As someone who takes care of a home, things can get overwhelming pretty quickly. Many people who work 9-5 jobs might think staying at home all day sounds easy, but being a homemaker involves a lot of work and energy. Many homemakers also have full-time or part-time jobs or take care of children along with managing the home. This is where having a weekly homemaking routine can be really helpful. It breaks down your tasks into days and actionable steps.

A woman in her cottage kitchen writing down her weekly homemaking routine

Homemaking involves many roles and responsibilities, from planning meals and doing household chores to laundry and taking care of your family. Each day comes with its own set of tasks and opportunities. By creating a weekly homemaking routine, you can reduce stress and have more time to spend with your loved ones.

I’ve created a weekly routine that outlines what to do each day, giving you an idea of how to manage your time, prioritise tasks, and bring creativity and warmth into your home. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a working professional, or someone juggling both, I believe the principles and strategies I share can be adapted to fit your situation.

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Why Establish a Weekly Homemaking Routine?

Creating a weekly homemaking routine is essential for several reasons:

  1. Structure and Predictability – Having a regular routine makes it easier to handle tasks without getting stressed.
  2. Efficiency and Productivity – Spreading out your tasks across different days can help you avoid a pile-up of chores and make it easier to manage your time efficiently.
  3. Reduced Stress – Having a clear plan for what you need to do each day can help reduce the stress of making decisions and create a more peaceful and organised home.
  4. Quality Family Time – Having a good schedule helps make sure you have time for spending with family, taking care of yourself, and relaxing, which can all make you feel better overall.
Cosy living room with a fireplace in a cottage home

Weekly Homemaking Routine Breakdown

Here are some weekly tasks to consider when creating your weekly routine:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal planning
  • Meal prep
  • Laundry
  • Washing bed linens
  • Cleaning bathrooms
  • Cleaning floors
  • Monthly tasks like washing windows, organising cupboards, dusting and polishing
  • Decluttering
  • Emails and admin tasks like paying bills
  • Appointments or events to attend
  • Gardening
  • Hobbies (don’t forget to have fun)
  • If you have kids, it may include playdates, preschool days, activities

Below is an example of how you could organise your weekly homemaking routine if you are a full-time homemaker to help you become more efficient and less stressed. If you work, just adjust it to suit your schedule. If you can’t clean your bathroom every week, make one week about the bathroom and the next for vacuuming.

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Monday

Kick-start your week with administrative tasks so you feel organised from the start. Dedicate Monday to handling errands such as grocery shopping, paying bills, responding to important emails and scheduling any necessary appointments. Check your weekly schedule and adjust it for the week ahead. This proactive approach will help you start the week on a positive and organised note!

Morning:

  • Plan meals for the week – Choose simple, quick meals within your budget. Stick to recipes with similar ingredients to avoid food waste. When you feel uninspired, check out Pinterest for new meal ideas.
  • Make a grocery list – Check your pantry and fridge to avoid overbuying. Set a weekly budget and stick to it. Check out my 12 tips to save money on your groceries.
  • Go grocery shopping or order online – Head to the grocery store and pick up the items on your list. If you can access online shopping, this may be easier for you, especially if you have kids.

Afternoon:

  • Sort and respond to emails – Create a dedicated folder for important emails and set aside 30 minutes to respond. This prevents your inbox from becoming overwhelming.
  • Pay bills online: Set up automatic payments where possible to avoid late fees and save time.
  • Review schedules and appointments – Use a family calendar to keep everyone in the loop.
  • Prep documents for the week – Organise any necessary forms, work documents, or personal paperwork in a designated folder.

Evening:

  • Meal Prep – Try prepping some food for the week ahead. This could involve making a big batch of muffins for a snack throughout the week, baking a loaf of sandwich bread, or making a big batch of granola.
A warm, inviting kitchen in a cottage home. There is fruit and tea on the table

Tuesday

Morning:

  • Declutter and tidy up common areas – Spend 10-15 minutes in each room. Use baskets to sort items quickly.
  • Start a load of laundry – Always have your appliances working for you while you do other tasks. Laundry can pile up quickly, so getting a load on first thing in the morning is an excellent start to the day!

Afternoon:

  • Clean the bathrooms – A clean bathroom is a blessing. If you have multiple bathrooms, just tackle the main one first, then move on to the others if you have time and energy. If it’s a struggle, just try to clean the vanity and toilets. This can make all the difference.
  • Fold and put away laundry – If the washing is dry from the morning, fold it and put it away.

Evening:

  • Plan a simple dinner – Since you know Tuesdays are bathroom cleaning days, make your life easier by cooking a one-pot or slow-cooker recipe.
Washing hanging on the clothes line on a sunny day in a garden

Wednesday

Morning:

  • Water indoor plants – Check each plant’s specific needs. Use a watering schedule to ensure consistency.
  • Outdoor maintenance – Head outside if you have a garden and check for weeds, pests, or areas needing attention.

Afternoon:

  • Plan outdoor family time – If the weather is good, head outside for a picnic lunch or walk.

Evening:

  • Vacuum and mop floors – If you can afford one, use a robotic vacuum to save time. Mop any floors that need cleaning.
  • Tidy up the garage or basement – Spend 30 minutes organising and cleaning these often-neglected areas.
A bright window sill with natural cleaning products and a green plant

Thursday

Morning:

  • Freshen up bedrooms – Change bed linens and vacuum mattresses.

Afternoon:

  • Wash windows – Wash your windows every few weeks. Clean both inside and outside if possible. Don’t forget about your window sills! This is my favourite homemade window cleaner with vinegar.

Evening:

  • Experiment with a new recipe – Try a fun baking project or a new dinner recipe.
A cosy bedroom with floral bedding in a cottage home

Friday

Morning:

  • Dust and polish surfaces – Use microfiber cloths to avoid spreading dust. Don’t forget ceiling fans, light fixtures, and baseboards.
  • Clean appliances -Run a cleaning cycle on your washing machine, dishwasher, and oven. Wipe down the exterior of all appliances.

Afternoon:

  • Organise storage areas – Tackle one storage area, like a closet or pantry, to declutter and reorganise.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, creating a personalised weekly homemaking routine can be a game-changer in achieving balance and fulfilment in your daily life. By staying flexible and embracing the ups and downs, you can transform your home into a haven of harmony and joy.

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