It is a little over 6 months since I finished work and I am now beginning to look at how I manage my time at home.
While I was working it was the time available which dictated what I achieved at home. However, now that has all changed as my time is my own.
The first 6 months were taken up with the final preparations for our overseas trip followed by 9 weeks overseas then it was less than 2 months until Christmas and a road trip and family Christmas.
My activities can be roughly divided into the following categories (in alphabetical order, not priority):
Cooking – meal preparation – sometimes in bulk
Exercise – aquarobics, gym and walking
Gardening – growing vegetables, flowers and shrubs
Household maintenance/renovations – usually in conjunction with GMan
Online/Computer – blog, Facebook, emails
Relaxing – reading, music, television
Routine housework – making bed, washing, ironing, sweeping, vacuuming
Sewing – clothes, mending, patchwork and Boomerang bags
Socialising – book club, film society, theatre, friends, family, Air BnB guests
Shopping – groceries and miscellaneous
Travel – local, interstate and overseas
By their very nature, housework and cooking tend to occur everyday. Formal exercise is twice a week but I am trying to include either some walking or gardening every other day.
I try to find time for some gardening, relaxing and computer work each day.
Sewing and socialising usually happen several days a week.
Shopping is as little as possible but groceries are mostly once a week.
Some activities cross over such as aquarobics and socialising. I also try to combine activities and errands to limit the number of trips I make into our local town (8km away).
From time to time a particular activity may demand a substantial block of time to the exclusion of almost everything else but I generally try to keep a mix of activities each day or so.