As a large family mom, I found myself drowning in my responsibilities. Not only did I have a home to run, meals to cook, and children to care for, but I also took on the added responsibility of homeschooling my kids. I was running on empty and needed to figure out a way to catch up. I was first introduced to the idea of Tauna of Proverbial Homemaker. I then learned more about it from Pam Barnhill. I quickly learned how to use loop scheduling in my home and my homeschool. The weight was lifted from my shoulders and things were actually getting accomplished!
How To Use Loop Scheduling in Your Housework
First, I want to chat about how you can use loop scheduling for housework. Every month I publish a free monthly cleaning calendar that gives you specific tasks to do on specific days. It’s a pretty detailed and structured calendar. I realize that may not work for everyone, and even I modify my own calendar to suit my lifestyle at the time.
When I’m looping my housework, I always make sure to get my daily tasks done every day. These are the things that have to be done on a daily basis. For us that is stuff like, washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, tidying the main living areas, and doing laundry. Those things always get done.
Everything else that doesn’t have to be done regularly can be looped. In my cleaning calendar you will notice weekly tasks. These are things that I like to have done on a regular basis such as dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning the bathrooms. If you cannot assign those tasks to particular days, you can loop them.
Let’s say on Monday you do the first thing in your loop and that is dusting. You still have a little extra time so you move on to the next thing in the loop and do the mirrors and glass. You don’t get any tasks done on Tuesday, but on Wednesday you pick up on your loop and do the vacuuming and clean the bathrooms. On Friday you mop.
If something needs to get done on a more regular basis than the other things (like bathroom cleaning), you can put it on your loop twice.
You can also loop schedule zone cleaning. This is done in a loop on my cleaning calendar. Do your fist zone when you can, do your second zone next, and so on. This way you are getting things accomplished regularly, but you don’t feel perpetually behind if they aren’t done on specific days.
A Loop Schedule Example
Here’s a look at a sample of what loop scheduling cleaning could look like.
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Homeschool Loop Schedule
I briefly mentioned in my homeschool morning basket posts that I loop our enrichment subjects. It’s really very simple. All of the good and beautiful things that I want to do in our homeschool are placed on that loop and done when we can. So we do Spanish, artist study, composer study, a hymn, a folksong, nature study, and artwork.
If you’re looking for a homeschool loop schedule planner, Proverbial Homemaker has a great one available. She also has a separate course all about loop scheduling that you can take and become an expert on how to make it work for you!