Today I am sharing my simple morning routine as a mom to little kids. Plus 5 simple morning routine tips I find helpful!
If it was up to me I would sleep in, get a massage, and someone would make breakfast for me. This is my fantasy life LOL!
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Starting My Day
My typical day starts around 6am. I currently have a 5 year old and a 2 year old and they prefer to wake up at 5 am. They have always been early risers. This means I am going on 5 years of not sleeping in. A while back I tried an experiment where I woke up at 5am, you can read about it here. Waking up at 5am was great! The only drawback was my kids started waking up at 5am. I was getting up early so I could get work done. Long story short, it wasn’t working.
I roll out of bed and I make the bed. Making the bed is number one on my list. This is the first thing I do and I won’t leave the room until it is made. Making the bed is really important to me because it sets the tone for my entire day. Starting the day with an easy accomplishment is such a great way to get the ball rolling.
My kids are very resourceful. Most mornings I come downstairs and they have already found food to eat. Usually it is a roll of crackers! On the couch!
If I have anything I am going to actually do outside of my house then I will do my makeup. I have a super simple makeup routine that takes about 10 minutes or less. Usually my boys are in and out of my bathroom while I am doing my makeup. They are interested in everything! I wear a pretty simple mom uniform of a t-shirt and jeans. I also have a capsule wardrobe so it is really easy and quick to pick out an outfit. The less time I spend on unimportant decisions the better.
Before heading downstairs I like to make sure everything upstairs is put away. I pick up any clothes and get them ready for a load of laundry. I have found doing at least one load of laundry a day really helps me stay on top of the clothes. The boy’s room is a simple tidy now that we are more minimalist with toys. We don’t have that many toys to organize so all we have to do is make the beds. The kids usually like to help make the beds and clean up anything that is out of place. If they aren’t already dressed, this is when that happens. I have all their clothes in drawers that they can easily get in and out of. This encourages them to be more independent and the more they can do the less I have to do.
I make the kids breakfast if Grant hasn’t done it yet. Usually Grant is making his lunch for work and he doesn’t have time for that. This is the only time of the day that my boy’s like to eat so I capitalize on that and give them everything they want. Yesterday Calvin (the 2 year old) ate avocado, toast, cereal, coconut yogurt, and a waffle! Once they are set with food and happily eating is when I eat. I eat the same thing everyday, oatmeal and coffee. Currently oatmeal is my breakfast of choice. I like it microwaved with a ton of cinnamon. Recently I cut out the sugar that I use to add to my oatmeal and I feel so much better. It took a while to adjust, but now I am use to plain oatmeal, and I even like it!
Why do I wait until my kids eat? How come I don’t eat with them? One simple reason. I can’t enjoy my food because they will ask for things the entire time! If I know they are taken care of then I can enjoy my food while it is still hot.
As I am preparing the food, I like to clean. Clean as I go is my motto. I hate having a huge cleaning job dumped in my lap! I have realized if I clean up as I am working, I won’t have a huge task at the end of the meal or day to deal with. As I make breakfast I wipe up the counters and clean dishes as the food is cooking. This is the easiest way for me to keep the kitchen and house clean and tidy. Yes it feels like I am constantly moving, but then when the meal is over I can relax rather than clean.
Ready to Leave
While I am getting everything ready for us to go to preschool I let the kids watch TV! I know so many people that say they don’t let their kids watch TV. I think educational programs can be really helpful SOMETIMES. We don’t have cable so the only shows they are watching are the ones I pick for them from Netflix or PBS Kids. This is the time I use to get Emmett’s lunch/snack ready for school and finish cleaning up the kitchen and finishing any current projects. After I make the lunch I set everything by the back door. My goal is to train my kids to remember their own things. I try to get them to carry their own water cup, lunch, jacket, and put their own shoes on. The more they do the less I have to do.
I use routines to remember things and keep myself productive. Good habits and routines help us stay organized and usually on time. This simple morning routine is accomplished in 2 hours or less. What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Simple Morning Routine Tips
- Make the bed (asap) = Yay you accomplished something right away
- Tidy the bedrooms before heading into the rest of your day
- Teach and encourage everyone to do as much as they can for themselves (husbands & kids)
- Clean as you go! ( you do not want to return to the mess)
- Put everything by the door as you get it ready. (now you can grab and go)
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Let’s high five! We made it through the morning!