Being a stay at home mom is so easy!…I could barely get that sentence out without laughing and if some of you felt total resentment just reading it, I don’t blame you!
The truth is that being a stay at home mom is one of the hardest jobs I have ever had! It’s been two years. I don’t clean my house every day, or cook home-made meals every night. I don’t do all kinds of projects and crafts. And can someone please explain to me where all the time I was supposed to have for myself went because most days, there is none!
I chase a toddler around the house, watch the same episodes of Bluey on Disney Jr all day, save him from falling to his death when he decides to climb the furniture, AND JUMP OFF, and play snack maid just to keep him content for five minutes before it all starts over. Also… has anyone out there learned how to manage taking a poo privately yet? Because I usually have company and it wants to play or sit on my lap and cuddle. (Sigh!)
So, yeah… My point is, that being a stay at home mom requires planning, structure, and intentionality in order to be productive and efficient. At least, it does for me. So I created a Home Management Schedule to help me keep up with all the things in a way that isn’t stressful or overwhelming.
I’m extremely type A and it was really bothering me that I couldn’t seem to figure out how to manage my day as a stay at home mom. I didn’t feel like I was being productive, my house was a mess, and I was exhausted!!!! I missed feeling like the organized, put together, and efficient teacher I was. And then it dawned on me… I could use the exact method I used in my class, for my home! Why not?!
I’m not saying that I have it down perfectly, or that I check all the boxes every day, but it has been extremely helpful and my productivity is much higher than it was a year ago. I’m able to maintain the house, meals, and chores that need to be done. When the little guy goes to bed I have evenings to catch up with work things, time with the hubs, or just sit with my glass of wine and watch whatever show I’m watching at the time. Some nights, I go to bed early!
So how did I come up with this schedule?
I started by writing down all the things I could think of that need to be done.
Obviously, your list may look different than mine. You may do a load of laundry every day! I’m not about it! I like to wash all the clothes in one day, and all towels and linens for the week on another. I do this for a few reasons:
Once I had my list of household chores done, I created this chart. I use it as a reference, because believe it or not, I forget about things such as changing air filters.Also, things like cleaning the baseboards, ceiling fans, or drapes are chores I don’t exactly love, so having them written down for me to look at helps me make sure I get it done. My type A brain doesn’t like an incomplete checklist. Take a look at my chart:
Side Note: Several of the items on this chart are things that my daughter helps out with. We believe that it’s important to have kids help out around the house. Not only is having assigned chores great for learning responsibility, but they’re also learning to contribute to the upkeep of the home they live in and to their families. There is absolutely no way that I could do everything on my own and not be completely overwhelmed. My hubs also takes on several items!
I also created a daily schedule that I keep in my planner. It helps me to stay on track and use my time wisely. For the most part, it’s self explanatory. But there are a few items that I would like to explain.
Take a look at my schedule:
Notice how I said that the chart and the schedule help? I use that word because I absolutely do not get every single thing done every day, week, month, or even annually. I do not get up at 4:30 every day. Some days I’m up closer to 5:30 because I stayed up late watching The Crown and I start my day a bit behind. Some days I don’t make the bed, or lunch time gets moved due to a playdate or errand that runs long, etc. It isn’t realistic to expect that I can live every day following an exact hour to hour schedule and check every single thing off every single day. If you can… please teach me your superpower!
Some days I am extremely productive, stay on schedule and check all the boxes. Others, I just do the best I can. This system is my guide as a stay at home mom. It helps me to manage the most important things, structure my day, maintain my home, and get some time in for myself and/or with my husband.
I’m always looking for ways to improve my home management, so if you have an amazing method that works for you, please share! I would love to hear it!
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