(Closed) SAHMs – Daily Chore Routine?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m not a Stay-At-Home Mom yet (will be in about a month though!). My plan is to take things as they come. For cleaning, I like to focus on a room a day. If I can’t get to it that day, then it’s no big deal, but then the whole house will get done throughout the week and it won’t take a huge amount of time b/c you do a little at a time.

Post # 4
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think the whole mom job was unfamiliar until my son was 6 months–then I finally got a routine down. Before the 6 months mark–I couldn’t get much done except for laundry, dishes and simple dinners. I still make lists of what’s most important and during his naps I get the most done. By the age of one my son was taking two 2 hour naps a day and going to bed at 7pm so by that point I would tackle vacuuming, kitchen and bathrooms. For the thing area’s that were safer for him to be around we would play but clean at the same time.

ps. my son learned to crawl by trying to chase after hangers that were on the floor when I was folding laundry one day, and this worked with a few of my friends too! 6 month old babies LOVE hangers for some reason…I never let him get them but it was motiviation to start moving!

Post # 5
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

The time when I wakeup thru her first morning nap, I shower, eat (she’s in the high chair near me) and clean kitchen. Throw laundry in.

Sometimes I have visitors/playdates over right after the morning nap.

During long mid nap, I prep for dinner and rest, read.

AFter nap, I go on a shopping errand with baby.

The last part of day, while she’s playing… I straighten up and make dinner.

At night, I usually go on the computer and do personal stuff.

Hubby does bathrooms and vacuums.

Post # 6
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m a stay at home wife, soon to be mom, but what I find is best for me is to make lists every Monday to get done by the next Monday. The house is staying organized and clean, I’m still getting everything done, and I don’t feel frazzled like I have to get a chore done TODAY. ๐Ÿ™‚ But we will see what changes when I actually have a baby… Maybe I should be keeping my mouth shut!

Post # 7
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Not a mom, but this summer (I’m a teacher) I’ve started using the system from FlyLady


I’m starting with the beginner steps and even after just a little over a week my house is already looking better, plus even my “I never notice all the dog hair everywhere” husband even commented today that the house is really looking better and it is helping him be more accountable for his chores.

Post # 9
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

when my daughter was tiny i could do whatever whenever since i could drag her swing room to room. now that shes 2 its totally changed. we get up and get breakfast. wash the dishes, wipe down the kitchen. then pick up the living room since thats about the time her cartoons come on so i can be there with her and get stuff done. we eat lunch then i lay her down to nap. while shes sleeping i run the mop through the house, tidy up the bathroom and gather laundry. when she gets up she helps me with laundry and folding and putting away. when thats finished she plays in her room till daddy gets home then she picks up her toys and we have dinner. after dinner we all chill in the living room and watch cartoons till she falls asleep. thats when i get to finish putting my and Fiance laundry away then him and i relax on the couch!! it dosent always work this way but part of being a sahm is being flexible. i may not do laundry every day and the dishes might not get done after every meal but its all dont by the end of the night.

Post # 10
1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m about to become a Stay-At-Home Mom in August, and I’m really worried about this. I have major guilt about not bringing in as much of a salary while I’m on mat leave, and know that I will be trying to do everything on the home front, despite being told to “sleep when the baby sleeps”.


My husband has already offered to take over some chores, like the bathrooms and dishes, but I already feel way too guilty to even think about accepting. Maybe once the baby’s here and reality hits hard I will change my mind. But I doubt it.


Post # 11
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m actually a Stay-At-Home Wife, and i follow the chore schedule my Mom had laid out YEARS ago.  It’s:


Monday: Laundry


Tuesday: Write all Birthday Cards, Deep clean the bathroom, Wash the sheets on the bed


Wednesday: Deep clean the kitchen (this involves cleaning the refridgerator, cleaning the pantry), Clean out the car


Thursday: Clean any area of the house that needs extra help (this is usually my craft table, since, right now, it’s exploded onto the kitchen table), dust, wash the dog, do all of my couponing for shopping.


Friday: Run all errands (except grocery store), Mop


Saturday: Nothing special


Sunday: Grocery store in the early AM


Every day I do dishes, vacuum (dog and cat=tons of hair), and any normal picking up.


I don’t get it right every week, but most weeks I’m pretty good.  Also, in terms of guilt, my husband and I make it work like this: while I don’t bring in a salary, I do what I can to SAVE his money.  I pay the bills, but if that means negotiating with companies for better rates, I do that.  I am an incessant couponer–last Sunday, my bill went from over 300 to less than 50.  I make things for our home, instead of just buying them, saving us money.


In the end, it still is a financial contribution, just saving, rather than earning ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 12
5151 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am the QUEEN of lists but it took me until last week to come up with a “chore chart” of sorts. Before I made this chart I was doing one HUGE 2 day cleaning streak every couple weeks and it was a lot harder that way.


Chore Chart


Sunday- Vacuum all


Monday-Wood Floors & Kitchen


Tuesday-Wash all Sheets & Rugs


Wednesday-Dust all & Clean Deck, Porch & Grill


Thursday-Clean Master Bath


Friday-Clean 2nd Bath


Saturday-Windows & Mirrors (all)


As Needed:


-Laundry (EVERY day I start a load around 7-8a.m no matter what and work on it throughout the day)




-Watering Plats


-General Tidying


*Note: This doesn’t include yard work! My husband does the lawn mowing and this year I’ll be honest; new house + new baby =hardly any landscaping/plants/flowers …hopefully next year :X




I’m VERY neat & organized anyway but without a paying job I do find that I am extra concerned about the house being as close to perfect as can be. I am lucky because my husband is a pretty clean guy & a big help but the cleaning is as much for my own sanity as for him.


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Post # 13
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

this is why I would be a FAILURE at being a SAHM!  I could never get the hang of being so organized and on top of the housework – plus i do not like tidying/cleaning, I wish I had some of that gene in me somewhere.  Kudos to you all for taking care of the baby and the house at the same time!!

Post # 14
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

totally…but what we do, taking care of a child and a household is quite a bit more than a full time job. Waking up in the middle of the night, getting up in the early morning, spending hours soothing, feeding, changing diapers, playing AND cleaning? salary.com said the price of a stay at home mom is $138,095 a year…so our husband’s should be pretty thankful!


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Post # 16
7371 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@kate6214: I was just about to post on the Flylady. I think her system is really simple -although I haven’t fully implemented it yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

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