I’m about to give you 5 steps to a better organized morning routine. I’ll tell you what works for me, and then of course I’d love to hear what works for you and we can just help each other out that way.
I all too fully understand how easy it is for our mornings to get crazy. Moms are busy and our kids can be unpredictable. Although I’m not much of a schedule-keeper, I definitely think having some form of morning routine can help to alleviate the crazies that morning-time can bring us when we’re unprepared to meet a new day with renewed energy and purpose.
Most moms (I’m including myself here) have been at some point sleep-deprived, lacking energy, and lacking motivation. If you wake up each morning with the daunting task list ahead, you might feel overwhelmed- and be tempted to not even give it a shot.
“What’s the point of a morning routine?” you might say to yourself. I admit, it seems useless to continue cleaning and organizing when it just seems to get messy all over again with little effort.
But my blog is here to serve you, to help you be a better you, and to be the mom you really want to be. If you didn’t care at all about how things happen in your home, then you wouldn’t be reading this blog. So I know I’ve got the right reader: you.
That said, let’s launch into some ways to make your morning routine run more smoothly.
Morning Routine Tips for Homeschool Moms
Make up your bed each morning.
Believe it or not, this small effort of pulling back your sheets and smoothing out your covers and bedspread each morning deliberately put you in a mood to tackle the rest of your day. You’ve just invited purpose into your daily routine (plus made your bedroom look a lot neater). Since your bed is generally the central focus of your bedroom, you have an instant room makeover.
And what better way to teach our kids to make their own beds? Yep- we’ve gotta lead the way.
Spend a few minutes alone to meditate or pray.
Before the kids get up each morning, develop a habit of prayer and meditation. You wouldn’t believe the wonders it does for you to get your mind free of worries carried over from the night before.
I always like to remind myself while praying that God’s mercies are new every morning. Meditate on your favorite verse, listen to inspirational music, journal, pray for strength ahead in your day, and ask for help in raising your children and managing your day.
Put in a load of laundry first thing.
By this time, if your kids are already up, they can help you with this one. Have everyone grab the dirty laundry from various bathrooms and bedrooms throughout the house and begin your first load of laundry. Don’t take too long on this one or you’ll wear yourself out before breakfast! (Coming from someone with just a little experience.) Make it a quick ordeal- maybe 10 minutes tops. It should be a quick gather, sort, and throw in the wash kind of deal.
Prep for other meals during breakfast time.
If you do quick breakfasts, then you can easily set out what your family eats for breakfast and take some extra time to prep lunch. Go ahead and plan out the fruit or veggies and dip, sandwiches or drinks you and your kids will eat for lunch while setting out the cereal and milk.
If you have even extra time on your hands, you could also begin prepping for the day’s dinner meal. Crockpot cooking is a great way to go for this. (Here’s one of my favorite crockpot dinner recipes: crockpot lasagna– quick and easy. ) After you’ve finished putting out breakfast and planning lunches, you can start up a crockpot meal to begin slow-cooking so that by the evening, dinner is served. I don’t always do this, but on the days I add in the crockpot meal, my time in the kitchen is reduced by at least 50%. One reason is because it’s easier to clean up.
Which leads me to my next point…
Clean up directly after breakfast.
One of the beauties of getting breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepped and out of the way first thing in the morning is that you won’t need to enter the kitchen again- really- except to serve light snacks- AND – because it’s so much easier to clean it all at once. You know how it is with heavy duty cooking and serving.
If you’re constantly in and out of the kitchen three times for major meals and several times during the day for lighter meals, your kitchen foot traffic increases and you just have so much more to clean up at the end of the day. You could make it easier on yourself and keep kitchen traffic to a minimum this way.
Right after breakfast (and any other prepping), go ahead and load the dishwasher, wipe down the counters and stove, then sweep the floor, and lastly, mop.
These are just a few of my tips that keep me organized in the home.
What are some of your tips for organizing your morning routine?