Do you know anyone who has a schedule or routine for everything? They may even go as far as having a specific routine in the shower to ensure they are using all of their time optimally so that no time is wasted time.
I am that person.
I actually have done the exact same routine in the shower since I was a teenager to make sure my showers do not go over five minutes, except on the one day a week I shave, which is on the same day each week lol. Even on those days though, ten minutes tops is my shower time.
Being a successful stay at home mom…
Being a successful stay at home mom to me means you keep up with the house, feeding, kids activities, and still maintain quality time with every member of your household. I know this isn’t every mom’s idea of being successful though.
Some of you don’t feel it necessary to keep a spotless house, make dinner every night or you might rely on your husbands to pick of half of the responsibility of managing the family, instead of taking all of that onto yourself. That is completely fine, that is what works for you and that is great.
Others, like me, need to be busy and productive everyday in order to feel as if we have contributed something to our family since we do not financially contribute.
Each mom is unique and each one of us is awesome, so creating a routine that works with you and your family is what is most important!
I must have a routine. If you followed me around for a full day you’d see that I do the exact same thing, all in the same order, at about the same time each day. I thrive on schedules. I know some of you don’t thrive on schedules, but I am sure every single one of us does at least one thing exactly the same everyday. Maybe your day would be unsuccessful without that cup of coffee, or without your morning devotional.
I have three children with one on the way. A husband that works 12 hour shifts, switching between nights and days, about sixteen to twenty days a month. We also have five animals. Since it is basically me doing everything alone year round I need something to keep everyone on track or my family would never be on time or remember anything.
I did not enjoy staying at home when this became my life twenty months ago after the birth of baby number three. It took a LONG time and a lot of trial and error to find a way to keep myself busy enough that everything ran smoothly and that I felt I was contributing to my family. Because yes, I also need to stay busy, when I am doing nothing I feel lazy and completely disgusting inside lol.
Three things I learned throughout this trial and error process:
- Get up BEFORE your household (yes, I know that sounds so appealing, right lol?) with enough time to clear your phone notifications, do a quick or long devotional you enjoy, pray, shower, fix your hair and face, and get dressed.
- Make sure you do things at night (such as run the dishwasher, pick up anything lying around the house, make sure all the family’s clothes for the day are in the laundry basket, and lay out meat for tomorrow’s dinner.) This makes your morning run a lot more smoothly when you can easily empty the dishwasher, start a load of laundry and your house is still clean.
- Expect to have some flexibility, especially if you have children. Kids get sick, things come up, people stop by, life happens. If you anticipate things to occasionally happen it won’t throw you off so bad when they do happen.
My Stay At Home Mom Schedule
So my daily schedule is pretty much the same August through May when the kids are in school. I have changed it for the summer and even changed it for the end of July when baby Alex arrives, but this is what my schedule looks like most of the year.
Some things to know…
I do have a “daily clean” which I talked about here, to make sure the house stays clean pretty much all the time. It takes me about thirty minutes on weekday mornings to do and it ensures every area of the house is cleaned thoroughly each week.
As far as laundry, I have a family of five so I have to do a load of laundry daily, except Sundays, and towels usually once a week.
Now you obviously would tailor this to your family’s needs. If you have a family of three, you could probably do laundry once or twice a week. If you don’t have five animals, like me, then vacuuming three or more times a week wouldn’t be necessary, neither would dusting the whole house each week.
Soon I will be letting you guys know our weekly summer activities until Alex arrives! I am excited for Summer and so excited that I won’t have to leave the house three times a day for school for the last ten weeks of this pregnancy. It is getting so HOT outside!
Anyway what are somethings you guys do to make staying home successful?