I know that I preach “routine” here a lot and that it may be getting a bit much…is it? I just think it’s the best way to try and avoid unnecessary stresses. Trust me, when the school year first started I felt like every morning I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.
But through trial and error, I have found a routine that really works for me, and my family. It allows me to stay on top of my game as much as possible.
Even though I’m calling this my morning routine, it really starts the night before. Taking a little time getting things in order makes a huge difference when morning time comes around. Before Mackenzie goes to bed, she and I will pick out her outfit that way she can get dressed all by herself. Once she’s asleep I get everything else in order. I’ll pack up our lunches and make sure everything is ready for breakfast/coffee. I make sure to reset the house and throw a load of laundry in the wash. Then I’ll figure out my plans for the following day and decide on an outfit. Lastly, I will make a list of things that need to get done the next day.
My alarm is set for 6:00 which (sometimes) allows me to wake before Mackenzie. The first thing I do is switch on the coffee maker for James. I have stopped drinking coffee for the time being so I stick to water. Next, I’ll make our bed. There’s something about a made bed that lets my body and mind know that it’s time to get going. About this time, Kenzie has popped into the room and will start getting her bed made as well.
One of my favorite things about picking out our outfits the night before, is that no clothing decisions need to be made. I throw on what I laid out and move onto the next. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Breakfast isn’t a time I get creative in the kitchen (especially on weekdays). We pretty much stick to the basics of cereal, smoothies, and parfaits. Enough to fuel us for our days.
If I have time, I will put on some make up and style my hair. But at the bare minimum I wash and moisturize as well as put on some concealer and mascara. It just helps me feel put together and have a more productive day.
The last part of my routine really sets the tone for the day. I will take a look at that list I made the night before and prioritize. I will also write in my “5 Minute Journal”. I write down things I am thankful for and what I can do to make the day great. It’s so important to start the day with a positive mindset because it sets the tone for the rest of my day.
Before we head out, I grab the meals I prepped and anything else I will need. We are out the door by 7:45 and ready for the day!
It’s all about prep for us. If things are planned and ready to go, our mornings are a breeze. Not every day is easy and we occasionally have tears about hairstyles but our morning routine has helped us immensely in curbing the chaos.
I’m sure it will continue to change and grow over time but this is what’s working for us and I’m sticking with it!
I’d love to hear what your morning routine looks like!