In this post, I walk you through a day of autumn homemaking. If you’ve ever wondered what a homemaker does all day, come on in, and let’s get started.
This post is part of the Homemaking Diaries series.
6:45 am–7:15 am: Rise and Shine
For many years I got up at 5 am—sometimes earlier—to the jarring sound of my alarm. These days, my mornings are much more relaxed. I allow my body to wake up naturally, and I always get myself ready before turning my attention to any household tasks. This makes for a gentle and pleasant beginning to my day.
7:15 am–8:30 am: Morning Homemaking
My morning homemaking routine consists of three tasks. First, I prepare breakfast—today we had avocado toast with soft boiled eggs. After that, I fold and put away the laundry. Finally, I sweep the floors. I love starting my day with clean floors—it sets the tone for the rest of the day.
8:30 am–9:30 am: Quiet Time
After my morning homemaking, I give myself an hour of quiet time. I look over my to-do list for the day, write a short journal entry, read a chapter of a non-fiction book, and meditate for twenty minutes.
Each of these activities contributes towards my well-being. Having a list helps me to stay organised; keeping a journal allows me to reflect on my life; reading non-fiction broadens my knowledge; and meditation improves my self-awareness and reminds me to live in the present.
9:30 am–11:30 am: Grocery Shopping
Today is Monday, which means that it is grocery shopping day. The round trip usually takes around two hours—mostly on foot, with a short train ride in the middle.
The supermarket is filled with vibrant autumn produce. After a bit of dilly-dallying, I pick out a Japanese pumpkin for tonight’s dinner. Mikans are in season, so I pick out a packet of those. I notice an abundance of persimmons on display, and make a mental note to buy some next time.
11:30 am–1:00 pm: Lunch Break
I unpack my groceries, and while doing so I quickly clean out my fridge. After that, it’s time for a quick and easy lunch—ham and brie toasties, made with champagne mustard and homemade bread.
1:00 pm–2:00 pm: Christmas Cards
After a busy morning, I’m ready for some downtime. I settle down at the dining table to make Christmas cards. Surrounded by craft supplies, I get absorbed in my task and a blissful hour flies by.
2:00 pm–2:30 pm: The New Doorbell
We recently ordered a wireless doorbell, and it arrived last night. Now it is time to put it up. While my husband works on this, I clean the front door and the front gate. The doorbell installation is successful—hooray!—and since Christmas is just around the corner, we set the doorbell to play “Jingle Bells”.
2:30 pm–4:00 pm: Afternoon Homemaking
I check my to-do list and see that I am scheduled to do three more homemaking tasks.
My first task is to assemble some soup mixes. I get out my scale and weigh out ingredients to make five packets of herbal chicken soup mix. When I want to make the soup, all I will need to do is add water and chicken.
Monday is my day for cleaning the bathroom, so my next task is to clean the bathroom mirror, sink, toilet and shower.
My last task of the afternoon is to clean the dehumidifier. I live in a humid climate, so the dehumidifier gets a lot of use. I clean it twice a week, and it takes just a few minutes to wash and dry the reservoir bucket.
4:00 pm–6:00 pm: The Dinner Hour
It’s time to start preparing dinner. We’re having roast chicken with pumpkin soup—in my opinion, the perfect autumnal meal.
From the fridge I take out a butterflied chicken that has marinated overnight, and I put it in the oven.
Meanwhile, I get out my Japanese pumpkin and begin making the soup. My recipe for pumpkin soup is very simple and uses only five ingredients: pumpkin, onion, chicken stock, salt, and milk.
6:00 pm–7:30 pm: A Relaxing Evening
After dinner, it is time to slow down and unwind from the day. I spend time with my husband, which is one of my favourite parts of the day, and I also get out my keyboard and practise playing a couple of songs.
7:30 pm–9:00 pm: Putting My Home to Bed
There are only a few more tasks left to do today. I start a load of laundry, then prepare a light snack. Today we have the mikans that we bought at the supermarket. Afterwards, I wipe down the dining table and kitchen counters, take out the rubbish, and hang up the laundry. Last of all, I take off my apron, which means that my cleaning is done for the day!
9:00 pm–10:00 pm: Winding Down
It’s been a productive day, and I’m feeling sleepy. I get ready for bed and read a novel until bedtime. Currently I’m re-reading Persuasion, which is my favourite Jane Austen novel. At ten o’clock, the lights are turned out and it’s time to go to sleep.
I hope you have enjoyed spending an autumn day in my home with me. This autumn homemaking diary is just a snapshot of the many slow, peaceful autumn days that I have enjoyed this season.
Over the years, I have experimented with different methods for organising my days. Time and time again, I have found that the days that achieve balance are the days that leave me feeling most content. That is why this autumn day was a day of balance—of melding work and play, rest and action, solitude and connection.
If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by your homemaking, take a look at how you are spending your time. Ask yourself: Are my days balanced? Or am I pouring too much into one area and depriving myself in another?
When it comes to creating a homemaking routine that works for you, the answer isn’t always to work more hours. In fact, sometimes the answer lies in doing less. I hope today’s post inspires you to find the sweet spot where you have enough time to work in your home and enough time to simply live in your home.
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