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Monday, February 20, 2012

Home Planning and N. N. S.

For the past few days, I've been back into the swing of planning my housework organization. Notice I said “planning.” None of this has been really put into practice yet, so I can't attest to the efficiency or practicality of it. These are just my brainstorms—or, to be perfectly honest, I could call them the result of NNS. (That's “Nestless Nesting Syndrome.” The result of pregnancy while waiting to move from the trailer into the real house.)

After going back over the menu planning idea I shared a while back, I decided I could use a little more specification. So I'm going to try choosing one meat per week. A week's dinner menu might look something like this:

Week 1: Chicken

Chicken soup
Barbeque chicken and mashed potatoes
Parmesan Chicken on spaghetti noodles
Chicken and Rice
Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Or something to that effect. It's eating one meat all week, but every dish will taste different enough that even my variety-loving husband said it sounded like a good idea. This way, if I catch a good sale, I can choose that meat for the week and save some pennies. And usually, between his parents, my parents, and a meal out now and again, we'll have variety even within the week.

Also, inspired by Lindsay's post “How to Wash All Your Laundry in One Day,” I decided to look up the weekly chore list Ma Ingalls used in the Little House books. There are plenty of other versions online, but of course Little House is very nostalgic for me, and who can say no to a literary reference?

So I've been trying to come up with a modern schedule which corrolates to that which the Ingalls' used. Some are easy—I don't have to mess much with “Wash on Monday.” However, I haven't gotten quite to the point of making my own butter, so “Churn on Thursday” required a little creativity. The prototype looks like this:

Wash on Monday

Laundry, Extra dishes, Surfaces

Iron on Tuesday

Clothes put away, Surfaces clear

Mend on Wednesday

Sewing, Repo, Home fixes

Churn on Thursday

Fresh expendable supplies—mayo, dressings, cleaners

Clean on Friday

Bathrooms, Cupboards, Windows

Bake on Saturday

Bread, Cookies, Treats

Rest on Sunday.

I'm curious to know how my more seasoned housekeeping readers would see this.