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My Schedule

My Daily Schedule The Prudent Homemaker

My schedule has not changed much since I posted it 2 1/2 years ago, but I have made some small changes. I also have a nursing baby now. I can count on him waking every morning at close to the same time (Can I just say "hooray!" that it's usually around 5:30 a.m.? My poor mother; I woke every day at 4 a.m.!)

I usually have 4 loads of laundry a day to wash Monday - Saturday. My goal is to get them done early in the morning.

On Saturdays, we have a bit of a relaxed schedule, and we sleep in just a little. We don't have school on Saturdays, but chores, laundry, and meals generally follow the same schedule. When it's cooler, I'll often spend most of Saturday out in the garden. Sundays I don't do laundry. We have church and spend a relaxed day together, playing board and card games together.



4:45 Wake and prayer

4:50 Move laundry from the washer to the dryer; start a new load in the washer

5:00 Shower and dress

5:30 Nurse baby

6:00 Wake children 

6:05 Move laundry to dryer and put another load in the washer. Move laundry that is dry to couches for children to fold.

6:10 Put away large pots and pans. Encourage children with chores. 

6:15 Brush girls' hair. Start breakfast.

6:50 Move laundry from dryer that is dry to couches for children to fold. Move load of laundry to dryer and put another load in the washer. 

7:10 Plate breakfast

7:15 Breakfast

7:30 Encourage children with after-breakfast chores

7:45 Move laundry to dryer. Wash pots and pans; tidy kitchen

8:00 School with children 

11:00 Start making lunch

11:30 Lunch

12:00 Encourage children with after-lunch chores

12:15 Wash pots and pans; tidy kitchen

12:30 Continue school with children

1:30 Garden, make bread, sew, take photographs, blog (usually one or two of these). Children's nap time/quiet time in their rooms.

3:00 Household chores

3:30 Snack time

4:00 Wash snack dishes. Start dinner.  Children's playtime.

5:00 Work on dinner. Have children do before-dinner chores

5:30 Liberty piano practice

6:00 Wren piano practice

6:30 Dinner

7:10 Have children do after-dinner chores.  Put a load of laundry in and program it to wash in the morning to be done before I get up (using the delay start option). 

7:30 Scriptures, songs, and family prayer

7:45 Wash pots and pans; tidy kitchen

8:00-9:00 Work on blog and website; spend time with my husband (talking, playing a game, watching a show on the computer together, etc.)

Bedtime sometime after that, but usually before 9:30 (later if I'm posting on the site, like tonight!)

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I'll sneak in a bit more time in the garden, in the sewing room, or cleaning the house if I have a dinner that takes a bit less time, or if I'm making a more hands' off meal where the dinner is in the oven instead of on the stove. I've been finding myself using the oven and the solar oven a lot more recently; it's nice to put something in and walk away, giving myself extra time to work on other tasks. 

For our homeschool schedule, see here.

Tomorrow I'll post our current chore schedule.

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  • Becky September 19, 2016

    I have used the crock pot a lot over the years (even when I'm home) for the same reason: It gives the food a chance to cook while I'm not hovering over it so I can do other things. I also like to get as many things ready ahead of time as I can for dinner or any meals that are more involved or where I need to take food with me. I don't have a solar oven, but marinating meat and having Rob barbecue it makes dinner speedy, too.

    For a few years, I made 30 meals at the beginning of each month, froze them, and then just put one in the oven each night. Then I was able to concentrate on the side dishes, or desserts. Rob finally rebelled against 30 pre-frozen meals a month:) He was a good sport for several years, though, when I had a lot of kids I was home-schooling at the same time and our budget was so, so tight-- and he will cheerfully eat several frozen meals per month any time I want to make them up ahead of time now. (I was making up the same 30 meals every month over and over, for several years, but it worked for that time of our lives)

    You schedule seems very ambitious and well-arranged. Hats off to you! I have 8 children, but they have never all lived at home at the same time, so I can see why you need to be so organized, since all 8 of yours are there all at once! Laundry alone is huge. You seem to have a great system for conquering it.

  • Margaret @approachingfood September 19, 2016

    I love your photos! Such gorgeous flowers and such gorgeous pictures!

    I'm also impressed by your schedule. I don't have a family yet, but am taking notes for the future. I like that you deliberately set aside time to nurture your relationship too.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • kaye steeper September 20, 2016

    question from the UK ...how come you dont dry laundry outside , it just seems strange to me because we have terrible weather but still dry outside

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 20, 2016

    That would be a LOT of laundry to dry outside every day, and take a long time! I do have two indoor drying racks for delicates loads, but my washer is a very large capacity--it would take about 4 or 5 racks per load at least, and a huge amount of time. Putting them in the dryer takes just a handful of minutes. We have a natural gas dryer, which cuts the cost immensely. I also have natural gas for the stove, oven, central heat, and water heater, and last month my bill for gas was $29. It's worth it to me to not stand outside when it's 110º! The time saved is immense, too.

  • Andrea Q September 20, 2016

    Everyone has to choose the frugal ways that make most sense for their families. Line drying easily saves us $125 per year and because it is part of my routine, it doesn't take much time. We are a family of six and I do one 5 cu ft load of laundry per weekday, plus 2-3 on Saturday (total of 8 or 9 per week, barring illness). We have one large wooden drying rack, one smaller metal one and extra hangers. I also have a $3 piece of rope tied between two trees outside, mostly for bedding. I can dry an entire load inside with the racks/hangers. I love that I am saving money (about 50 cents per load with propane) and it is also gentler on our clothes, making them last longer. I love how good everything smells when line dried!

    When we lived in Las Vegas, I found that the lack of humidity plus the heat meant that towels and heavy cottons dried in less time outside than if I'd used a dryer. It was awesome!!

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 20, 2016

    One day I'll be down to only 8 or 9 loads a week. But that will be at least a decade away! I have 20 to 24 loads a week, in one of the largest capacity washers.

    Towels do dry faster outside here, but one thing I missed in France was soft towels from the dryer. I do hang up the thick bathmats outside. I also have at least 2 delicate loads a week that I put on racks and hangers inside, and all of the mattress pads get dried outside (over the merry-go-round!)

  • TerriC September 20, 2016

    I should think the savings of yard space is worth dryer usage as well...especially since the back yard is dedicated to fruit and vegetable plots and children's play spaces and the front yard is food and flowers. I don't think $29 is a bad price to pay for so many gas appliances/units. I like that you have a balanced approach of priority vs. frugality which is always a delicate balance.

  • Lynn from Ramona September 21, 2016

    Our propane is $3.99 a gallon for winter rates. Ramona does not have natural gas electricity or propane. For your price your time is much more valuable somewhere else. I hang everything unless it's raining. Our electricity went from 4 tier rates to 2. They are trying to recoup all the lost revenue from people going solar. Very expensive

  • Kaye steeper September 24, 2016

    You also have cheap energy prices compared to us , which explains a lot , there's no gas supply rurally , oil powers the heating , everything else is electric . If you only have a single electric supply you can't get any of the good deals on dual fuel from companies, so you pay a much higher rate . We use at least 50 dollars a week in a summer and 70 dollars a week in a winter , this eats about half our weekly budget and we are very cautious with energy usage .

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 24, 2016

    Gas is cheap, but our summer electric bills are different; ours are over $350 and I keep the a/c set at 79. That is also because I watch it like crazy; it could easily be over $600 a month. i have a done a lot to cut usage and lower it. It was over $500 our first summer and we've had over 20 rate increases since then. We also have 6 months of running the electric and 5-6 months of temepratures over 90º. Water is high in summer too.

  • Lorna September 29, 2016

    Hi Brandy from Australia :) , and I know you are away and hope you are having a good time and a relaxing break.

    Just a question on what your power costs per KWH as I understand your electricity costs in the States are a lot higher than ours from speaking to friends over there. I was curious to compare to our own costs here. I know your charges are a lot higher than here and your actual electricity use makes up only a small part of your electricity bill.

    From what I have heard from other friends in the States your power bill is extremely low, so well done on keeping your bills so for so long. We too have managed to stave off our power rises here which have gone up on average 13.2% per year from what Mr Google tells me. Our bill ten years ago was $259 and now we are paying $285 over the winter period (we did buy a second freezer) and we have just had another price rise of which only one month was included in the last bill. We have looked at the price rises and it would equate to around an extra $24 over a three month period for our family of two.

    Like you we watch our power usage like a hawk and turn off all unused appliances when not in use. Use our washing machine and appliances in cheaper times when possible and cook in bulk where possible. We hang our washing on the clothes line but we do not have children in the home as we are empty nesters and are living on a property twice your property size. I agree that it would take a great deal of time for the amounts of loads of washing you do per week to hang them on the clothes line and bring them back in. Our clothes line holds around 3 - 4 loads of washing in a 6.5kg front loading washing machine.

    Gas sounds to me like a much cheaper option for you as well, and also a time saver. With such a large family anything that is cheaper and saves you time is wonderful.

    Keep up the fabulous work, your schedule is truly amazing and the amount of things you get done in one day has to be admired :) .

  • Jill November 02, 2016

    We are originally from Las Vegas and when we lived there our home owners association wouldn't allow anyone in the neighborhood to hang laundry on lines in the backyards.

  • julie September 21, 2016

    For us drying our laundry outside wouldn't work. My son has allergies and everything that is dried outside would have the allergens on it. When laundry is brought in, then all of those allergens are now inside...which isn't good for either him or me. It would make our breathing worse. As it is we both shower before going to bed just to wash off so that anything that was in our hair or on our skin isn't transferred to our beds where we would be breathing it in all night.

  • Lynn D September 28, 2016

    Same thing here. And then when there is no allergens in the air.... it's freezing with snow every where. LOL

  • Stephanie Durham September 20, 2016

    You are so disciplined and use ALL of your resources wisely....time, energy and money. :)

  • Kathrine September 20, 2016

    Why do you choose to get up so early and equally end the day earlier than most?

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 20, 2016

    I found long ago when my husband was teaching early morning seminary (and leaving at 5:20 to get there) that getting up before my children (who woke at 5:20 then) was really helpful in actually being able to take a shower, have some quiet moments of peace, and get laundry done and breakfast made. At that time I had to get up at 4:30 to get in the shower before my husband did at 4:45. When I started doing that, the day went so much smoother!

    Now my daughter has early morning seminary (a 6:00 a.m. class that is before school; the public school here starts at 7:00 a.m.) and she is up at 5 every day. Being up a little before she needs to be is helpful!

    And since I'm up earlier, I need an earlier bedtime!

  • Debby in KS September 20, 2016

    And I am amazed that you can keep that schedule and stay up so late!! We get up at 5, but head for bed at 8:30ish because we can't keep our eyes open. And we are childless and only in our 50s. Dh does walk 5 miles every morning before work. Our hyper energetic doggy won't let him skip lol. I do my chores in the morning and then I do my exercise. My afternoons are spent on things like sewing, repurposing old stuff, etc. We both are very involved at church. And Sunday is a home day with no work. We read the paper, nap, and do the NY Times crossword. Quite a relaxing day.

  • Mrs.O September 20, 2016

    Hello! Found your blog at Mrs. White's. I am curious, when do the children have bedtime? I have been waking mine earlier and earlier with the hopes of earlier bed time! Thank you..
    God bless

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 29, 2016

    They go to bed between 7:30 and 8:00.

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