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Morning Routine + a Free Printable


How to create a simple morning routine plus a free printable from Queen of the Household.

When I worked outside the home, I usually hit the snooze button 3-4 times before getting out of bed and then rushed around getting ready. With seconds to spare I would race out the front door, coffee in one hand and fumbling for my keys with the other.

It wasn’t until I became a stay at home mom that I realized the importance of a morning routine. I hope that I will continue it when I do eventually go back to work.

Jen at How Jen Does It has issued a challenge to stick to a morning routine throughout the month of October. Last month I joined her for her evening routine challenge. It helped keep me accountable.

I’m going to join her this month and hope you will too!

Use my free printable to create your morning routine!
Morning Routine Printable, Free Time Management Printable

My Morning Routine

  1. Get son out of bed.
  2. Put in a load of laundry.
  3. Prepare and eat breakfast.
  4. Clean up after breakfast.
  5. Get son bathed and dressed.
  6. Exercise.
  7. Shower.
  8. Get dressed and ready for the day.
  9. Make bed.

My son is usually right beside me during most of the routine. Of course there are diaper changes, book reading, and toy playing in between the steps of my routine, but it is still good to know what needs to be accomplished next.

Would you like to start a morning routine? It doesn’t have to be complicated.Your routine will probably look different than mine depending on what you need to get done.

How to Create a Simple Routine That Works for You:

  • Be realistic about what you are able to get done in the time you have.
  • Write down what needs to be accomplished and schedule those first.
  • Write down what you would like to accomplish and schedule those next.
  • Go in an order that is time efficient. It made the most sense to bathe and dress my son after he ate and then wipe down his changing table since I was already in his room. That way I’m not running all over the house from one thing to the next.

Life can get pretty crazy as a mom to a toddler. That’s why I created The Balanced Mom Workbook where I share how to have a clean home, supper on the table and still have time for family.

You can get your copy of the Balanced Mom Workbook plus I’ll send you emails filled with practical tips for figuring out routines that will help you get the dishes done and get ahead on the laundry. You’ll also learn my secret to 5 minute meal planning, and I’ll share how it IS possible to have a clean house with kids!

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    Great idea! I don't know if I could create a morning routine for the work week, since Kyle and Sophie are both asleep when I get up to go to work. I hope you have great success this month!

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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      Thanks, Liz! So far it has been a success! I totally understand the difficulty of not being able to do much while Kyle and Sophie are sleep. My husband goes to bed around 7 P.M. because he goes in to work super early, so I have to be really quiet in the evenings. That is when I get most of my blogging work done!

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    I'm working on creating a good morning routine. One thing that has helped me is the Make Over Your Mornings course. If you haven't heard of it you can check it out on my blog, it's on the side bar. It's great!

    I have been getting up earlier and being more productive in the mornings, I just need to get a real routine in place.

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      I have heard about that course through several bloggers. It sounds like a great idea! I think being productive in the morning really helps me feel less stressed because I don't feel the pressure of getting everything done at the last minute.

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    I have a few morning habits, but not a strict routine. I like the idea of scheduling out a routine. I think I would get less sidetracked! Thanks for linking up at Tuesday Talk. 🙂

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      Hi Emily! Yes, the routine does exactly that. It helps keep me focused, and I waste less time this way. Keeping it pretty simple has helped me stick with it.

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    Thank you for sharing this- I am the most disorganized n the morning and it's becoming apparent that I need to establish a routine. This is great inspiration!

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      Jessy, I'm so glad this was helpful. I was really slow about getting around in the mornings until I started following a routine. It has made such a difference. I hope you are able to find one that works for you!

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