Take a peek behind the scenes into my homemaker schedule for 2023. Plus some tips on how to create a homemaking schedule for your home.
I have found that the best way for me to approach homemaking is to treat it like any other job. Today, after the craziness that was 2020, working from home has become very popular. When I first started my homemaking journey however working from home was not as common place and maintaining a schedule as a homemaker was seen as a bit odd.
I have always felt very passionately about homemaking. My husband and I made the decision for me to be a full-time homemaker based on our values and beliefs. So my role as a homemaker is deeply rooted and purpose driven for me. Therefore the approach that I take with my homemaking is important and meaningful to me.
When I originally wrote about my homemaker schedule I had an infant and a very young toddler. That meant middle of the night feedings and the dreaded witching hour in the evenings. Today my kids are a bit older and so our schedule has changed quite a bit.
That is the beauty of setting your own homemaker schedule! You can make changes and adjustments as you need to fit your own unique family.
What Is The Daily Routine Of A Housewife?
- 7:00/7:30am- Everyone is waking up. We have breakfast and get dressed. I am not a huge fan of mornings so I try to keep this time pretty low-key until the coffee kicks in.
- 9:30/10:00am- We start read alouds and then depending on the day and weather either do an activity or play outside.
- 10:30am- The kids have some independent play before lunch and I use this time to work on chores around the house. Keeping a clean house with little kids can be challenging at times but it’s far from impossible.
- 11:30/12:00pm- Time for lunch! I serve lunch and while the kids are eating at the table we read our Bible story. After I have read the story I will eat my own lunch. We usually listen to some music during this time. Right now my kids have been requesting The Listener Kids but that can vary wildly depending on the day.
- 1:00pm- My youngest goes down for a nap and my oldest and I sit down at the table to do his school work. Ideally, I would prefer to do the schoolwork earlier in the day but it’s so much easier to do this while the younger one is napping. Even if you do not homeschool this is a great example of making your schedule work for you instead of the other way around.
- 1:20/1:30pm- Schoolwork does not take much time at all at this age so my oldest spends the rest of little sisters nap time playing with toys he doesn’t like her to get into, watching a show, or going back outside to play. I use that time to catch up on some more housework or do some work for the website.
- 2:30pm- Sister is awake and everyone is usually ready for a snack. After the snack if the weather is nice we typically head back outside. Otherwise the kids will play with toys inside or sometimes they will watch an educational show. I do not mind screen time as long as it is something high quality, both children enjoy it, and it is not all day long. If we have had lots of time reading and playing throughout the day then I am fine with letting them have screen time. If the kids are okay playing on their own I will get some work done around the house but more often than not they really prefer me to stay close and play with them in the afternoons.
- 5:30pm- Dinner time. We eat dinner together as a family and then start the kids bedtime routines.
- 7:00pm- Bedtime for the littles. Both kids are in bed and my husband and I spend some time together watching a show or playing a board game.
- 10:30pm- Bedtime for mom and dad.
Home Cleaning Schedule
If you want more information about the specific cleaning tasks that I do and when I have written about those more in depth in other posts.
Cleaning is an important part of any homemaker schedule but it is not the only thing that a homemaker does every day. There is so much more that goes into keeping a home.
Advice For Creating Your Own Homemaker Schedule
- Do not compare yourself or your schedule to anyone else.
- While it is wonderful to take inspiration from others it is never a good idea to hold yourself to the standards of another homemaker. Your family is unique to you and therefore your schedule will be unique.
- The schedule I shared above is not written in stone. There are days we have appointments, days someone is ill, or days that just do not go according to plan.
- Do not overbook yourself.
- I have noticed a tendency for some homemakers to be treated, either by themselves or others, as if their time is less valuable somehow than another woman who works out of the home.
- Just because you are at home does not mean that your schedule and obligations are not important or worthy. It is okay to say “no” to requests for your time.
- Schedule in down time
- Rest and taking care of yourself should not take a backseat simply because you live where you work.
- In order to be the best homemaker, mother, and wife you can be you must first take care of yourself.
- Focus on routines and rhythms not the clock
- You will notice in my schedule that I frequently shared a window of time rather than just one specific moment. This is because days fluctuate and living by the hour and minute on the clock does not do us any favors.
- I have also heard this referred to as time blocking
- Bad days will come
- Even if you have dreamed of being a homemaker since you were a small child there is still going to be rough days. Living your dream life does not mean that every single moment will be heavenly.
- Remember that a bad day does not mean a bad day.
- God’s grace is more than enough to cover you on these off days, weeks, or even seasons.