Stay at Home Mom Schedule: Create a stay at home mom schedule that works for you–and saves your sanity! As a sahm/ wahm of four children six years old and younger, I know how crazy it can be. It can feel like you are running around with your hair on fire. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
No day is the same but for the most part, our days have a certain rhythm to them that the kids find helpful (and I consider sanity-saving!)
A stay at home mom schedule is a great way to feel like you are tackling life. You can help get your family on the same page and you all can know the way things run in your home. Below, I will share some ideas on how to create a stay at home mom schedule that works for you.
Stay At Home Mom Schedule
This is where you have a little wiggle room. Do you want to wake up a bit early to have the first cup of coffee in the morning in silence? Or maybe you want to head out in the crisp morning air and do a quick job. Considering waking up before the rest of your family to fit in a little extra “me” time in your day if your kids are good sleepers.
When I have young babies who are not sleeping through the night reliably (basically most of the last 6 years,) I wake up when they wake up. I know that experts recommend getting up an hour before your kids do; but, that’s not always possible–or beneficial if you aren’t sleeping enough already.
Breakfast And Get Ready for The Day
You can either reach for the bowl of cereal or pull some frozen pre-made goodies you prepped earlier in the month out of the freezer and warm up for a quick breakfast for the family. Help kids get around for school and send them off for the day. If you have toddlers who are not in school then you can have playtime and just enjoy the start of the morning once some are headed out the door.
MOM TIP: Lay out your clothes the night before–even if they are just yoga pants and a t-shirt! Going downstairs dressed will make a world of difference for your productivity!
Prepare For The Day
Now depending on what you have for your agenda day-to-day will depend on how you create your schedule. What I do is take a calendar and write down all the must-have items I have pending. School field trips, making desserts and treats for parties, carpooling, etc. Then on the rest of the days, I begin to work at creating a schedule.
Write down items you might want to tackle that day. They can be items like deep cleaning an area in your home, running errands on Tuesday and Thursdays, doing 1 load of laundry each day, etc.
Create a system that works for you!
Sample of A Daily Schedule
- 6 am – wake up, drink coffee and tune into the news or read for a bit.
- 6:30 am – family wakes up, feed baby, and begin tackling the morning for kids to head out to school.
- 7:15 am – husband and kids leave, and now you work on getting baby down for a morning nap, or do playtime followed by nap.
- 8 am – While baby naps work on cleaning or tackling items off my chore or t0-do list. Cleaning counters, starting laundry, etc.
- 9 am – Baby wakes up, feeding time, and then have a little relaxing time.
- 11 am – Work on lunch and clean up kitchen afterward.
- 12: 15 – Next nap of the day, and I can then work on completing the to-do list or relax for a bit if chores are done.
- 1:15 – Head out and run errands if I have any for the day. If not grab the stroller and take a walk around the neighborhood and just enjoy some outdoor time.
- 3:30 – Kids start coming home from school and we work on homework that they have for the day. If no homework then head outdoors for some free playtime.
- 4:30 Start working on dinner while the kids finish up school work.
- 6:30 Begin working on showers and baths for then night and wind down for the night.
As you can see your day doesn’t have to be locked in tight, but having a good idea of what you do will help to keep you structured, home clean and on task to staying ahead of life.
Being able to stay at home allows that flexibility. Don’t stress and create a relaxed schedule that will help you along the way. If you are tired and nap with the baby one day instead of cleaning, it is okay. Don’t beat yourself up, we all need time and breaks. It is hard work being a parent, so just remember it is not set in stone.
Build in extra time that for things that come up organically! You’ll never accomplish everything on your list or stick to your schedule 100%. That’s not life with kids. But, having a framework for the flow of your day will help!