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A Day in the Life of a Work-at-Home Mom and Homemaker

on September 23, 2015 by Katie Bennett 5 comments

By Katie Bennett, contributing writer.

Homemaking is a beautiful discipline with many different facets and faces. Each home and life are different, but the godly calling is the same. As women, we are to nurture this God-given space we call home.

But what does that look like?

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While I’m far from “a perfect homemaker,” I’d like to give you a glimpse into my daily life as a WAHM (work at home mom) of three little ones, ages 4, 2 and 3 months.

I’m not a highly structured person, so the thing that empowers me is routine. I attach small routines to many parts of my day to ensure I am accomplishing the necessary daily tasks. These small things slowly add up into big things!

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Mornings

Early Morning

I begin my day with a simple morning routine, outlined here. This routine ensures that each day I prioritize spending time with God and exercising.

As a work at home mom, I must also find time run my blog, Embracing a Simpler LifeSince my children are late sleepers, I am often able to work for an hour or  so before they wake up.

My routine also allows me to start each morning with curtains drawn, beds made, dirty clothes put away, and myself and my little darlings dressed and fed.  In this way I experience the satisfaction of knowing our bedrooms are under control for the day.

Mid-Morning

During the mid-morning I spend time with my children. We have play dates, go to parks, play games and go for walks. I like to get out of the house if possible, since the variety is refreshing for all of us.

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Lunch and Nap time

Sometime around noon we have an easy lunch and then clean up.

In the afternoon, from about 1-4, we keep things quiet around our house. My children enjoy some combination of TV time and nap time (or “room time” for my oldest daughter who no longer needs naps). She sets a timer and enjoys monitoring this part of her day independently.

This is my main opportunity to work. I write blog posts, schedule social media, craft newsletters and spend time creating products. I love what I do! However, it’s easy to get sidetracked on Facebook. One of the most powerful productivity tools I’ve found is an online timer. I set it for one hour and discipline myself to write during this time. Once the ball gets rolling, it’s great. I am much more focused with this structure, and I find it amazing what I can actually get done!

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Dinner Prep

At 4:00 pm I stop working and begin assessing the dinner situation. If I’m organized, I already have a meal plan and groceries in place. I do preliminary prep and spend the next hour and a half cooking and spending more time with my children.

Evenings

We eat dinner at 5:30 pm each evening when my husband gets home from work. He appreciates a hot meal on the table, so this gives me a good goal! After enjoying dinner together as a family, I do the dishes immediately and wipe the counters and sweep the floors. I love heading into our evening with a clean kitchen.

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After dinner we spend time as a family until bedtime. Our kids have a few bedtime duties and then are put to bed systematically, from youngest to oldest.

After everyone is in bed, I spend about 20 minutes tidying up and decluttering the main living areas of our home. This is a routine I repeat in exactly the same order and to the same standard every evening. I have to dig deep to find the energy and motivation in the moment but it makes me feel successful as a homemaker to go to bed with a tidy home.

At this point, I often go to bed! I don’t carve out time in my day to watch TV personally, but the trade off in sleep and productivity is worth it!

Any other WAHM’s out there? How do you juggle homemaking, mothering and working practically?

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  1. Hi there – I read a book called Large Family Logistics which had great ideas for routines, and this article is great too. I work from home also so this is helpful. My question is – where does spending alone time with your husband come in? That was my only problem with the routine layout in LFL. It was great for the kids and I and the house, but to make it work I didn’t have any time for my husband. He’s the most important piece of the puzzle! Any tips?

    • Great point! I think for me that happens after the kids go to bed. We spend some time together and I mosey to bed when I feel that need has been met. We also do date nights ever couple weeks and get good quality time together even while the kids are up. But that’s going to look different for every couple. I completely agree that is an essential component!

  2. Thank you for your suggestions. I am a Fire Wife. For me it’s important to create a routine that creates stability for my kids, but also maintains enough flexibility to make my husband a priority on his days off. Early mornings are definitely time to be fed; coffee and Jesus to start the day and then exercise right after school drop off. Evenings tend to be my time for any creativity and reading. Our kids are 9, 7, and 3. Two are in co-op charter school and one attends preschool. I am learning to create a homemaking schedule that facilitates school volunteer hours and homemaking responsibilities. I try to accomplish organizing, household chores, and grocery shopping on days when my husband is gone. I volunteer partial days when he is home to give him some time to himself but also allows for time spent together. My prayer is that everyone feels treasured and enjoys being home. Hopefully that translates love more than a perfectly decluttered home.

  3. Thank you for the inspiration:)
    I have 3 children I home school and a baby. I’m still trying to conjure up the best routine for my morning and evening. I home school from 8-4, then start dinner so I am having allot needing done by the end of the day, including blogging and socials.
    I love your routine. I hope some of it will work for me. If you have any suggestions, I am listening:)
    Thank you again.
    Christina

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