In this modern age, many people wonder why anyone would choose to be a homemaker. Often I hear the question, “so what do you do all day” and I thought I would share a day in the life of a homemaker. This is just one day in my life. Not all days are the same. Before the pandemic, we would visit the library weekly, have more playdates, or go to different activities outside of the home.
I feel it is important to start by saying I respect every mother’s decision in how they navigate motherhood. This is my personal experience as a homemaking mom of two.
5:00 – 7:00 am Usually I am up around 5 am and I head to my closet home office space to give myself a chance to have some quiet and alone time. I am an introvert so this time is important to me and part of the way I rest.
During this time I am either reading a book or my devotional, working on my blog, a project, meal planning, and ordering groceries, folding laundry, or binge-watching something I am interested in. I am currently watching a lot of videos on gardening, Airbnb hosting, and low-waste living.
7:00 – 10:00 am My two children, ages 5 and 18 months, wake up and enjoy a morning show and snack. This allows me time to let our two dogs out. I feed the dogs, unload the dishwasher, start a load of laundry, and make breakfast for the girls.
Before morning snacks were a thing, my kids would be very hangry and fussy while waiting for me to cook. It drove me insane. Now, they look forward to their morning snack and it allows me to ease into the morning. I often listen to a podcast or audiobook as well during this twenty-minute chunk of time.
We eat breakfast, and right away go outside and play or go on a morning walk.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Once we come back inside, we eat a snack and do what some would call our “homeschooling”. Since we are an eclectic unschooling family, we believe in life learning. Every moment is an opportunity for learning. However, during this time I am more actively involved. I might be doing a read-aloud, imaginative play, science experiments, etc. with the girls.
Around 11:15 am we are eating lunch, the girls might Facetime their grandmother, and I tidy up before putting my youngest down for her afternoon nap at noon. I let the dogs out again and clean up the dog run (cleaning dog poop is my least favorite task) before heading to my happy place.
Afternoon in the Life of a Homemaker
12:00 – 4:00 pm Nap time is usually my time. Since I know that my oldest is bound to interrupt me at least one or two times, I choose things to do that do not require deep thought, ha. To hold myself accountable, I have most recently been working out, folding clothes, and planning out my goals and tasks for the week during this time.
My oldest is using this time to play independently without having her sister interfer. I use to allow her to use this time for screentime but found that it was not the best time of day. Now she uses the first 45 minutes to an hour AFTER my youngest wakes to relax and watch her shows or play games on her iPad.
Around 3 pm we are tidying up, eating a snack, and heading back outside for more exploration and play. Playing outdoors is a huge priority for us. Learn more about the work of Richard Louv and his advocacy for children and nature.
4:00 – 8:00 pm Around 4/4:30 pm we come inside and I begin cooking dinner. While dinner is cooking and the girls play in the playroom or watch another show, I am doing any housework that needs to be done before my husband gets home from work.
Dinner is at 5:30 pm (sometimes 6/6:30 if it’s been a rough day lol). One thing I wanted to do once I had a family of my own was to eat dinner together at the table. This is something my family never really did growing up and I am so glad we make it a priority to eat together and connect.
While I clean up after dinner, the girls spend time playing with their dad. The dogs go out and are fed again (I swear having dogs are like having extra children that never grow up to be self-sufficient, grr).
The bedtime routine is around 7 pm and the girls are usually asleep by 8:30 pm if I am lucky. Since I am pretty flexible with our oldest at bedtime (she sleeps when she is sleepy), she usually has a toy or book in the bed she quietly plays with until she falls asleep.
8:00 – 10:00 pm As you can see, most of my day and life as a homemaker is dedicated to managing the daily operations of the home, homeschooling and tending to the girls, caring for our two dogs, and setting aside a few hours throughout the day for myself.
But what about my husband? After the girls are in bed, this is usually the time he and I get to spend together. For the past two years, this was rare because he was completing his MBA in Business Administration. With him working a full-time job during the day, I understood the sacrifice that had to be made.
Now that he is finished, we spend this time watching movies, playing an occasional video game, enjoying those marital perks if you know what I mean, and sometimes we just do our own thing while being in the same room.
Around 10 pm, I am ready to get in bed and rest for a new beginning the next morning.
Well, I hope this was enjoyable and gave you just a little peek into my life as a full time homemaker. I look forward to returning to some of our normal activities post-pandemic.
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Are you a full time homemaker? What does your typical day look like?
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