Do you ever wonder what a typical day looks like for other moms? Like, when do they get up? Make breakfast for the kids? Fit in some sort of exercise? You know, when is everyone doing the 20 things that NEED to happen throughout the day?!
I wonder about this too! We have our own schedule over here, but I’m always curious to hear from other moms, how they structure their day, because you never know when you may hear something that you want to try out.
I’ve had a lot of moms reach out to me recently over in Instagram, and ask what our daily schedule looks like right now, so I thought I’d just break it all down for you, and share what a typical day looks like in our house.
Now before I go any further – let me just say, I’m writing this, while we are in the thick of the Coronavirus pandemic. So, our days look much different than they did just a couple of months ago. As do yours!
Let’s be real. We all became homeschool parents overnight. Juggling the work life balance went next level. And keeping the kids entertained at home every day has made us superwomen in a whole new way.
…I’m with you sista. All the feels over here!
So what I’m sharing with you, is a typical day during this current season of quarantine. Once the kids go back to school next fall, our days will look much different.
And just a side note – this schedule does not happen every day! Especially on the days Joe is home from work, we change it up, and try to get out of the house and do something as a family together. We’ll go to the bike path or go on a nature walk. Just something to get out! I love to have some spontaneity in our schedule – otherwise I start to feel really restricted. So this schedule is a typical day, but definitely not every day!
I set my alarm for 6:00am Monday-Friday. This is “me” time, and I look forward to it every single morning. I’m not a morning person, so 6:00am is the earliest I can get up right now to make this sustainable for me. Maybe at some point, I’ll be able to stretch it to 5:30am, but for now, I really like the 6am time. If I go to bed by 11pm, getting up at 6 is really manageable.
As soon as I get up, I go start the coffee pot and while that’s brewing I start getting my mindset in the right place. I focus on gratitude and write down my personal affirmations. Once I’m fully awake and have some coffee in me, I dive into getting some work done. This is my most focused and productive time to work during the day because there are no distractions!
This is when I close my computer and I start the day with my kids. Right now, my kids have been sleeping in till around 7:30, but they know, mom is working till 8, so they need to just chill on the couch until 8am. If Lynden (our 18 month old) gets up before 8, well then, work is done early and we start our day. However, if Joe is off of work, he is really great about helping with Lynden until 8am.
The kids are responsible for making their beds, brushing their teeth and getting dressed in the morning.
I get my workout in. Right now I’m doing Beachbody and I stick to 30 minute workouts. I try to get this in 4 to 5 times a week if I can. Yes, some mornings it’s super chaotic and Lynden is hanging onto my legs, but I just do the best I can, and feel good about at least getting my body moving in some way. I also have the kids get a mat out and let them feel like they’re doing it with me. It usually keeps their attention for a few minutes, and gets their energy flowin’ in the morning!
Right after my workout, I make breakfast for everyone. We’re doing super simple these days. Hardboiled eggs, oatmeal, the little silver dollar pancakes from Trader Joe’s (these are the best) or plain o’ scrambled eggs.
We start schoolwork. We have to get schoolwork done first thing in the morning, otherwise it’s really hard to get the kids to stay focused. It usually takes us about 90 minutes to get school done, with a few breaks in between.
It’s play time! The kids can play outside, in the playroom, or really do whatever. I’m super chill when it comes to how they want to play and what they want to do. They aren’t big on watching tv so that has worked in my favor, we don’t have this struggle. If I can do it, I try to get a shower in during this time.
The kids are pretty hungry by noon, so we always eat lunch around this time. Then after lunch, we do a 15 minute clean up to put everything back in its place before quiet time.
I put Lynden down for a nap at 1pm and after I have her down, the older kids (ages 5 & 7) go to their room for quiet time. Because they don’t really watch tv during the day, I do have them watch their tablets during quiet time. I’ve found that they just really need some stillness for an hour, and this has been a good fit for us. (I absolutely love the Amazon fire tablets, highly recommend) I never let them have quiet time together. It is definitely a well needed hour of separation for everyone!
I either take a shower if this hasn’t happened yet, or get some work done, during their quiet time.
This is free time for the kids to play. I try to do one structured thing with them, whether it’s going for a walk, playing a game or something like that. But a lot of the times they just bounce from one thing to the next and do their thing!
It’s dinner time! I like to start making dinner around 4:30pm, so that we can eat around 5pm. We prefer eating earlier, so that there’s time to clean up the kitchen, tidy up the house BEFORE the kids go to bed. Cleaning up the house AFTER the kids go to bed is my least favorite thing. Once they’re in bed, I want to be done for the day!
We do a quick 15 minute family pick up and everyone helps tidy up the house and put everything back where it belongs. Then we head upstairs to get pajamas on. After the kids get their pajamas on, they have a snack and we do chill time on the couch and watch something as a family.
It’s bedtime! We put all of the kids to bed at 8pm. Right now, this time works great for our younger two (ages 5 and 1 1/2 ). Our oldest is 7 and we let her chill in her room till 9pm. She likes to draw or watch her tablet and then at 9pm she goes to bed.
That’s it! I know, it’s pretty mundane, but this is what our schedule looks like right now. I’m sure it will change in 6 months, because as the kids get older, our typical day will look different. And I kind of love this. I like to change things up after awhile.
One thing that I didn’t touch on in this schedule is when I get all of my household tasks done throughout the week – you know, the typical cleaning of the house, doing the dishes, laundry, all of that fun stuff that we all love so much.
To be honest, I just don’t spend much time on these things. Not because they don’t matter to me, because the definitely do! But because I have daily systems in place that make these tasks super quick for me to do. So I can just squeeze them in somewhere when I have a few minutes throughout the day.
Here’s the thing.
When you set your home up to work for you, you eliminate the need constantly pick up and clean up all the things.
Our home really clean, but I don’t spend 2 hours cleaning it every week. I’ve been there, done that, and I hated it.
It breaks my heart when I hear moms say, they feel tapped out trying to keep up with the cleaning, laundry, dishes, and just picking everything up. I know how this feels, but trust me when I say, you don’t have to feel this way.
Simplifying your home will change all of this for you!
If this is speaking to you right now, then I would love to see you inside of the Calm Your Chaos Course, where I teach you exactly how to set up your home like this.
In the course, I teach you really easy systems to implement in your home on the daily, so that you can say, peace out, to spending hours on those household tasks that you dread doing.
I want you to leave survival mode at the door and step into a peaceful and joyful motherhood that you deserve!
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