I have a routine of 4 things that I do every morning and it makes a huge difference in my day. I wanted to share it with you because you can essentially get ready faster and make over your mornings by doing these things.
The kids sleep until around 7:00, because that is when the kids are allowed to come out of bed, so our day starts then. When I get up, I really follow the same routine every day. Oh! The first thing that I do? Hug our kids & tell them “Good morning! I missed you while you were sleeping!” (yes… I say this to each child, every morning. I want them to know that I am EXCITED to see them. It will make your kids so happy and will start you off on the right foot!
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OK- now onto the actual “routines” that make up my morning…
1. Make my bed.
As soon as I get up, I make the bed. I can’t have the bed unmade all day because it just sort of sets the tone. If it is made, I feel put together and kind of like I am getting a head-start on my day. If my husband is still asleep (that’s rare) when I wake up, he will make it when he gets up. We usually wake up at the same time.
Ps- have you seen our murphy bed in the guest-room?
2. Drink a glass of water.
I was never a water drinker. I certainly don’t drink enough water now (I am a diet coke & sparkling water type of girl… I know, I know… not a good thing). However- a glass of water in the morning is something that I have started doing, just because it seems to give you an energy boost.
3. Clean the bathroom.
As soon as I get up and am dressed, I head into the bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face. It is after this that I clean the bathroom. I quickly take anything off of the countertop that shouldn’t be there (like the Minnie Mouse Cheerleader that was there this morning) and I take a Clorox wipe and just wipe the vanity down. I take another wipe and clean the toilet handle and seat. It takes about 3 minutes and looks so much better. I feel like it is clean & I can move on with my day.
4- Empty the dishwasher.
I have to empty the dishwasher first thing in the morning (the kids actually do this as part of their chores, but I help). The reason? If the dishwasher is full, then we put our dirty dishes in the sink. If the sink is full, then the dirty dishes go onto the countertop. Do you see where this is going? I can not stand things on my countertops, so I have to do the dishwasher first thing every morning (I run it at night, while we are asleep).
I love to have clear countertops: This picture (below) was taken last year. Now the bottles and bottle warmer are passed onto another mom, leaving these places empty again.
Think how easy it is to wipe down my counters and to prepare meals? 🙂
On this side of the kitchen, I keep my little snack containers, my Kitchenaid (sometimes – it usually goes under the kitchen countertop in a cabinet) and my cotton ball reward jar.
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PS- I recommend Make Over Your Mornings for more tips. I found it through my friend, Rachel and it is great. She does a lot of the same things that I do in the mornings… too much to mention here, but a really great routine (and they really do make a difference in your stress & joy levels). It just kind of eliminates the stress & rush of the mornings. The 14 day course is called Make Over Your Mornings . PS- GET YOUR FIRST DAY FOR FREE WHEN YOU CLICK HERE!! 🙂 YAY!