-year-old in tow).

Printed the list – thanks!!!


7 Christine January 29, 2013 at 1:01 am

I love this list! So much easier than other sites I’ve tried to follow. I may have to work with it a bit so it fits my schedule, but as it happens, I did the wash today (Monday) and I’ve some make-ahead plans for Thursday! I’m ready! 🙂
I love all the hints you share! Thanks so much!!


8 Michelle January 29, 2013 at 6:34 am

I’ve decided my house is just way too big to be able to keep under control, especially with medical issues that tire me quickly. Four levels with the same number of bedrooms and three bathrooms with all those stairs is very overwhelming. Maybe something like this will help because I know I have the whole day to get something done. My kids are also in high school so the plan will eventually be to move to a smaller cabin with hubs and better sustainability. Then the two girls can worry about the big place.


9 Lily April 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm

We have a working 1890s farm by us. I went there a few years ago with my daughter when they were showing how laundry was done. They didn’t have the conveniences we have today. Laundry would take most of the day. The clothes would be wrinkles, so ironing would take most of another day. In addition, clothes were wrung out with the manual wringer. This could cause some damage to the clothes (and buttons, etc). Hence, a day for mending. Anyway, that’s how they explained it.


10 Stacy February 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm

The only problem is sweeping is a daily thing on our ranch. Other than that, great!!!


11 Mrs. Porter February 7, 2014 at 12:54 am

I love the schedule Ma had, too! I made one for me that was similar to yours but I needed an errand day. I don’t run around all week. I find that I waste time, gas and miss opportunities with my kids I homeschool, if I do. I plan my errands on one day, my day happens to be Thursdays. Thank you for sharing!


12 j February 7, 2014 at 4:11 am

I made a weekly calendar a year ago on a poster board with hand sketches of the events/chores of each day so my then 5 and 2 year old could also know what the plan was. It became so much easier to say it’s Thursday and that means we need to clean the bathrooms today, or it’s Tuesday and I need your laundry brought downstairs. I loved having baking day (Wednesday) so I could plan what I wanted to bake and have all the ingredients purchased on grocery day (Monday). I also had the weekly recurring events like choir practice, so the kids knew I would be gone that evening and they would be hanging out with Dad. We have since thrown our lives into upheaval, but I hope to get back to the calendar because it did help me immensely to know that I didn’t have to do everything every day or feel guilty. So, yay for schedules!


13 Rebecca April 2, 2016 at 9:35 pm

I noticed that many people are using the Little House books for homeschooling. In case you haven’t heard of it there is a whole curriculum based on the Little House books. It is called the Prairie Primer. I used it when I was homeschooling my son. It is a very good course, very comprehensive, and yet fun too. You can buy it on eBay.


14 Jessica September 8, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Your homemaking binder link states Not Found Error, as an FYI. Also, I love your site…. you practice what I’ve been doing for years now. Lol, But I find with each stage of my kid’s lives I have to adjust my schedules. My kids are little no more; 2 high school age and 1 4th grader. So, I adjust again, but, almost full circle to where I started before kids. The exception is my older girls help me clean now. Many blessings your way!


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