I washed two loads of laundry this morning as I so often do on a Monday. I wash on other days of the week too, but maybe somehow it is ingrained in my subconscious to wash on Monday according to homemaking tradition?
Traditionally, there was a certain chore for each day of the week. As the saying goes it is:
Monday: Wash Day ~ Tuesday: Ironing Day ~ Wednesday: Sewing Day ~ Thursday: Market Day ~ Friday: Cleaning Day ~ Saturday: Baking Day ~ Sunday: Day of Rest.
Of course, in bygone days, each of these tasks took the better part of a day so it was wise to devote an entire day to each. I admire the regimentation of it all; I think having a planned schedule of housework would be a big benefit on keeping me on track. I tend to do most homemaking chores haphazardly, here and there, or when things become so desperate that I can no longer stand it!
Taking a look at the traditional chores for each day, I like the Monday wash day thing. It is good to start the week out with clean laundry so I can deal with that. Tuesday looks like a free pass for me as I rarely, if ever, iron! I hang dry my clothes and they dry quite wrinkle-free. Wednesday is sewing day; which I don’t do either. I do mend things, so I think that would be a good day to do it.
Thursday is market day. Hey, I’m always good for (thrift) shopping! Oh, I think they mean groceries though. I will probably have to pass on this too as I usually shop groceries at Trader Joe’s right after church on Sunday. It’s right next door and it makes it very convenient, even though Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest (a little flexibility is okay, I’m sure)!
Friday is cleaning day. This sounds good – get the house spic and span for the weekend, so I can loll around. I tend to be a little lax with the vacuuming and floor mopping, and this sounds good to get on a regular schedule. Saturday is baking day. Since I don’t bake much either, I think I’ll take a pass on this too. Baking every Saturday seems a little excessive (for my waistline too)!
Which leaves Sunday, day of rest. I really like the now-forgotten tradition of resting on Sunday. But quite often Sundays turn out to be as busy as the rest of the week. For several years now, I have been consciously trying to keep Sunday at more of a restful state. It is hard though, when you work at home like I do. Work is always staring me in the face; there is no distinct separation. So I try to mentally remove myself and get engrossed in some other activity.
Maybe this will help me up my homemaking game! I must admit it feels good to have things clean and somewhat orderly, and getting back to a quasi-schedule just might be the ticket. Wish me luck!