Routines are not only for those who work at the office. Even work-at-home moms or stay-at-home moms need to have one. As a full-time stay-at-home mom of a toddler and kid, the best way to make my day flow well and get things done in the house is to have a stay-at-home mom routine.
Routine is the best way to trash a chaotic or crazy morning, afternoon, and evening. It also helps set up your day, prepare and get things done.
My stay-at-home mom’s daily routine
- Wake up early.
- Reading the Bible
- Wake the kids up.
- Kids’ and toddlers’ routines are: making the bed, brushing teeth, getting dressed, and comb hair.
- Take breakfast together
- Start the morning chores
- Work on my blog
- Fold clothes
- Prepare dinner
- Take dinner
- Read a motivational book
- You can watch a motivating video.
- Bedtime routine: Reading storybooks with children
- Prepare for tomorrow.
Waking up early
One of the secrets I have realized for the last four years is waking up early in the morning. Waking up early makes my day productive, and you do so much stuff in the morning.
If you are not a morning person, don’t force yourself to wake up early. You can try to find a schedule that works for you. may be working late at night or mid-morning.
I always wake up 1 hour before everyone in the house.
After waking up, this is not the time to check social media or emails.
Use this time to uplift your mind.
I always start my morning with a word of prayer.
Read the Bible.
After praying, I read a chapter a day. Sometimes I use bible apps.
After reading the word of God, I meditate and plan for the day.
I do 15 to 30 minutes of simple exercise at home.
Other activities I do early in the morning are reading a motivational book, listening to a podcast, or watching a motivational video.
Prepare for the day
This is a good time to take a shower, brush your hair, and dress up. Make sure you put on clean clothes, not stained clothes. You can put on makeup. Who said if you are a stay-at-home mom, you are not supposed to look good and pretty?
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As I prepare breakfast, I take a glass of warm water. I sip warm water as I wait for breakfast to be ready. Find out the benefits of drinking plain warm water or lemon water in the morning on an empty stomach.
Wake the kids up
Waking the kids up is applicable only for the school-going day. Take breakfast together and prepare them to go to school.
Start cleaning chores
At this time, everybody is up, has breakfast, and has mostly prepared themselves for the day.
I start doing things like:
- Making up the bed: Read the importance of making the bed.
- Cleaning utensils
- Do laundry
- Clean the house—check my house cleaning schedule.
Work on my blog
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Most stay-at-home moms don’t create time to eat. It’s work and work… Even if you are alone at home, prepare a balanced diet lunch for yourself, sit down and eat.
In my case, I prepare lunch in the evening, so when the time comes, I just warm the food.
In the afternoon, I take a 30-minute nap. Afternoon naps help me feel energized to handle other tasks in the day.
Update social media account
After 30 minutes of naptime, I update my social media accounts. Follow me on my Pinterest account.
I always do my laundry early in the morning, so by the afternoon, my clothes are dry. I fold them and store them.
I always make sure dinner is ready before 6 pm. At 7 pm, we have dinner together with my family.
After taking dinner, I clean dishes, pick up toys in the sitting room, wipe the kitchen counter, and sweep the kitchen floor.
At this time children are asleep. Husband help put children to bed.
I can read a book, watch a movie, or continue working on my blog until 10 pm.
Prepare for tomorrow
Before I sleep I set out clothes for the next day.
I pack for the next day in case I am traveling or the kids are going to school.
I know most people are wondering when I run an errand, but I do my shopping over the weekend.
The above routine is what I follow during the weekdays, but on the weekend I take a day off.
Sleep long hours and create quality me time on Saturday. On Sunday I don’t work on my blog. I relax on the couch, maybe crocheting or improving my culinary skills.
Routines are different. You can create a routine that fits your needs. You are only required to be consistent, stick to it, and it will start to be a habit.
Are you a stay-at-home mom? How do you structure your day? Share it with us in the comment section below.