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Simple Minimalist Morning Routine

Today I am sharing my simple minimalist morning routine.  You can watch the full video below or scroll down to read on.

Simple Minimalist Morning Routine

First Steps

I always start my day by making my bed.  The first thing I do after my feet hit the floor is turn around and pull up the covers.  I know if I don’t make my bed immediately I will never come back to make it.  My next step is to open the curtains and let some light into the room.

Natural light is a great way to help yourself wake up.

Breakfast

Once I am up and moving I head into the kitchen and make my boys breakfast.  As I am making breakfast I try to drink a lot of water.  If I don’t drink water in the morning I end up forgetting to drink throughout the day.  I personally eat the same thing every morning and there is a reason for this.  By eating the same thing every morning I am simplifying one more thing in my life.  I don’t have to get up and wonder, what am I going to eat today.  Some people might say this is boring, but if you find something healthy that you like, why not try eating it everyday.  It really does simplify my mornings.  I eat a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and almond milk plus a cup of coffee.

When I am eating breakfast I like to relax and read a book or watch YouTube.  Lately I am trying to read my current book each morning.  I have found 10 minutes of reading really helps me feel like I am getting some time to myself.

After breakfast I get dressed and we walk my son to kindergarten.  I love that we get to walk because a walk in the morning really helps me clear my mind and get some fresh air.

Back Home

Once we are back home is when the work begins.  Yes being a stay at home mom is a lot of work, but since becoming more minimalist it is a lot easier.  I start with the dishes that are left over from breakfast and also anything that was left out drying from the night before.  This takes about 5 to 10 minutes to clean all the dishes.  I choose to clean them by hand because I find it way quicker than a dishwasher.

From there I move onto the rest of our house.  I always grab a basket and go room to room picking up anything that doesn’t belong.  Again since becoming minimalist we don’t usually have a lot of things out of place.  Once everything is gathered up I go and put the items in their proper places throughout the house.  Normally most of the items are from my kids.  When I am in their room I quickly make the beds and pick up toys.  This normally takes another 10 minutes.

One way I have simplified their beds is I don’t use a top sheet for them.  All I have to do is pull up their blanket and throw the pillow on the bed. So EASY!

I have also stored all of their toys in bins which really simplifies the clean up process.  Just pick the items up and toss them in the bin.

Usually this entire morning routine is finished by 9:00AM.  If I decide to forgo my reading time I can have the whole routine done before we leave for school.

Habits

I have implemented several habits since becoming minimalist.  These simple habits make tidying very easy.  I assigned every item in my home a location.  Before we became minimalist and did a ton of decluttering, there were always a few items that floated around.  Once everything has a place it is very easy to tidy because you don’t have to think about where something should go.

Pick up as you go through the day.  This habit seems obvious, but it is so easy to put a few items away before you leave a room instead of returning to a mess later on.  Wash the dishes as soon as you are done eating.  Washing a few items usually takes me about 2 to 5 minutes, but waiting to wash everything at the end of the day takes 30 plus minutes.  By the end of the day everything is crusted on and takes way longer to clean.  When you walk by your clean kitchen you will be so happy the dishes are all done and ready for the next meal.

Making the bed every morning starts my day off on the right foot.  I feel like I can say, yes I did one thing and the day hasn’t even really started yet!  Also doing one simple task at the very beginning of the day lets your mind know that you accomplished one thing on your list.  It gets the ball rolling.  I personally make my bed immediately, I know some people say let your bed “air out”, well not this girl. (Ain’t nobody got time for that).  I make the bed and get moving with the rest of my day.

This is what my simple minimalist morning routine looks like.  What does your morning routine look like?

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