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Clean The Old Fashioned Way - Cleaning Tips From Yesteryear

Updated on August 12, 2013

My Grandson Helping Me Clean

My Grandson Loves To Help Grammy Clean!
My Grandson Loves To Help Grammy Clean! | Source
Getting Out The Dustpan!
Getting Out The Dustpan! | Source

Remember This Poem

Wash on Monday,

Iron on Tuesday,

Mend on Wednesday,

Cooking on Thursday,

Clean on Friday,

Bake on Saturday,

Rest on Sunday.

Years and years ago, and still today, there were poems about when to do chores around your home. They were also put on dish towels to remind new housewives of their duties. It was one of the early cleaning schedules. Today things have changed a little, but if you wanted to you could still adhere to this type of schedule you could, with a few simple changes.

Wash on Monday

Before we start there are some things you should have to get organized. For laundry you should have a basket or hamper for each type of laundry you have. I have one for whites, one for things to be washed in warm water, one for things washed in cold water and one for my husband’s work clothes. When we take our clothes off, they go into one of the baskets. That way, I have my clothes sorted for laundry day.

Iron on Tuesday

If you still iron your clothes – and with all the new fabrics and new dryers out there, this seems to be a dying art – have all of your supplies together in one place. A shelf or basket of some sort can hold your iron and whatever else you may use. Keep it close to your ironing board for easy access.

Mend on Wednesday

Does anyone really mend anymore? Most people I know just throw out or donate torn items of clothing. But for those of you that still do mending it’s best to be organized. Many sewing machine tables have drawers or cabinet space for supplies such as needles and thread and patches. If yours does not, you could always buy a separate dresser or cabinet to hold your supplies.

If you choose not to mend, you could use this day to shop for new clothes.

Cooking on Thursday

This originally said “Churn on Thursday” but I don’t think I have even heard of anyone who still churns! I replaced this with cooking because many busy families cook casseroles or other dishes to freeze so that they have quick meals when they get home from work and hauling the kids around to all of their activities. Make sure that you have all of the ingredients ready so that you don’t have to stop in the middle of what you are doing and run to the store.

Clean on Friday

My cleaning is usually left for Saturday, just because I don’t have time for it during the week. I have found that it is easier and quicker to clean if I have all my cleaning supplies together in a basket that I carry around with me. The basket contains dusting cloths, window cleaner, spray wax, floor cleaner and carpet cleaner, among other things. That way, I just carry the basket and don’t have to stop every five minutes to run to the laundry room and get supplies.

Bake on Saturday

I don’t get to do much baking – this could be the day for grocery shopping instead. Make sure you have a list – that you will stick to – and any coupons or store ads that you might use. I try to map out the store in my mind and then make my list according to the aisles I will be shopping on. That way, I can go down one aisle at a time and not have to run back and forth across the store. I try to stick to my list as much as possible – but do allow for in store specials on items that I use all of the time – such as toilet paper or toothpaste.

Rest on Sunday

My Sundays aren’t really for rest anymore. Although I don’t attend a church, I try to worship in my own way on Sunday. I usually have my grandson over for the day and we play and goof around. I also use Sunday to get errands done as much as I can.

Although this poem may be outdated to a small extent, it is still a good schedule to follow. By following it, we get our work done in smaller portions and don’t get as overwhelmed by it all.

© 2012 LaDena Campbell

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    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Mom Kat....I try to live by this schedule...not that it always works...and right now it's just me and Hubby...when your kids are grown the grandkids start coming so there really is no time for rest! Thanks for reading!

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      Mom Kat 

      5 years ago from USA

      Very cute & well done.

      Completely impractical for my family :) but very well done.

      Having a house of 8, there's no way I can only do the wash 1 day of the week... lol That's an every single day chore for me.

      I don't iron, except on special occasions.

      I do mend, but not on a weekly basis. Just when the need calls for it. Someone lost a button, there's a whole in a sock, or if a teddy bear gets a rip. I've been known to fix my hubby's stuff most often because he's really hard on his "play" clothes... lol

      Cooking is an every day event, again, too many people & not enough time. It's like cooking for a dinner party every day.

      Cleaning (or at least serious picking back up) every day & then some :)

      I do still find time to bake, which is generally at least 1/2 the week. I make a lot of homemade bread to cut down on the grocery bill, plus it tastes better & it's better for you. A single meal in this house can require 2 full loaves!

      Rest... hahaha.... family motto I was raised with "you'll have plenty of time to rest when you're dead. If you're alive, you can work." :)

      I'm hoping that by the time the kids are up & grown I'll be able to live a relaxing life closer to this model.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      teaches -I'm glad you still mend and that it makes you feel good to do so! I used to mend....but it was out of necessity and it didn't make me happy! Thanks for reading!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I still mend, teacher. I love it because it saves money, but also it makes me feel like I've accomplished something good. I remember my mother had a weekly schedule, including the rest on Sundays. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Angela...my grandmother used to follow this schedule religiously...made me towels with the poem so I wouldn't forget it! Thanks for reading!

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      Angela Blair 

      5 years ago from Central Texas

      I've known ladies in my past that pretty much followed a schedule such as you suggest. With the passing of years there aren't as many that run their households that way -- BUT -- it'll still work. Delightful Hub and enjoyable read. Best/Sis

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thanks for stopping by catgypsy! Glad you liked it!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Frank-When you find that motivation let me know!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      My grandson it's a great helper! But he always expects is dollar for helping!

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      catgypsy 

      5 years ago from the South

      I have always believed that routines are important. You get used to doing whatever it is on that day and it becomes habit and, as you said, things get done and you aren't overwhelmed. Great advice!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      you seem to be on a mission..LOL great message and maybe it motivates me..LOL maybe :) great share

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the message, and although I do not churn, I do live by a schedule during the week. I find that working for myself demands that I learn to schedule my time, and then stick to the schedule. Otherwise, I would be flying to and fro with no direction. I like the way you wrote this around an old poem we all grew up with. Nice job, and your grandson looks like a great helper. :)

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