Daily Routine of a Stay at Home Mom

I was laid off this week. That is okay. I am a full time stay at home mom. Wow, it is an adjustment. But it is the vocation I am 100% convinced I am called to. It’s my life’s dream.

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Before Bed Routine

1. 7:00 Get the children ready for bed (30 min)

  • Walk them through their BBR
  • Pray together as a family, read a book & tuck the children in bed (7:30)

2. Clean up the house before you go to bed (30 min)

  • 5 minute room rescues – living room, bedrooms, bathroom
  • Kitchen – clean it up, shine sink, lay out clean dishcloths
  • 5 minute hot spots – dining table & desk

3. Think about tomorrow before you go to bed (20 min)

  • Check your calendar for appointments
  • Start a to do list for tomorrow
  • Ask myself & hubby: “What can be done that will make tomorrow morning easier?”
  • Gather items you don’t want to forget and place them by the door
  • Start breakfast – set the table & make a mental note for breakfast
  • If you plan to use the slow cooker, get some ingredients ready
  • Lay out your clothes for tomorrow

4. Cool down before going to bed (20 min)

  • Get yourself ready for bed
  • Brush your teeth, wash your face and comb your hair
  • Take vitamins
  • Pray together

5. Spend screen-free time with hubby

  • Make some tea for hubby & myself
  • Chart! Be in bed by 10:00

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First Thing Morning Routine

1. 5:30 Rise and shine!

  • Make your bed
  • Pray!
  • Work out
  • Go into the bathroom; shower and clean it while you’re there
  • Dress to shoes; fix your hair & face
  • Swipe the counter & Swish the toilet
  • Leaving the living room with a load of laundry in hand and go straight to the washer

2. The kitchen

  • (If you BBR) The kitchen is clean and all you need to do is empty the dish drainer!
  • Make coffee and tea and start breakfast
  • Prepare breakfast

3. Think about your day

  • ASK HUBBY BEFORE HIS SHOWER HOW I CAN HELP HIM OUT THE DOOR (fill a travel mug of coffee, etc)
  • Check your calendar
  • Make your to do list
  • Dinner prep
  • Review checking account and bring down the balance
  • Hit the hot spots, if any are messy

4. Now think about yourself

  • Take vitamins
  • Sit down and relax for a moment
  • Reboot the laundry (put it in the dryer)
  • Reward yourself with some computer time

5. Get the children ready for the day

  • Wake them up at 7:00!
  • Walk them through their morning routine
  • Eat breakfast together
  • Set the timer for 10 minutes: Clean up chairs, floor mats,, dishes and kitchen
  • Now you’re free to play until lunchtime and it isn’t even 8am!

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Naptime Tidy Up

  1. 5 minute room rescues – Living room, Bathroom, Bedrooms (15 min)
  2. Fold & put away laundry (15 min)
  3. Put away dishes & wash any that are dirty (15 min)
  4. Get drinks & snacks ready for kids (5 min)

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Supper Routine

1. Set the mood for a peaceful suppertime (start at 4:15)

  • Spend a couple minutes freshening your face
  • Set supper table
  • Start supper. Fill the sink with hot, soapy water and wash dishes as you go
  • Light candles
  • Put on some nice music
  • Pick up a couple hot spots

2. Get supper cleaning out of the way (30 min)

  • Timer 10 min: Wipe down the high chairs, trays, table and floor mats
  • Timer 15 min: Put the food away. Wash those few dishes that are left.
  • Timer 5 minutes: Take out all upstairs trash.

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Without a plan I do not get very much done. That is the way of it. This is how I have been spending my first days as a stay at home mommy. Well, the Morning and Before Bed have happened mostly. I am not used to washing dishes and folding laundry every day. And I fight insomnia. Baby steps in the right direction.

Ora et labora!

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