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Do you have a difficult time each morning getting yourself up and ready to tackle the day? If so, you need the perfect morning routine.
I know I am definitely not a morning person in any way shape or form! And the truth is that’s okay. But I still have to function to get everyone up and ready for each day.
Although I have tried several different morning routines over the years only one has seemed to work for me and still be flexible enough for normal life happenings. It was not until I had my second child that I finally figured out what truly worked for me and my family without driving us all crazy.
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1. Get Up and Get Myself Dressed First
My children have always been early risers but that doesn’t exactly work that well for me and my dark circles. So, on school days, I don’t wake up until 7 a.m. This gives me just enough sleep to function as a human. (haha)
Once I roll myself out of bed, I get dressed and make myself look presentable. Now you can definitely stay in your pajamas if you are going to be home all day, but I have found over many years of being a stay at home mom, that I get a whole lot more done and feel more productive if I get myself dressed and ready first thing in the morning.
Generally, I will just throw on jeans or leggings and a comfy T-shirt (that actually matches lol). I don’t go overboard. But these little things really do make me feel good in the morning.
As far as the weekend, I usually will follow the same routine but a little more relaxed.
2. Get Kids Up, Dressed, and Fed Breakfast
Usually, I only take about 15 minutes to get myself all ready and then I release the minions from their rooms. Most mornings I already have my kids’ clothes laid out for them before they leave their rooms. Since my daughter has to get ready to catch the bus during the week, I make sure to get her out of her room and dressed quickly so she won’t get distracted. I also get my toddler dressed and ready for the day as well.
Both of my kids usually like to eat yogurt, muffins, or fruit for breakfast every morning without fail, so as soon as they are dressed I fix their breakfast and serve them quickly.
After breakfast is over, my daughter goes to the front window to watch for her bus to school, and sometimes I will join her in watching while my toddler finishes eating breakfast.
3. Start Essential Oils Diffuser
Once Aubrey is on the bus, I start up my essential oil diffuser that is in our kitchen. I love adding a few drops of grapefruit because its scent helps to lift my mood.
4. Unload Dishwasher
There is nothing like having a clean sink every morning.
I cannot tell you enough how much of a difference it makes to my morning. By loading the dishwasher every night, I am always set up for a clean sink and clean dishes every morning.
When I am cleaning up my kids’ breakfast dishes, I start unloading the dishwasher so that I have room to load the dirty breakfast dishes. And by the end of the day, the dishwasher is usually full and I start the cycle all over again.
5. Make My Bed
It is a proven fact that if you make your bed every morning, your room will feel much cleaner.
Much like having the sink clean in the kitchen, your bed is what ties your bedroom together as a whole. This is one task that I try to do every morning to help me feel ready for the day. I find that I am more likely to fold laundry and keep things picked up and clean if I have my bed made.
6. Start a Load of Laundry or Shuffle Laundry
Laundry is always something that needs to be done in our house.
Because of this, I try to complete a load of laundry every morning to keep the laundry train going. If I already have something in the washer or dryer, I just move everything over or “shuffle” the laundry. This helps me keep on track.
7. Mommy Eats Breakfast
Okay, it may sound crazy that I wait until all of this is done to finally make myself something to eat for breakfast, but I promise I have a reason for this. I used to eat at the same time as my kids but I found myself never being able to really finish my breakfast.
Between the kids asking for more of this or needing me to help them open this or that. And even breaking up arguments was a daily occurrence at the table.
I later found that by waiting until my kids had eaten and gone off to play, I was able to sit in peace and eat my breakfast without anyone calling me constantly. It really means a lot for me to have these few minutes to myself and have the chance to eat with little interruption.
8. Look Over Calendar and Write My To-Do List
If you are a stay at home mom you know just as well as I do that you still have plenty on your calendar to keep up with. For my family, I have doctor’s appointments almost weekly and as a mommy blogger, I also have my blog posts mapped out to keep me on schedule.
After looking over my calendar and planning my day, I get a general to-do list written up to keep me on track and get all of the tasks that I want to get done that day.
Finally, after all of these steps are taken, I feel like I can tackle my day. With this routine, I have also learned to be much more patient with my family, while also getting every task that I need to be completed.
What’s Your Daily Morning Routine?
Of course, you can change up this routine to fit your family and your lifestyle. That is one reason that I love this type of relaxed routine. I feel motivated and completely ready each morning without feeling grouchy and exhausted.
Do you have a morning routine similar to this? Or is your morning routine completely different? Tell me below!