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What is a good schedule for a stay at home mom?
If you are trying to create your very own daily schedule, you may be wondering what key elements make a good schedule. Below are three things every schedule needs to have in order to maximize productivity.
If you’d like to see an example of one scroll right under this section for a complete schedule.
1 Create an Adaptable Schedule
Life as a mom is complicated especially when you have more than one child. You could have appointments, school / daycare or a crying baby that wants to be held all day.
The number one reason schedules fail are because they are not realistic to the lifestyle of a mother. More importantly they are not realistic to YOUR lifestyle.
Be realistic and understand that we have to be able to adapt our schedule at any given moment.
That’s why I use four different routines to better manage my time.
2 Have Room for Leverage
Along with being adapted you need leverage.
Anytime I make a new schedule for myself, I keep the same framework of things that we inevitably do. Things like: when we wake up, when we eat, nap time (or quiet time) and bedtime.
8:00 | Wake Up
12:00 | Lunch
3:00 | Quiet Time
6:00 | Dinner
8:00 | Bedtime
These things hardly ever change so I tend to work around those things and add what needs to get done in between.
This gives me leverage to do almost anything on any given day. I am not tied down to a schedule and I am able to make plans accordingly based on the framework.
3 Get Priorities Done
Once you’ve created your framework you can start adding in your daily tasks.
Always start with your priorities then everything extra.
Think about your family and their needs and find the BEST times you can efficiently get your priorities done.
I use my If This, Then That rule to figure this out. Basically what you want to do is create a two column list. On one side write all your priorities and on the second side write the times you notice that your kids or day are less hectic.
This may take time to perfect but totally worth it.
Generally these times will be after feedings, during or after naps, when your kids use their tablets, etc.
Think about what keeps your kids calm long enough to get stuff done during the day.
This is a sample of one of my MANY schedules. This is the basic framework where I try to accomplish this daily but if I only do my priorities I am okay with that. 😊
7:00 – 8:00 AM Before Kids Wake Up Time
- Make my Bed
- Freshen Up
- Start Coffee (try to drink some water)
- Bible or Devotional
8:00 AM-9:30 Older Boys (6 & 3) Wake up (if they wake up earlier they play quietly in their room)
- Boys eat cold breakfast
- Get Ready (dressed and brush teeth)
- Kids Play while I clean up Dining area (wipe off dining table, rinse any dishes, put away food)
- Pick up Living Room if I didn’t do it the night before
- Baby Girl (1 Yr.) will be awake by now and roaming around
10:00-11:30 After Breakfast House Cleaning (My “Power Hour”)
- Boys will have Snack during this block
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Hour & Meal Prep
- Lunch Time
- Baby Nap Time
- Review Menu for Dinner and Week Prep if Needed/Possible
- Kitchen Cleaning
1:00-2:00 PM School/Educational
- 6 Year Old will work on Assignments
- 3 Year Old will do Work Sheets
- Optional Activities: Play Dough, Drawing, Coloring, etc
3:00-6:00 PM Quiet Time
- Snack Time
- Optional Tablet Play
- I work on my blog
- Family Dinner at 6
7:15-8:15 PM Boys Bedtime Routine
- Kids Shower
- Clean Up Kitchen from Dinner
- Prepare for Tomorrow
- Brush Kids Teeth
- Any Final Clean Up for the boys
- Story Time
- In bed by 8:15
8:15-9:00 Baby Night Routine
- Bath Time
- Nurse and Hopefully Sleep
9:00-11:00PM Evening (optional late night – prefer to sleep by 10)
- Do any last cleaning that didn’t get done
- Read or Watch tv with my husband
- Blog Work
- Get Ready for Bed (Skin Care, Brush teeth, Wrap Hair & Pjs)
Stay at Home Mom Cleaning Schedule
As I briefly mentioned above, I go through a Power Hour of Cleaning where I try to get done as much as I can in that hour.
I will either focus on a single task and do a deep clean or do an entire house cleaning. Below is my entire house cleaning plan.
Rooms to Clean List
- Living Room
- Dining Room
- Bedrooms (2)
- Bathrooms (2)
Cleaning Task Checklist
For each room I will get the below tasks done for a complete list check out my post: Simple House Cleaning Checklist.
- Brush Upholstery
- Open Windows
- Sweep, Mop or Vacuum
- Empty Trash
- Wipe Fixtures
- Spray and Clean Tub
- Toilet Bowl
- Outside of Toilet
- Rotate Towels
- How to Keep a House Clean When You Don’t Know Where to Start
- 4 Best Routines for Moms to Better Manage their Time
- Step by Step House Cleaning Checklist by Room
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