One of the best things you can do for your sanity is create a schedule for yourself as a stay at home mom.
It took me several months after being home and going a little in sane myself to realize I needed structure each day.
Before using a stay at home mom schedule, my days were all. over. the. place.
Some days I took a shower at 9 a.m. other days 2 p.m.
Most days I accomplished very little before lunch, and I stressed myself out trying to do all of my housework a couple of hours before my husband got home in the early afternoon.
I felt OVERWHELMED with the house work and didn’t spend the time I needed in prayer or reading God’s Word.
After being frustrated for several months, I finally started using a schedule.
Sticking to a stay at home mom schedule means I am less frustrated, my kids are less whiny, I get more accomplished, and I actually have plenty of time to rest!
Not every day runs exactly as planned, but following a flexible schedule provides stability even on days when not everything goes smoothly.
If you are feeling overwhelmed as a stay at home mom, be sure to get a copy of the Stay at Home Mom Checklist.
Schedule for Stay at Home Moms:
1. Start with the things you must do.
Write down everything that you absolutely must get done each day. I like to call these the anchors. They anchor the day and everything else fits around them.
- 7:00 wake up time
- 7:30 breakfast
- 8:30 preschool
- 12:00 lunch
- 2:00 nap for toddler
- 6:00 family dinner
- 8:00 kids’ bedtime
- 10:00 parent’s bedtime
There will also be anchors that only happen once a week. So take those into account too. Each day may look a little different.
One person who helped me create more structure to my day is Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom.
She created a course called 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life where she shares super practical tips to simplifying your days and creating routines that work for you and your family.
2. Allow for wiggly room in your schedule.
One of the problems with stay at home mom schedules is trying to squeeze in too much.
You know, that as a mom things can change in an instant, especially with kids. You never know when one child will get sick or need a diaper change.
You may decide to spend extra time reading another book or playing a game.
If your schedule is too packed and rigid, you will become frustrated and be able to deal with things that come up.
So instead, allow for extra time and don’t pack your day too full.
3. Break up your day into blocks.
It can be helpful to think of your day as a block schedule where you focus on one thing at a time. For instance, I like to break up my day according to morning, afternoon, and evening activities.
MORNINGS = housework and errands
In the morning, I like to get housework done and run errands. I only schedule appointments for the mornings if at all possible, and I meet with friends and playdates in the mornings only.
I have an entire post where I shared a more detailed breakdown of my morning routine plus 5 morning habits I believe all stay at home moms should have.
AFTERNOONS = rest for kids and work time for me
Afternoons are nap time which my toddler absolutely needs! It is also time for me to get work done. So I keep afternoons clear on my schedule.
EVENINGS = family time
Evenings are for family time at our house. Since I already got my errands and housework done, I don’t have to try to do those things at night. The only housework I do is cleaning up after supper, but that doesn’t take long because I keep up with it throughout the day.
I do work a few times a week in the evenings after the kids go to bed too.
If block scheduling sounds intriguing to you, check out Jordan Page from Fun, Cheap, or Free. She has a detailed video all about block scheduling that I personally found really helpful.
It is 27 minutes long, so you’ll want to schedule a time to watch it. 😉
4. Follow “mini schedules” or routines throughout the day.
You can also create mini schedules and routines throughout the day that you follow at specific times.
Here are a couple of example mini schedules:
Morning Routine with My Kids
- eat breakfast and read Bible story
- clean up breakfast
- get dressed
- play together
Afternoon Routine with My Kids
- clean up after lunch
- pick up toys
- play outside or go for a walk
- read a book
- nap for toddler and quiet time for preschooler
Get a copy of my example schedule for stay at home moms.
My Schedule as a Stay at Home Mom
These times are approximate. I’m not a stickler for doing everything at the exact minute. But it is good to have direction for each day.
6:30 Read God’s Word, Journal, Prayer and throw a load in the laundry
7:00 Shower and get ready for the day
7:30 Breakfast and get kids ready for the day, spend time with the kids
8:30 Run errands, household chore, appointments, or preschool (3x a week)
12:00 Play outside or go for a walk
1:00 Read books and pick up toys
2:00 Toddler takes a nap and preschooler has quiet play time. I work on projects that I couldn’t get done earlier in the day, and then work on blog work.
3:00 Son has play time, TV, puzzles, or play dough. I will play with him and also use this time to work or do something on my to do list.
4:30 Start supper
6:00 Clean up the kitchen. You can read more about my evening cleaning routine here.
6:30 Family time
7:30 Get kids ready for bed
8:00 Put son to bed. If you are looking for a bedtime routine, check out my one year old’s bedtime routine.
8:00 Me Time! (Blogging, TV, Call Someone, Read Book)
10:00 Go to bed
If you don’t already have a plan for your day, I hope this has been helpful and given you some guidance. It will take a little time to figure out the best schedule for you, but it is absolutely worth it!
When you get intentional with your days, will find that you accomplish more and still have time to rest or maybe even start a hobby!
Your whole family will thrive when your day is structured and focused.
If you are hoping the dishes and laundry will take care of themselves, be sure to get your copy of the Stay at Home Mom Checklist and get the motivation you need.