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Weekly Chores by Day


Remember those cute vintage days of the week kitchen towels that depicted a character in the midst of a household chore? These sweet sets of towels known as Day of the Week Towels, commonly depicted an image of a Dutch girl going about her daily household chores, because the Dutch epitomized cleanliness to many of Americans. These towels really became popular in the 1930-40s, especially after the war and when the economic Depression was recovering, women were back in the kitchen and embracing domestic bliss.

Days of the week embroidered towels available at AmazonThese whimsical towels are more than adorable collectibles, they also offer us a peek into the way our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers kept house.

Once while talking with my best friend and I asked her “Why is it housekeeping comes so naturally to some, and for others like myself is a mystery”? See, for years I struggled to keep house. Early in my marriage, it was a breeze, with just my husband and myself in a tiny house, no problem! But a few years down the road add three kids in the mix, a full-time farm, sports, a much larger farmhouse with very little storage and I was lost at sea.

Time was always an issue, I never felt I was making headway.

Something had to give.

But, I digress, back to my conversation with my friend. She said something so simple it was genius.

Her answer was: “No one ever taught us to clean“.

For a moment I thought about this, cleaning is simple, do you really need someone to teach you how to clean?

But the more I thought about it the more it occurred to me household maintenance, is an important life skill. My friend’s mother was quite slovenly and didn’t worry about housekeeping. My mother, on the other hand, was particular and wanted things done the way she wanted them done, and sent us kids out to play while she handled ALL of the housekeeping, laundry, and cooking.

For my friend and I, the passing down of domestic customs and routines was skipped. But I am determined to reclaim them. And those sweet little vintage Day of the Week towel sets provided an important window into the past.

Each day of the week was designated to undertake the largest of the weekly chores. There were of course reasons for this, because, for say the laundry, it literally took all day to wash! They were doing it outside in a big pot and hanging it on a line.

Obviously, we have washers and for the most part dryers 🙂 we can accomplish much more in way less time. Why would we still want to devout a whole day to chores like laundry, cleaning, and baking?

I think the answer is because, for me at least, it means we can do it in one day – get it done. And focus on others things the rest of the week.

So inspired by the Day of the week towels, which generally spell out the week as:

Wash on Monday
Iron on Tuesday
Mend on Wednesday
Market on Thursday
Clean on Friday
Bake on Saturday
Rest on Sunday.

I am laying out my days in a similar order, only better suited to fit the times:

Wash on Monday
Clean on Tuesday
Bake on Wednesday
Market on Thursday
In Home Office Work on Friday
Catch Up on Saturday
Rest and Family Time on Sunday.

I already have designated one day a week to cleaning, and I will go more into that in its own post, so I am excited to undertake this.

Will you join me in attempting this? Have you or do you keep house on a schedule similar to this? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday 20th of November 2022

It probably sounds strange that someone wouldn’t know the day of the week or month but when you are retired and homebound like me it happens UNLESS you have a plan of daily chores. Just like in my professional life only now home life. I saw my grandma and mom have that routine and I carried it on for professionally and at home all throughout my life. My friend’s house literally shines because she cleans up after each meal and daily used rooms. I had to make my bed and clean my room daily as a child preparing me for life. Kids these days don’t have cleaning in their routine usually or it’s just the female ie, my granddaughter. Mothers need to prepare son for house life also!!! Need to be a good husband as well as a wife.


Sunday 20th of November 2022

I sang a song identifying the chore for the day but can’t remember the melody. It was a childhood staple. I found now that I’m retired and homebound that setting up the chores for each day allows me to get them done but also I can remember what day it is.


Saturday 12th of November 2022

chore charts are crucial , otherwise you'd be cleaning all day everyday. in every hour, everyday. Every 20min segment there must be no monotony. You can still get the chore done yet spice it up a bit, you decide how. Remember to dance and sing while you clean. especially if you have children. Dancing with the family, along with other strategies, has been directly liked to leaning to be intermate. In other words it creates a bond with the family as well as appreciating our bodies in appropriate ways.


Thursday 5th of August 2021

I'm literally in the midst of doing this now - that's how I found this blog. My work is changing my start time and end time to more than 1.5 hours later, so, I will be home alone for that time in the morning, and I don't want to sacrifice time with my daughter in the evening to work on chores. So, I'm trying to set up a system for each day of the week with a "major-ish" chore that I can get done in that time. For Wednesday, I have wash clothes on Wendesdays (I have a utility sink that clogs easily, so I have to watch it during drain cycles, and tend to hang clothes to dry), Floors on Thursdays, Kitchen Clean on Friday (ie inside fridge/oven/microwave, clean out old stuff, etc), Shopping/Errands on Saturday, (obviously will take more than an hour and a half) Sunday Catch Up (I also work a second job Sunday mornings), Bathrooms Mondays, and special projects for Tuesdays (ie things that need to be done monthly or less, or a decluttering blitz or what-have-you). There are always a few daily chores (cat boxes, dishes, garbage/recycling, ten-minute-tidy), but, I'm hoping this will help me get on a more regular cleaning schedule (although, honestly, at the end of the day, I'm not a neat freak or anything, so, it doesn't really bother me if life gets in the way). For now, though, I'm just working on making it a habit for Wednesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and I'll worry about the other days as they come.

Anne H

Monday 12th of October 2020

Louisa May Alcott's book Jack and Jill has a character who gets totally overwhelmed by housework because there is no plan/order to her approach and fails miserably. Her later attempts are more measured and are successful, but it was easier to identify with her well intentioned but haphazard (and unsuccessful) approach :)

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