Starting our day strong is important because if the rest of the day doesn't go as planned, you have accomplished much in these first few moments of the day. Most of the items on my list take no longer than 5-10 minutes with the exception of time with the Lord and getting dressed.
Whether you are single, married, young or old a morning routine to fit your lifestyle and day can be a help to get your day started off well and productively.
I can't tell you how your morning routine should look but will lay mine out as an example and put some links at the end for you to check out and get ideas from. Below the items are listed and after the list I will expand on each one a little more.
Rise and Shine:
-Shower and tidy bathroom while in there
-Drink 8 ounces of water
-Breakfast (did you menu plan?)
-What's for Dinner?
-Check Hot Spots (my desk, kitchen counters)
Shower and tidy bathroom - This one is truly important - showering first thing in the morning is a help and dressing from head to toe makes it easier to run a quick errand if needed or answer the door early in the morning without being embarrassed. Being a stay at home mom I know how easy it is to stay in pj's a little longer but waking up and getting ready for the day first thing helps with your attitude of your work in the home. It is work to be a stay at home mom and being prepared and dressed for the job puts you in the work mindset to get your job done. I don't get this right everyday. There are sick days and lazy Saturday mornings but the majority of my days are ready to hit the floor running days.
Tidying the bathroom daily is a quick step that leaves the bathroom in nice condition for whoever has to use it after you. This involves a quick counter wipe down, tidy and swish the toilet, hang towels and clean the mirror.
Make the bed - Pretty self explanatory. An unmade bed makes any room look messy.
Quiet Time - Time in God's Word in the morning. A time to meet and with Lord and seek His guidance for your day. This is truly the most important time in the Joy of a Morning Routine. Some of my favorite resources to use during my quiet time in addition to my Bible, are worship music, Valley of Vision book of prayers, my personal prayer journal and I have enjoyed many resources from Revive our Hearts. One sheet I keep tucked in my Bible is a sheet that contrasts the difference between proud people and broken people. It is humbling and a good reminder of the issue of pride in my life that needs to be broken down constantly.
Drink 8 ounces of water - 16 ounces would be better. Water is very cleansing in the morning and will help to flush out the toxins since your body has "essentially" been fasting overnight. A hydrating way to start your morning.
Exercise - this is an area I am continually struggling with to get a regular exercise routine in. Normally I stretch everyday (age helps you to add this one in out of necessity) but even if you could spend 5 minutes exercising it is better than nothing. Walk in place, climb your stairs, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, stretch while doing chores and cleaning house does count :)
Laundry started - I don't have a load everyday but almost everyday to get going. There are always towels and sheets to deal with too. If you keep on top of it you will never have a mountain of laundry pile to deal with.
Empty Dishwasher - If we ran it early in the evening then I will empty it before bed but that doesn't happen too often.
Breakfast - This is on the menu plan so there are no surprises as to what we are eating for breakfast. We are blessed to eat most of our meals together. I love this time of the morning together. We read from God's Word together and my husband will pray over the day.
Vitamins - Really has helped with my energy level.
Check Calendar - This one I do before bed too and again in the morning so I don't wake up to any surprises. I've woke up to forgotten appointments before and would prefer not to.
Pets - Feed, water, brush, and litter box. We have a small Yorkshire Terrier and a cat :)
Dinner - Check the menu plan to see what prep work needs to be done for dinner that evening. I check the menu plan for lunch too at that time.
Check Hot Spots - This is a Flylady term that is defined as anywhere you develop a pile of clutter. For our house it seems to be the desk in the kitchen or the kitchen counters. I have learned to attack it quickly before it gets out of control.
Email Checked - Email is the most distracting item and some mornings I have to set a timer to get on and off the computer. I have been weeding out the junk in my inbox by clicking the unsubscribe link to unnecessary emails and advertising. Using my folders in Outlook has helped to organize my email and inbox so it is not cluttered and I can find items when needed. This is the time of the day when I will catch up with our daughter in Norway, work on my Lilla Rose business,blog or Facebook.
As I am writing this post, I am on the email part of the day. The rest of the day is laid out with a list that was written the night before and checked again this morning. With the morning routine behind me, I feel ready to tackle the day - I like to leave scripture printed out around the house to be a reminder to "pray without ceasing" and to "rejoice always".
What does your morning routine look like? Please share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.
Here are some links to morning routine ideas:
Flylady Morning Routine
Inspired to Action - Helpful blog for moms and routines
Keeper of the Home
What Does a Stay at Home Mom do all Day? - favorite blog post :)
Related Posts in the Homekeeping Binder series:
The Peacefulness of an Evening Routine
Weekly Home Blessing
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