Monday, December 6, 2021

Audio book Saturdays

Saturdays are my big housekeeping day these days. There are surfaces and floors that need daily or at least frequent upkeep and there will always be dishes and laundry for a family of six but all the other stuff gets crammed in on Saturdays. 

Lately I've been super into the home ec side of homemaking so I've been rearranging my list and learning better (and usually faster!) ways to clean. 

I've enjoyed the same routine for the last few Saturdays and I thought I'd share it here. 

Wake up and enjoy morning time... Prayer, gratitude journaling, and whatever my morning reads are (Currently Exodus, A Family Shaped by Grace, and A Treasury of Christmas Miracles) 

Hop on Libby and pick out an audio book + a back-up audio book in case that one ends up being a dud 

Clean! This is my current list, carefully crafted using a Good Housekeeping article mixed with multiple other homemaking books and articles.

     ๐ŸŒŸ Dust from top to bottom- using a microfiber cloth or a soft cloth dampened with water but NOT a feather duster or a dusting chemical like Pledge 
     ๐ŸŒŸ Clean furniture fabrics... Strip + remake beds, brush/vacuum any furniture that needs it, fluff throw pillows or wash throw blankets as needed, etc 
     ๐ŸŒŸ Windows + mirrors... I now use one wet microfiber cloth followed by one dry and it ends up streak-free without a chemical cleaner like Windex! 
          ๐ŸŒŸ Also, black mold on windowsill... 1 part vinegar + 1 part baking soda, make it a paste and then spread it onto the blackened areas. Let it dry, then wipe it off! 
     ๐ŸŒŸ Surfaces... Counters, tove top, door handles, light switches, remotes, phones, dressers, nightstands, desks, tables, etc. 
     ๐ŸŒŸ Kitchen- sink, cabinets, appliance doors, clean out fridge 
     ๐ŸŒŸ Bathrooms- tubs, sinks, cabinets, toilets, shelving 
     ๐ŸŒŸ Take out trash 
     ๐ŸŒŸ Sweep, mop, and vacuum all floors
     ๐ŸŒŸ Start essential oil diffusers... I like to use a citrus scent afterwards, probably from all those years of cleaning with PineSol. 

There is also usually a load of dishes and a load of laundry done somewhere in there too but not always. 

This is a long, time consuming list (though I do get help from my kids every Saturday and my husband on the Saturdays he isn't working) so viewing it as a day for getting a lot of audio book time in has been very helpful! 

Listened to this last Saturday- the last 30 minutes of American Girl History Mystery: The Strange Case of Baby H // The Francine Rivers Christmas short story The Shoebox // the first hour of Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech 


  1. Sarah, thanks for the recommendations. I have already seen that the book "Two Moons" is in Russian and is sold in my favorite online store. I'll have to buy and read. And I also have a request for you: can you make a publication about your favorite films and TV shows? I'm watching When My Heart Calls right now, and I really like this show. I would like to know more about good films and TV shows. Thank you!

    1. I can definitely do this! I'll start working on the list right now. :]


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