If you’re looking for a simple stay-at-home mom daily schedule you can follow to help you plan out your day, then you’ve come to the right place. Creating a schedule was the only thing that gave me sanity in the early days of my SAHM life.
If you are an unstructured “go with the flow” type of person, you may become overwhelmed with everything you need to do each day. A schedule is a great way to bring sanity back to your life.
In this post, I show you what a typical day in my SAHM life looks like. I also show you some of the things I prioritize as a mom of young children less than 5 years old. You can use my schedule as is, or tweak it to fit your lifestyle.
Before we jump to the schedule, let’s take a look at some benefits of having a schedule as a stay-at-home mom
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Benefits of Using A Daily Schedule As a Stay-At-Home Mom
Schedules Keep You accountable
Physically having a list of items on your schedule that needs to be completed by end of the day, keeps you accountable. As part of my schedule, I like to write about 5 items on the To-DO list each morning. These are usually chores I have to complete around the house or errands I need to run.
As the day goes by, I check things off. This lets me know what items take the majority of my time. Using this method, I can figure out how to better manage my time in the future so that all items are checked off.
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Schedules Help You Prioritize Self-care
Self-care is extremely important for stay-at-home moms. When you spend your day caring for everyone else, It can be very easy to lose yourself.
Building time for rest and relaxation into my daily schedule helps me refocus. Some days I forget that I’ve been busy all day and haven’t taken a break. A quick glance at my schedule lets me know it’s time to take a break.
A Schedule Is Good For Your Kids
Schedules don’t just help you, it also helps your children. If you build in family time, educational time, and kid’s chores into your schedule, it will help your kids grow. Children need structure as much as adults do.
Now that we’ve discussed some befits of using a daily schedule as a stay-at-home mom, let’s look at some of the things you should prioritize in your schedule.
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Things You Should Prioritize In Your Daily Schedule
Quiet time for breakfast, coffee, or reading the newspaper in the morning
Having just 30 min to 1 hr in the morning to myself is extremely important to me. I use my quiet time to write my daily to-do list, eat my breakfast, check out the news on my phone or drink coffee.
Mornings can be very chaotic and it’s always a struggle to get my quiet time. One thing I found that helps is to feed, change and help the kids first before I eat breakfast. When they’re playing independently after breakfast, then I do my thing
Naps are important not just for kids but for adults as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, naps help to reduce fatigue and increase your alertness and your mood. I have two toddlers less than 5 years old, so naps still happen in our home.
When they nap, I go lay down myself. Sometimes I don’t fall asleep, but just laying there and closing my eyes help me recharge.
Chores for both yourself and Kids
Chores around the house keep the place tidy. I write down a list of 4-5 chores I need to do around the house each day. My kids also have a set of chores they have to complete each day. I make sure I supervise their chores so that I can correct them if they’re doing things wrong.
Educational time can be anything that helps grow your children’s minds. It can be them reading a kids’ magazine, a book, solving puzzles, going to the library or doing homework, etc.
If your kids are old and can read independently, you can use this educational time to enhance yourself as well. When they’re occupied, you can read a book or work on a hobby. Check out 29 Fun Stay-at-Home Mom Hobby Ideas (money-making hobbies included) for some ideas.
Bedtime Routine for the kids
For younger kids, having a consistent bedtime routine helps them to sleep better at night. Your bedtime routines can include watching a favorite family TV show if your kids are older.
Quality Time With My Husband
Once the kids are in bed, my husband and I like to spend a few hours together before bed. This only happens on Fridays and Saturdays when he’s off from work. He works from 3-11 PM so quality time at night during the week is very rare for us. Sometimes we watch TV, eat a dessert lit by candlelight, take a bath or have sex when we’re in the mood.
Any time as a couple is great to help strengthen your bond.
Now that you have your priorities figured out, let’s take a look at how I structure my daily schedule.
As mentioned before, my children are below 5 years old, so their schedules will be different from that of older kids. Please remember that this schedule is not a fixed thing. It changes day to day depending on my family’s needs and how tired I am that day.
My Sample Daily Schedule Template As A Stay-At-Home Mom
|Time of Day||Activity|
|7-8 AM||Kids wake up|
|8 – 9 AM||Brush their teeth, prepare breakfast, feed kids, and change their clothes for the day.|
|9 – 11 AM||Independent play for the kids, morning quiet time for me.|
|During my morning quiet time, I eat my breakfast, read the news, and plan my 5 item to-do list for the day.I also do the morning dishes during this time.|
|12 PM – 2 PM||Nap time for the kids|
|2 PM – 3:30 PM||Outdoor time. We go to the park, playground, or backyard to play.|
|3:30 PM – 5 PM||Educational Time (below are some things we do)|
– We read a book and discuss the characters
– We play puzzle games
– Practice writing
– Watch an educational TV show and discuss what we learned afterward.
– Do a science activity or sensory play.
|5 PM – 7 PM||Chore-Time for Kids and Dinner Prep|
– Kids help put their toys away
– Kids help empty clean plates from the dishwasher and put them away.
– Kids help me in the kitchen to make dinner.
They get simple jobs like peeling veggies and helping cut soft veggies with a kid-safe knife.
|5 PM – 7 PM Alternative||Run Errands or do chores around the house|
I cook bulk meals so we don’t have to cook every day. On the days when I don’t cook dinner, I run errands around town with the kids. I also do some chores from my to-do list
|7 PM – 8 PM||Dinner time as a family|
– Kids put dishes directly into the dishwasher after dinner
|8 PM – 9 PM||Bedtime Routine|
– Brush teeth
– Take bath
– May or may not read a bedtime story
|Sunday to Thursday Only|
9 PM – 11 PM
|Self-Care and Me Time|
My husband works from 3 -11 pm and usually gets home by 12PM. This gives me a good amount of time to rest and relax from the day’s work.
Things I do for self-care include:
– Write on my blog
– Take a candlelit bath
– Read a good book
– Watch TV
– Call a friend
|Fridays and Saturdays Only|
9 PM – 11 PM
|Quality Couple Time|
My husband is usually off on Fridays and Saturdays. We do activities as a couple to help us relax after the kids are in bed.
Sometimes we send the kids off to their grandparents so we can go out for a proper date.
I hope that this simple outline of my stay-at-home-mom daily schedule has been helpful to you. It can be very overwhelming at first to create a schedule that works for you and your family.
My suggestion is to test out a few variations of this schedule and others you find, so you can see what works and what doesn’t. Whatever schedule you come up with, remember not to be too rigid with it because it will drive you crazy.
It’s okay if you don’t finish doing everything on your schedule or chore list. Save them for another day. The most important thing is that your kids are well-fed, clothed, and loved beyond measure. Everything else will follow.
What does your stay-at-home mom daily schedule look like? Comment below to let me know!