Getting in a routine is great for any situation you’re doing frequently. This post will give you a stay at home daily schedule template (also works great for any time you’re home as a mom), I’ll also share my cleaning schedule. Soon, you’ll be an organized stay at home mom, working mom, or woman who’s ready to conquer her goals!
I don’t know why I viewed being a stay at home mom any different than my job.
My job certainly has routines. We have checklists to make sure it all gets done.
But, put us in a home and somehow we think it all comes naturally?
Not-so-fast liars of the internet, and moms who seem to have it ALL TOGETHER (because no one really has it ALL together).
Being ar home has countless jobs (whether you work outside the home or not) and scheduling them in helps a lot!
A note on me: Hi, I’m Hilary — I am the curly head here at Pulling Curls. I quickly realized that having a baby had thrown me for quite a loop. Since 2000 I have been working to refine my routine to better workaround myself, my husband and my kids and keep us ALL happy. I hope you find this post helpful.
If you’re looking for more routines to make day to day living easier do NOT miss this. People love that course, and the price point allows so many to enjoy it!
Other posts you might enjoy: Best ways to clean your floors Hacks for Universal Studios Hollywood Stitch Fix Review (and unboxing)
Mom Daily Routine
I know what you’re saying.
Every day is different!
And, I totally get that.
But, sometimes you can make your week a big more predictable and that helps the general routine.
When we went to the library, we went on Wednesdays, and we always had playdates on Fridays. Stuff like that.
Sure, stuff is going to change. Routines should have plenty of space to bend and flex. And being in a routine is SUPER motivating!
Stay at Home Mom Daily Schedule Template
We’re going to talk more about all the small routines that go into the day — but having a general plan helps a lot.
I have a downloadable instruction sheet on how to do this that I think you’ll like a lot!
Ok, let’s talk about a bit of prep work you should do before using the template:
- What time do you want to wake-up? Or, what time are you forced to wake up — is probably more accurate, right?
- What times do you have to use for your routine? For some women who work they may only have a routine from 6-9a and 5-10p. BUT, you can still make a routine for the times you’re home!
- What things do you need blocks of space to use?
These can be like this (they will be general categories):
- Cleaning time
- Playing with kids
- Self care time
- Organization time
- Dinner preparation
Every family will be a bit different.
Once you have those written down — now is the time to plop them on the schedule!
**I also recommend a reasonable bedtime that you STICK to (at least on weekdays). It will just help you get up and feel more like a human… It doesn’t help to feel like a zombie, even if you’re getting a lot done.
A Daily Routine Checklist
If specific times don’t work for you — having a check sheet of things you want to accomplish each day can help a lot as well!
In fact, I mostly have my daily routine as a ROUTINE at this point — but I use the TickTick app to remind me what needs to get done each day.
Bonus: I can share it with my husband, so we can view those chores as a team (I also have to do lists that I don’t share with him that are just my jobs).
Ok, let’s get a little bit more specific on how this can work for you:
Stay at Home Mom Cleaning Schedule
Creating a cleaning schedule allows you to just make the block “cleaning” and then you have jobs you do each day of the week.
I am 100% TIED to my cleaning schedule. It saves my life because I just don’t have time to think about what needs to be done next.
I would promise that moms who have houses that look clean and put together use a cleaning schedule (or, perhaps suffer from OCD). I love mine, and you can read about my cleaning schedule here.
I also have a post on making a cleaning schedule work for you (because as nice as it is to have a SCHEDULE — it really doesn’t work unless you do).
Stay at Home Mom Schedule with an Infant
Because I have an OLD kid who was born in 2000 — I followed the BabyWise schedule (sort of).
Honestly, it really helped me ease into parenthood.
And I used each of his naps to do something else in my schedule. Cleaning happened during the first nap, and TV happened during the second one 🙂 and meal prep happened in the third.
The key, really, is finding something that works for you. Schedules work for me. Some moms much prefer to allow each day to be run by the child’s needs.
Both are fine. As is a combination of them! Just make sure that what you’ve decided to do is deliberate. That you are picking it because it’s how you like it. 🙂
**It is also 100% fine to have a daily routine — although I do find these next ones to be helpful:
Mini Mom Routines
While it’s nice to have all those things on your schedule. The reality is that you will have small routines in each part of your day that make it run more smoothly.
That is honestly what my course Family Routines has going for it.
I am going to help you creat/refine/enhance routines for many sections of your day:
- Making lunches
- Cleaning your house (and getting your family involved)
- Grocery Shopping
- Menu Planning
- There are MANY more (and more being added) — check out the current list here (just click on that list to toggle it open)
Daily Routines for Kids
The people who have benefited MOST from my routines were the little ones who hung with me from age birth til’ just after 5.
That’s right. My kids.
The knew what would happen and that they’d be able to watch Blue’s Clues if they did some reading with me.
They knew that they needed to play for a bit by themselves so that I could get some cleaning done, and we’d clean together after that.
In general, kids thrive on routines. It’s just SO nice to know what to expect.
That doesn’t mean the routine can’t change — but having a basic idea of what will happen each day is so great for them.
They feel more secure and safe — and in turn it was easier to parent them.
Some other posts about helping kids in routines: Positive Self Talk in Kids Teaching Teens to do the Laundry How NOT to kill your husband.
If you liked this post, I bet you’ll be interested in my cleaning schedule, which you can also download right here. And check out my other parenting posts after that!