Because the Amish are so organized as a group, most people expect their housekeeping schedules to very organized too. After all, they have some of the most sparkly houses, well-stocked pantries, longest lines of clean laundry, well- behaved children helping with chores, and delicious meals prepared on time for the family to gather and dine together.
Here is a glance common housekeeping schedule among the Amish that helps them to keep their homes organized and clean. This schedule won’t go the exact same way in all Amish homes. But these are usually tasks that get done weekly.
Sunday is for church, visiting friends and family and resting. So no form of work is usually done on Sundays.
Because of the all the weekend activities, Monday is the best day for laundry. So much clothes were used up on the weekend and washing at the beginning of the week gives enough time to prepare for the coming weekend as well.
Tuesday is usually ironing days. Most Amish families are huge. With 6 or more children plus the parents. Ironing takes up a lot of time. So a couple of hours on a particular day has to be set a part for this.
Wednesday is market day. An Amish home is incomplete without a well- stocked pantry. While a lot of Amish folks grow most of their own food, it is still necessary to go to the market to purchase items they do not make for themselves.
Thursday is for sewing and mending. The Amish believe in wearing their clothes until they can go no more. So instead of purchasing new clothes as soon as they get ripped or threads get loose, they do a lot of mending. Also, quite a number of Amish folks make their own clothes.
Friday is for baking to make delicious treats for dessert.
Saturday is for cleaning the home from top to bottom. And if a particular home will be used for church on Sunday, friends will come over to help with the cleaning and preparation.
Canning and gardening are other important chores for the Amish. So these are usually incorporated as they see it fit.
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