As a young Mom with three preschoolers, if one of my friends asked me what I did the day before and I told them, 'the daily dozen', they would smile, nod, and understand. Being in the same boat with their little families and their own little daily dozens that they were thankful got completed by bedtime, they understood how full a day could be without having much to show for or talk about.
There was/is no set list of things that belong on the daily dozen. Some moms might have had fewer than twelve things on their daily schedule, while others had more.
Here is what my daily dozen looks like.
- Cook three meals
- Do dishes and sweep kitchen floor after each meal
- Wipe down stove, and stove hood with vinegar solution
- Change out dish cloths and towels
- Sweep all rooms on main floor
- Clean bathroom, scrub toilet, wipe down vanity, clean mirror
- Make beds
- Change bags in trash cans
- Fix couches (covers and pillows) at least once
- General tidying: toys, mail, clothes etc
As a mother to young children that list expanded to include all the things that caring for them involved.
We also used the phrase, 'the weekly seven' where there were other household chores that needed to be done weekly that we tried to incorporate one or two into each day in addition to our daily dozen.
That list included laundry, baking, washing windows, cleaning the oven, and a few other items to keep the house running smoothly.