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How you start your day has a huge impact on the rest of your day. Especially as a stay at home mom, it is easy to feel like what you do with your morning doesn’t matter because you are just staying home, right?
But the truth is what you do with your day and the people (even those little ones) that you influence is super important.
So getting intentional with your mornings is the first step to being a productive stay at home mom.
You may be wondering what you are supposed to do though. I hear people say they get up at a 4 in the morning like it’s a badge of honor, but what use is getting up at 4 in the morning if they aren’t doing anything beneficial.
The time you get up isn’t as important as what you are doing with your time.
While waking up before my kids is super important and that does dictate what time I get up, even if there is a day when I don’t wake up before them, I still do my best to be intentional with my morning in order to have a good start to my day.
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How to Have a Productive Morning:
1. Get yourself ready as soon as possible in the mornings.
Staying in leggings, a t-shirt, and a ponytail is super tempting as a stay at home mom, but it is also detreimental.
When you get dressed each day, you are signaling to yourself, your family, and the rest of the world that you are ready for the day and whatever comes up.
You are prepared to handle unexpected situations. Someone needs a ride, you need to run an errand, your neighbor stops by… If you are dressed and ready, you don’t have to worry about what you are wearing of if your hair is done.
Beleive me, I know that it can feel like you don’t have enough time to get ready in the mornings. That’s why it’s important to get up before your kids and simplify your morning routine.
You can still look put together without a bunch of time or effort.
A few ways I’ve simplified my morning beauty routine are:
- Washing my hair every 3 days and using dry shampoo inbetween. Batiste (affiliate link) is my current favorite.
- Limiting the amount of makeup I keep out to just the basic every day wear.
- Following a simple makeup routine of concealer, powder, blush, mascara, and brow pencil.
- Having a basic wardrobe with only peices that I love and are easy to mix and match.
2. Eat breakfast at the start of the day.
It’s easy to skimp on breakfast or just drink a cup of coffee, but treat your body well and fuel it up with a real breakfast.
No, a cup of coffee doesn’t count. Neither does a piece of chocolate. 🙂 Eat a real breakfast!
This will give you the fuel you need to start your day and accomplish the many tasks that lie ahead.
We keep breakfast super simple so that mornings are easy. Usually we rotate between something store bought like cereal, oatmeal, or toast and something I make ahead of time and freeze like muffins, pancakes, or a new recipe I found. Then we have a yogurt or fruit to go with it.
3. Clean up the kitchen each morning.
Part of my evening routine is making sure the kitchen is cleaned up after supper. That way getting breakfast served is much easier.
However, I don’t stop there. Having a mostly clean kitchen throughout the day is really helpful too. A lot happens in the kitchen throughout the day. If there are dirty dishes and food left out from breakfast, doing things in the kitchen is difficult.
Do yourself a favor and take the 3 extra minutes that it takes to put the food away, wipe down the table and high chair, and put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher after breakfast.
This will save you time later and you won’t have a dirty kitchen weighing on you throughout the day. When it’s snack time, lunch time, or you need the kitchen counter to do a craft with your kids, it’s clean and ready!
4. Do one household chore.
Completing a homemaking task in the morning does two things. First, you start the momentum by knocking over one domino. After you have accomplished that one thing, it’s easier to keep moving and accomplishing something else. Versus waking up and scrolling your phone or watching TV.
Second, it gets a not so fun household chore out of the way. It’s done. You no longer have to stress about when you will do it.
Try doing that one chore first thing or early on in the morning. That way you get it over with and it’s not weighing over you all day.
Choose one thing that works for you. Maybe it one of your weekly chores and it will change from day to day ot maybe it is a daily chore.
I personally, like to throw in a load of laundry as soon as possible each morning. This keeps laundry mountain from piling up and it is one less thing to worry about later in the day.
Most chores don’t take as long to do as we think. We just have to start.
5. Intentionally show love to your family in the morning.
Instead of rushing your kids through breakfast and getting them dressed for the day, make those moments count.
I used to simply go through the motions and get through the every day tasks, but then it finally occuried to me that those were precious moments that I could intentioanlly make connections with my kids and it wasn’t that complicated nor did it take a bunch of time.
For example, my kids love breakfast time because we read a short Bible story. It’s usually from my son’s AWANA book or Sunday School papers. The stories are short and don’t take any more time. In fact, reading to them actually focuses them and they eat better. It’s a great way to start the day with my kids!
Your family is more important than clean clothes and clean kitchens. So make sure you spend some time letting them know that by intentionally making genuine connections with them each morning.
Another great time to make count is when you are getting your kids dressed. Talk to them. Sing a song with them. Count their fingers and toes. Just be silly with them.
I haven’t always included these habits in my morning, but now that I do, it makes such a difference in my entire day and my family. These habits are actually pretty basic and simple, but in order to get them accomplished I have to be intentional each morning.
Your morning as a stay at home mom doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective. You just need to be intentional!
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