A morning routine is a powerful way to start the day. When you are intentional about the way you spend your mornings, it often has a domino effect on the rest of your day.
It took me a little while to figure this out. Before following my simple morning routine, I struggled being productive in the mornings.
When I became a stay at home mom I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with myself and I was usually so tired from getting up with the baby during the night that I was unmotivated to do anything.
Most mornings I stayed in my pajamas until mid morning or even noon and didn’t accomplish much of anything other than drinking a cup of coffee and taking care of my son.
I felt miserable and unproductive, but I also didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing.
Then I discovered How Jen Does It on YouTube. She was a stay at home mom to two boys who are now grown, but she shares all kinds of great tips for moms with little ones.
One month she issued a challenge to stick to a morning routine for an entire month. I had already joined her evening routine challenge and had great results, so I decided to follow a simple morning routine for a month as well.
At first I made it a little too complicated, but with time I learned that simple is best and easier to stick with for the long term.
Now that my kids are both mostly sleeping through the night (thanks to Babywise), my morning routine has two parts to it: before the kids wake up and after the kids wake up.
I’ve found that I’m a much happier mom when I get up before my kids, so I do as much as possible.
Morning Routine for Moms
Morning Routine Before Kids Get Up:
1. Quiet time.
This is when I like to have some time to collect my thoughts. I’ll read my Bible and pray while drinking a hot cup of coffee.
2. Get myself ready.
Take a shower. Put on real clothes. Real clothes is key because I feel more productive than when I wear sweats and t-shirts.
Put on a quick 5 minute face of makeup: under eye concealer, BB cream, blush, mascara, and fill in eyebrows. I’ve learned that putting a least a little effort into my make up and hair makes me feel SO much better about myself than if I don’t do anything.
3. Throw a load of laundry in the washing machine.
I love doing one load of laundry a day vs. an entire day dedicated to laundry day. You can see my detailed laundry routine for more information.
Morning Routine After Kids Get Up:
4. Greet kids.
I love greeting my kids when they wake up and having a little snuggle time. They love it too! And since I’ve already had some time to myself, I’m much more prepared to greet them.
5. Eat breakfast together.
We usually keep it pretty simple with toast, oatmeal, yogurt and berries, or make ahead muffins. That way we can eat right away and there isn’t much to clean up afterwards.
I eat breakfast with my kids and read them a book. In the past I would eat breakfast before they got up, but I’ve found that eating with them is a great way to start our day together. That way they are given some extra attention and less clingy later in the day.
6. Get the kids washed up and dressed.
It doesn’t take long because we give baths at night before bed.
7. Clean up the kitchen from breakfast.
This is when I also put away the clean dishes that I let air dry the night before. Since I gave the kids a good amount of attention already, they are usually content to play by themselves as I clean up.
8. At this point the laundry is ready to be transferred to the dryer.
So there you have it! That’s a simple but very productive morning routine. It really sets the tone for the rest of the day.
This example morning routine is what works for me, but you may need to create something different. Use the free printable to get started on your own morning routine.
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