The job of a stay at home mom can be an overwhelming one. Many moms may even experience some stay at home mom burnout. Staying on top of household chores, young children, your spouse, and errands and activities can actually be more time consuming than working a 9-5 job outside of the home. For stay at home moms trying to stay on top of the household chores without feeling overwhelmed, and still looking to save time for your little ones, here’s a simple chore schedule that can help you stay on track.
Sunday is the day that the stay at home mom should prepare for the week ahead. Keep in mind that if your spouse is home, this is the ideal day to accomplish one household task that might be more difficult when young children are present. Aim for one major project on Sunday, but then save the rest of the day for family time. I usually try to change and launder the sheets and towels on Sunday, and then do a major clean of either the kitchen or one bathroom.
As both parents and children return to the routines of school and work, Monday can be a hectic day for families. Focus on tidying up from the weekend. Do one load of laundry in the morning and be sure to put away any other clothes when time allows. Vacuum or sweep the entire house today, preferably in the evening before bedtimes.
Now that the family is settling back into their routine, you may be able to make time for more household chores. Depending on the size of your family, you may need to do another load of laundry today, or it might be able to wait until tomorrow. The goal is to keep the laundry accumulation to a minimum. Focus on one household task today that you can rotate weekly. I dust one week, and then do windows the following week. Again, try to keep up with general tidying (wiping table and counter tops, washing dishes) as time allows.
Use today to catch up. Don’t schedule a new task. If you haven’t been able to clean the kitchen or bathroom well, finish the dusting, or stay on top of the laundry, today is the day to do it.
Vacuum and sweep as necessary again today. It might be possible to focus on the first floor or high traffic areas only. Depending on the number of bathrooms in your house, today is a good day to do a quick clean of them. Don’t worry about cleaning tubs and showers–those can wait for the weekend clean. Instead, worry about cleaning toilets, sinks, and mirrors.
Today is the day to prepare for the weekend. Be sure that all laundry is done, folded, and put away. If any clutter has accumulated at the bottom of stairs, on the desk, or in the kitchen, today is the perfect day to get it all sorted and cleaned. When the stay at home mom goes to bed tonight, the house should be fairly clean and organized.
Saturday is family day! Take the time to enjoy your children, your spouse, and the opportunity that you all have to be together. Of course, you can put away that game of Honey Bee Tree when the family is done playing, or wash up the dishes after the pizza dinner, but don’t worry about deep cleaning. Enjoy your family.
Of course, the life of a stay at home mom is filled with errands, activities, and most importantly, children. It’s important to be flexible. Playgroups on Tuesdays and story time at the library on Fridays are much more important than running the vacuum and doing the dishes. However, setting cleaning goals for the week can make the life of a stay at home mom run more smoothly, while still allowing time for the most important things–your children.