Does this ever happen to you? You roll out of bed and walk into the kitchen and within a matter of moments all of your children descend upon you asking questions like this:
“What’s for breakfast?”
“What are we doing today?”
“Have you seen the cat?”
“Do you know where my coon skin cap is?”
“Do we have to do school again today?”
“Where are the pencils?”
All that before you have even had a moment to grab a cup of coffee and remember what day of the week it is!
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Getting the morning off to a great start usually starts the night before, and here’s the thing, morning and evening routines don’t need to be elaborate and complicated to be effective.
Most of the time our days are so busy, that by the time bedtime rolls around, all I want to do is go to bed! I don’t really want to spend a bunch of time thinking about the next day.
However, it’s always, and I mean always worth my time. There are a few habits that have made my life easier and will make your life considerably easier too. I’m all for making life easier!
I even made a handy-dandy printable that you can print off and hang on your fridge or in your bathroom or where ever you will best benefit from a visual reminder.
1. Get up early – before your kids!
2. Prayer time/Exercise time – both are so important for so many reasons
3. Throw in a load of laundry
5. Empty the dishwasher – This has now become one of my daughters jobs to do right when she comes down in the morning. My other daughter does it in the afternoon after we run the dishwasher after lunch. This is a huge help for me and the entire family.
One act I would add to the morning routine is make your bed. Provided everyone is out of the bed of course! For me making the bed each day makes my house feel less messy. Therefore that just makes me feel better and more accomplished for the rest of the day. That may seem odd, but that’s how I feel. This isn’t a make it or break it for your morning routine, I just know it helps me.
1. Tidy up Kitchen (run the dishwasher/do dishes) see above! – it drives me crazy to wake up to a messy kitchen and often puts me in a bad mood right away if I let it. I’m working on the teenagers/tweens cleaning up their late night snacks better too.
2. Tidy up main living area – see above, I like to start the day with a relatively clean slate, at least as far as the house goes.
3. Check planner and to do list
4. Lay out school materials for next day – have something your kids can get started on without you.
5. Lay out clothes (either workout clothes for morning or clothes for the day – kids too) – this may seem like overkill but it’s one less thing you have to think about in the morning!
Ready to start today getting some good routines going?
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