Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by Travis Cody in

Did you have a list of daily chores when you were a kid?  Garbage on Tuesday, clean your room on Saturday morning, wash dishes after dinner every other night, yada yada yada.

Well, we really fell down on our chores through the holidays.  Our place is pretty small and doesn't take much to clean.  But like any other, if you ignore stuff then it gets dingy and dusty and a bit cluttered.

So we've listed out the daily chores, two per evening.  We each take one every day after we get home from work.  In barely 30 minutes a day, we're gradually getting things cleaned up and getting back in the habit of keeping it that way.

I enjoy a clean house, but I hate doing the work to keep it clean.  Pam is the same way.  But keeping up on the house cleaning stuff during the week means the weekends are wide open for anything we want to do.

And that's got to be a good thing, right?


  1. Akelamalu says:

    It makes it so much easier if you have a routine. MWM and I share all the chores and everything is done in no time - this gives us plenty of time for our little jaunts. ;)

  1. Travis, I sometimes feel like that is all I ever do...Housework is a real chore and it never seems to end.

    That is a great idea for you and Pam to get the chores done. It is nice that you help her as well.

    I have to admit that after all of the years of house work that I am just tired of cleaning, but I like a clean and orderly home to live in so I continue to clean. We are either the messiest people in the world or the cleanist. Ha.

  1. Anonymous says:

    That's what I do... Basically tackle one chore/day. It works. There's something about those 30-minute short bursts rather than the drudge of hours that keeps me motivated.

  1. I grew up on a farm so the answer is YES.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Trav: I'd worry more if there was no falling down on chores over a holiday. Problem with small places is - while they might be easy to clean - they are also show the falling down more quickly! I have chore charts: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly. I should be an accountant beause of that kind of trait . . . but, I'm not!

  1. Coco says:

    We have a routine here, too. Always have,b ecause I liked having at least one day on the weekend when the housework wasn't glaring at me. Of course, when it was the B-man and myself alone, it was more a case of time management for one person plus the little things that he could do. Now, with Steve and B-man being almost 8, the chores are divided more evenly

  1. Linda says:

    Are you giving yourselves an allowance, too? That always makes chores so much easier to do!

  1. Mags says:

    We don't have a "list" but there are things we do weekly. The biggest time suck is laundry b/c we don't have our our machines in the apartment.

  1. Akelamalu: That's what we're looking for weekends.

    Pam: We keep toying with the idea of maid service, but it's such a small place. There's no reason we can't keep it squared away between the two of us, and with minimum time and effort.

    Lois: Oh I know what you mean. It just sucks to spend hours cleaning. And then when you're done, you just don't feel like doing anymore. So the cycle repeats. Ick.

    Charles: I suppose my idea of chores is radically different than yours eh?

    GGG: Now that's a good point...who wants chores during the holidays??

    Coco: Everything probably goes a lot faster too, so there's more time for fun!

    Linda: Allowance? Hmmm...I must speak to the boss about that. HA!

    Mags: Put that at the top of the list for your next place...a washer and dryer in the house!