I’ve considered myself to be a homemaker for most of my life. Even when I was young, I enjoyed the grace, beauty, and humble nature of the homemaker’s role.
I began at an early age as a homemaker, as I was the eldest of my siblings and my mother often worked long hours. Although I may have romanticized the role at that time, I quickly learned that homemaking is a tough job.
Insert a husband and several children years later and what I thought was tough back then was only the tip of the iceberg. As the years progressed, I found myself feeling frustrated with the work of being a homemaker much of the time.
I felt like I wasn’t being productive most days. All of the hard work that I’d done that day was demolished by the children. I felt exhausted by the time my husband returned home from work. It seemed like I was barely hanging on and that did not make me feel very good about myself.
I was spinning my wheels.
Until I discovered the power of implementing a Top-Three Chore list into my daily routine. It was such a simple solution that I felt silly for not having had thought of it before, although I can’t take credit for the idea.
If you feel like you’ve been working all day in your home only to find yourself discouraged and unproductive, this may be the perfect solution for you too.
What Is A Top Three Chore List
The Top-Three Chore List is a short list of your “must do” chores. These chores are to be done every day (except on a Sabbath) regardless of what else gets done that day. These chores are meant to give you a feeling of instant satisfaction and to also assist in the smooth operation of your home.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Well before you grab your pen and paper, allow me to explain the list a little further. This chore list needs to be well thought out. Ideally, you don’t want to take more than 30 minutes to complete all three chores.
In addition, you’ll want these tasks to be something that you can complete in the mornings. Preferably while the children are still sleeping or just after they are off to school.
The three chores will also need to be things that will assist in the rest of your day running smoother. For instance, making your bed will make the space appear much cleaner, even if you don’t get around to cleaning your bedroom that day.
When creating your chore list, think about things that are quick, easy, and have a big impact.
So, now that you know what to take into consideration, let’s discuss why practicing a daily top-three chore list is beneficial.
Why You Need A Top Three Chore List In Your Proverbial Tool Box
I added a “top three” chore list to my routine because I was tired of feeling like although I was working hard each day, nothing was done.
I needed to make sure that I had a small win every single day!
Creating an opportunity for a small win will give you the encouragement and motivation needed to go for bigger wins.
This is especially true when you have younger children. They’re so cute with their insatiable appetite for exploring and learning. However, it’s non-stop monitoring, guiding, and assisting them as they go. Exhausting!
If you’re anything like me, then you’ll get a sense of satisfaction when you’re able to check a few things off of your list.
Makes Life Easier and Happier
In addition to the great feelings you’ll experience as a result of checking three items off of your chore list, you’ll be making your life a little easier.
These chores have been identified because they lend themselves to the overall flow of your home.
I used the example of making your bed earlier. Isn’t it nice to come into your bedroom after a long day to a welcome bed?
Another example is unloading the dishwasher in the morning. This simple chore has been a game changer for me.
Each morning as I’m waiting on my coffee to brew I unload the dishwasher. This frees the machine up to be used throughout the day, allowing my kitchen to remain relatively tidy.
If I forget to unload the dishwasher, or more likely forget to turn it on the night before, I end up with dirty dishes piling up in my sink or on my counter-tops.
In turn, looking at that mess doesn’t do anything for my loving disposition (wink).
My Personal Top Three
I’ve changed my top three a few times over the years. However, the system that I’m using now seems to be working best for me. Here are my top three must-do chores.
Making My Bed
For me, my bedroom is my haven. I like to retreat there when my life feels overwhelming. It’s my place of comfort and solace. I need it to be relatively clean and clutter-free. Making my bed each day provides me with this sense of serenity. I feel accomplished each and every time I make my bed.
I change our sheets once per week, usually on Monday’s as that is my established day on my cleaning schedule for deep cleaning my bedroom.
Unloading the Dishwasher
As I mentioned earlier, unloading the dishwasher allows my family to rinse their own dishes when they are finished and place them into the dishwasher.
I have a little magnet on my dishwasher that says “clean” at one end and “dirty” at the other so I just turn it to let folks know that the dishwasher is open for dirty dishes.
The trick is to make sure that the dishwasher ran during the night. This way the dishes are always clean when you wake up in the morning and ready to be put away. I talk about my this in more detail in my daily routine post, if you want to check that out.
Washing A Load Of Laundry
I wash on a daily basis so that I’m not battling with a huge pile of laundry one day per week. Ideally, I like to do this chore first. I put in a load of laundry, which only takes a few minutes, and I can spend the rest of the wash time completing another chore.
I hang most of our outerwear on hangers to keep down some of the ironing, although I do iron all of my husband’s work clothes.
Also, I have an established limit of two loads per day. If I do more than that, I know they will be sitting in the dryer or in a laundry basket in someone’s corner. We don’t want that.
I should also mention, that because I have two older children, I do not wash their clothes. They have a wash day for their clothes. I wash Monday thru Friday. My daughter washes on Sunday’s and my oldest son washes on Saturday’s.
As I stated earlier, adding a Top-Three to my routine has been a game changer for me. Each day, I feel accomplished as long as I get them done. Not only that, each one of my “top three” chores lends themselves to my home running smoothly, even if I don’t get to anything else that day.
So what do you think, are you ready to create your Top Three Chore List?
Perhaps you are already using this idea as a part of your regular routine. If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below. What are your Top Three Chores?
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Blessings to you and your family …Happy Homemaking!