How to Create the Best Stay At Home Mom Schedule

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SAHM Routine

Are you in need of an awesome Stay At Home Mom schedule?

You’re in the right spot!

The best Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) schedule is one that allows you to accomplish getting what you need to do along with what you want to do in a day.

Whether you are looking for a stay at home mom schedule with an infant, toddler, or school age children, you will be able to take what is written here and apply it to make your own day ROCK.

It’s interesting, because, when my babies weren’t old enough for preschool, I used to think, “Once they’re in preschool I’ll be able to be more productive.”

Now that I’m here in the preschool days (they attend 9 am to 1 pm), I think, “If only I had a few more hours…once they’re in elementary school then I’ll really be able to have a good schedule and accomplish a lot.” And then that’s when it hit me…

I need to stop relying on the future for a better schedule. I need to just rely on me and stop making excuses. Be thankful for the time I do have and make the most of it.

That mindset shift is what allowed me to create a Stay At Home Mom schedule that I love. But before we get to the actual schedule, let’s first talk about our road blocks.

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The Struggles of a SAHM Schedule

Creating a Stay At Home Mom schedule can feel hard to do for a few reasons.

1. We have constant interruptions.

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Our interruptions come morning, noon, and night. From bed wetting, to getting sick, to wanting our attention in the middle of the day…

The reasons to start and stop, start and stop what we are doing are endless. Tasks that should only take 5 minutes end up taking over an hour because we can’t sit in silence with blinders on.

Solution 1:

Plan ahead with the tasks that are most important for you to accomplish when your children are at school, napping, or playing independently.

My kids know every day between 2 pm and 3 pm they are to play by themselves in their bedrooms. They stay in their until their lights turn green. If you don’t have a Hatch to color code independent play/sleep, I highly recommend!

Read the Magic of the Hatch Rest Sound Machine to learn more about its greatness with routines.

Solution 2:

Set the bar lower. That might sound like odd advice. But, I noticed I was getting frustrated with my inability to accomplish more in a day because I was comparing myself to my former, independent self pre-children.

One day I had the epiphany that IT’S OKAY to not get it all done in a day because more importantly, I am providing a safe, secure, and fun space for my children to thrive in. THAT is simply enough in a day.

Becoming a mom forces us to slow down and be flexible. I think that’s beautiful.

Solution 3:

Be grateful for the interruptions. Be grateful it is you getting to experience the tiny moments instead of a nanny, etc. We are so lucky to be where we are.

2. It’s all on us.

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We’re in charge. There’s no one telling us our schedule or giving us guidance on how to operate our home.

Time management can feel challenging for that reason. Knowing how to balance childcare, errands, household chores, and self-care can be a lot.


Reach out to fellow mom friends to see how they run their days. Give yourself grace and remember that you are doing great.

3. Lack of Structure

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The demands of childcare and household responsibilities are constant. The lack of structure can cause feelings of inefficiency and guilt.

Knowing how to make the best use of our time can be a juggling act and feel very fragmented. We often feel guilty about not spending more time with our children and/or more time keeping the house in order.


Follow a solid Stay At Home Mom schedule template! See below 🙂

3 Steps to Creating a SAHM Schedule

1. Keep a Running List

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We juggle so much as parents and are constantly thinking of a million different things. Whenever something pops into my head, I add it to an ongoing list on my phone–no matter how big or small the task is.

Keeping this list makes “data dumping” quick and easy…Dump the thought onto a digital paper so that you can make room in your head to focus on the present.

I am so big about writing everything down because once it’s written, it can be out of sight and out of mind until I look at it again in the evening.

Every night before I fall asleep, I choose from the list what I will complete the next day. When you look at something every single night, you are bound to get the task done so much faster.

How and when I do the tasks leads me to the next 2 steps.

2. Put Your Tasks into 3 Categories

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When planning the day, think of the below 3 categories. Putting your list of tasks into these 3 buckets helps you create a more efficient SAHM routine:


Needs are things that have no wriggle room whatsoever. If it doesn’t happen, you’re in a real bind.

Having only one roll of toilet paper left in the house…You need to go to the store asap.

Not getting a workout in all week and it’s already Thursday…You need to get that workout in or everyone will be dealing with Grumpy Mom. (Self-care is a must. For more on this, read 8 Best Self-Care Tips for Moms.)

On the flip-side, if you’ve been working out every day this week, tomorrow’s workout could be more of a want than a need…

What is a need one week could be a want the following week; have fluidity and flexibility.


Wants are things that will make you feel happy, but you’re day isn’t ruined if it doesn’t happen.

Examples are:

These types of things improve the quality of your day, but it will be okay if they get done tomorrow, too.

Household Chores

You might be wondering why household chores are neither a need or a want. You can skip this category if you’d like and just put your laundry, cooking, cleaning etc. into the needs or wants categories.

But for me, I pay attention to them better when chores are their own category altogether. It helps me structure my day better, which leads me to step 3.

3. Structuring Your Day

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An awesome day is one where you do everything in your needs category, at least one of your wants, and one or two of your household chores. How do you do this?

First, note when you are the best version of yourself. For me, I personally am the best version of myself early in the morning. As the day goes on, I lose steam and start making excuses.

When are you at your best? If you are a night owl and struggle in the mornings, reverse what I say here:

Mornings = my wants

The first 15 minutes of the day to the first 2 hours of the day, I crank out the items listed in my wants category. My wants range from a hot shower in total silence, to reading while drinking tea, to working on my blog, to exercising.

I do my wants completely by myself, so sometimes I wake up at 4:30 am. Other days I wake up at 6:30 am.

School Hours = my needs (with a little bit of wants)

While my children are in school, I crank out all the needs that absolutely must get done that day.

Granted, a Stay At Home Mom Schedule with school age children is easier for this reason. But, if your kids are not in school yet, just take them with you.

I know that might feel like a daunting task, but running around with littles in tow does get easier the more you do it. It’s also healthy for them to be out and about; they learn SO MUCH just by watching the world (and you).

Afternoons = my chores

While my kids are home from preschool, I do an hour or two of chores–be it laundry, dishes, etc. I like them to see me doing chores because I think it helps teach them at a young age about responsibility. My kids are 3 and 5, and they sometimes ask if they can help.

I love that! Doing boring chores is a lot more fun with little monkeys. People like to know their place (both in and out of the home), and we all like to have a sense of community and belonging, a sense of service and help.

It makes us feel good, no matter how young or old we are. Kids feel good when they feel like they’re helping. If you have them help you unload the dishwasher when they’re little, chances are they’ll be more likely to help unload when they are older.

I love seeing the messy, disheveled silverware drawer when they are done “helping”, or the clothes in their drawers all amiss after putting laundry away with me. It takes only an extra few seconds to quietly correct their small efforts.

Evenings = quality time

I like the evenings to be left for hanging with my kids and husband.

And that is the Stay At Home Mom schedule that I follow! Start with a list of tasks that you can categorize into your needs, wants, and chores. Determine in which four areas (morning, school time, afternoons, evenings) you can efficiently get them done. Create a routine that is both structured and flexible.

It’s all about give and take. And it’s all about enjoying it in the now. I hope you have a great day tomorrow with your new routine!

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