I’m actually a Stay-At-Home Wife, and i follow the chore schedule my Mom had laid out YEARS ago. It’s:
Tuesday: Write all Birthday Cards, Deep clean the bathroom, Wash the sheets on the bed
Wednesday: Deep clean the kitchen (this involves cleaning the refridgerator, cleaning the pantry), Clean out the car
Thursday: Clean any area of the house that needs extra help (this is usually my craft table, since, right now, it’s exploded onto the kitchen table), dust, wash the dog, do all of my couponing for shopping.
Friday: Run all errands (except grocery store), Mop
Saturday: Nothing special
Sunday: Grocery store in the early AM
Every day I do dishes, vacuum (dog and cat=tons of hair), and any normal picking up.
I don’t get it right every week, but most weeks I’m pretty good. Also, in terms of guilt, my husband and I make it work like this: while I don’t bring in a salary, I do what I can to SAVE his money. I pay the bills, but if that means negotiating with companies for better rates, I do that. I am an incessant couponer–last Sunday, my bill went from over 300 to less than 50. I make things for our home, instead of just buying them, saving us money.
In the end, it still is a financial contribution, just saving, rather than earning 🙂