daily schedule of a homemaker?

@evepin (723)
Philippines
April 29, 2010 10:04pm CST
i am a relatively new stay at home mom and right now, i have difficulty managing my time (surprise!) as a homemaker. i have been working in a corporate setup for 10 years before i finally decided to focus on family life. however, after 5 months of being a stay at home mom, i can say that most of the time i am just in front of the computer playing games or blogging or still trying to look for ways to earn money on the side. maybe the career woman in me is still there haha. anyways, i just would like to know what the daily schedule of stay at home moms out there. at least i get to have an idea of what others do. going to the gym? grocery? etc etc. thanks!
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@charylady (424)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
now that you are your own boss (in a way) and are not bound by the fixed time schedule of the corporate world, you need to be able to budget your time. you will still need a schedule tho now this will be your own making. there's a lot you have to do at home so list those down and set aside time for each chore. of course you should also allot time for recreation and fun stuff. maybe you're still adjusting to your new-found freedom. soon you will figure which schedule fits you best. good luck.
@evepin (723)
• Philippines
1 May 10
yup, i think that's it, that i am still adjusting to this set-up. So far, what I had in my list of routines are: exercise (gym and yoga alternately), meditation and prayer everyday (half hour or so), quality time with my 2yo - even if she likes her room to herself i will still be present there, of course preparing and cooking meals, and me time in the form of being online, reading a book, or watching movies/tv programs that i have downloaded. sounds good?
• Philippines
2 May 10
yes you have a full day! all it takes is time management which i'm sure you've mastered while in the corporate world. now you have more control. enjoy!
@daliaj (5689)
• India
30 Apr 10
It is not that interesting to be a homemaker unless you have little kids at home to take care. IOf you are just a homemaker you will have a lot of time to spend. You can't watch TV or sleep the whole time. You will end up putting on a lot of weight. I am going to be a homemaker for a small time in a cople of months. I am shifting to a new country where my husband lives permanently and it will take some time for me to find a job. I am hoping that I can find a job soon.
@evepin (723)
• Philippines
1 May 10
that's my concern too, you know, putting on weight and looking like a stereotypical housewife, whatever that means (losyang in Filipino). i love cooking and i can spend hours preparing food, so I really have to allot some time too to exercise, probably one of my least favorite activities. hahaha.
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Well I know the feeling. I am also the same, busy with office work and then I decided to settle down and be a housewife but it was really not that hard for me since I do get the help I need at home because my hubby helps. Just think that you can do so much because you are no longer pressured at work and don't need to run for the time and worry the traffic because you need to go to work. Anyway, just do help your hubby on your online work. Perhaps you can even do ebay if you want only. For me, I have enjoyed both my online and offline sideline. This also helps me to save enough money and help in our expenses at home.
@evepin (723)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
yup i also try to look for earning opportunities online though my husband doesn't feel good about it. he doesn't like me in front of the computer always, and prefers that i do something else. i am currently trying to make a routine calendar to make sense out of my time. maybe i am really just at a loss on what to do and need order and structure. its easy when working, since one kinda expects what to do during the day. i'm gonna share with you guys what i come up with!
• United States
30 Apr 10
its not an easy transition! I was a stay at home mom for 10 years there is no set schedule you can only do so much housework LOL I usually got my housework done in the morning and used my afternoons to run errands or just get out of the house for awhile I started gardening just to have a reason to go outside everyday I also spent a good deal of time in the afternoon on the computer LOL
@evepin (723)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
it has made me lazier in a sense that i have this thinking "i have all the time in the world" because... it is partially true, right? haha. i dont really do housework because we have helpers at home. my 2yo daughter prefers her independence right now so there's minimal supervision there. i am left by myself. hubby is away most of the time (he's works abroad). i thought before that since i am a sahm i can go anywhere anytime. but lately i've been spending 90% of my time at home... in front of the computer. thats bad, i think. hahaha. i want to do gardening but i dont have a garden, just a balcony in our condo. i do have plants but now they're almost dying because of the extreme cruel summer heat in our country. *sigh* this makes me all the more look forward to my husband coming home and spending a few months 24/7. at elast when he's here our schedule is always packed.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
19 Aug 12
I found that I'm getting less time playing since my second daughter is born. I can only play on the internet a little bit when they are both napping, otherwise, most of the time I'm either playing with my toddler or taking care of my newborn. I normally do housework in the early morning, put them to nap after lunch, have my own time for about an hour get ready for dinner after the kids finish napping.
• United States
16 Aug 10
I am a homemaker as well. My boys are 6 and 4. My schedule varies from day to day. I use the system found at flylady.net to keep up with my working out and household chores. For your 2 year old, there are things you can do together. She may be independent, but she still needs her mom to help her discover new things to do. Please do not take this as me being judgemental, I am just asking out of curiosity...if you are a homemaker, why do you have outside help?
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
16 Jun 10
during the summer its more relaxed. We wake up kind of late. I try and plan at least one outing during the week so we are not stuck in here all the time. This summer has been kind of bad b/c I am 8 months prego and having a lot of problems. When we do something I end up having contracts afterwards so I am very careful about what we do during the week. I am usually first to get up and thats when I use the computer. Once the kids wake for breakfast I make it and then clean up around the kitchen while they are eating. Sometimes I throw a batch of clothes in the washer. i try and do 1 batch a day so it doesn't catch up on me. Once I get my energy back it will be so much better. During school after I get my oldest to school and my youngest is still asleep I would sweep and mop my floor. We have wood and if you step on it while wet you will have little feet print all over so its best to do that while they sleep. I also use to clean at least 1 room a day. I really don't have much of a schedule its kind of whatever I feel like doing that day. When they are babies it is a bit easier. You don't have to run them to school or practice so get your rest in now b/c your life will get busier when they get older. You will then become taxi mom.
@hvedra (1623)
11 May 10
If you are used to the corporate world then treat the homemaking like a job. Set a schedule, deadlines and make appointments to do stuff "2 p.m. clean the bathroom" but also set time for being with your kids or doing other things. Get a diary or set up an online one that will remind you what your schedule is each day. There are some good e-mail groups that send you reminders as well, have a look on yahoo, for example, and find one that suits your style.
• United States
30 Apr 10
wow we sound identical... but I have learned that it is ok to do things for me as long as my kids and husband are kept fat and happy... I always cook, and I clean as much as I can and I take my kids outside for as long as I can..but I also take time to myself when I can, but it makes me feel guilty at times... but I sat down with my husband and he is fine with it. He says the house looks good and the food taste great, and he says everyday that my job is harder than his because we have to little girls and I am pregnant
@mylila (107)
• Malaysia
30 Apr 10
I don't have kids but I am a home maker. Once in a while I search for freelance jobs as a translator to get extra income. My daily schedule would be cleaning the house, washing clothes, jotting down every interesting recipe I see for my everyday cooking, baking ( I love baking. I do it every other day). I usually go only when my work is done. My husband usually comes home after dinner, so, I would cook an early dinner and only reheat once he's home. I only watch tv at night with my husband.
• India
30 Apr 10
Home makers generally do the house hold works & take rest in their leisure time