A morning routine is very important to a successful day. I always want to get up early and get a few things done for the day, but it seems when I wake up my brain just isn’t working right. I can’t seem to remember exactly what I wanted to get done. So I started a morning routine. Every morning, I get up and start going down my list. I actually wrote it down so that I didn’t even have to try to remember. I like to get up early before the kids to get this done, and we are an early household, so that usually means about 5:30 I am getting up. It is important to me to get some time alone in the morning before the craziness of the day begins with the kids.
So here is the routine.
I actually just started drinking coffee. I went about 29 years without one cup. I didn’t like the bitter taste, but I just kept trying it and found that I liked it with creamer, so I started off easy with creamer. First I used a lot, but then slowly began to taper off and used less and less. One day I was at the office and we were out of creamer, so I just tried it with sugar. It turned out I like it! So I started drinking it was just sugar. When we were camping I even drank it just straight. I am working on it!
If coffee isn’t your thing, then set the water on for tea. Having that little pick-me-up in the morning is great!
Unload the dishwasher
While the coffee is brewing I start on the dishwasher. I try to load everything throughout the day and then start it before I go to bed. Sometimes it isn’t completely full, but I still run it so that I can have a clean kitchen the next morning. If you do not have a dishwasher (Bless your heart), then if you have dishes you washed the night before drying, the just put them away.
Then I load any dishes left in the sink so I can start my day with a clean kitchen. (Full disclosure, this doesn’t happen all the time).
By the time I am done with the dishes, the coffee is usually done so I pour myself a nice steaming cup (with sugar).
I take my nice piping hot coffee and bring it into the laundry room. I usually start a load in the dryer the night before, so I fold that load. Now, my family is growing and sometimes I need to do laundry twice a day, or if I have bedding or towels that need to be done. I start another load right away and keep going until I don’t have any loads left to wash. (It barely happens that I am completely caught up on laundry, but here’s to hoping).
I used to just take the load out of the washer and throw it into the basket. It would then build up and we were living out of baskets with wrinkly clothes. That had to stop. So I made it a goal last year to never take a load out of the dryer without folding it. It has been so much better! I just fold the clothes right on the dryer and when it is full the kids bring their piles up to their rooms (putting them in their dressers is another story, but we are working on it).
It is nice know I have clean laundry all the time and we don’t have to dig through a huge pile of dirty clothes to find something.
This habit has come in handy especially with sports. Right after the game I wash the jerseys, even if the next game isn’t for a week. If I don’t, it seems to creep up on me and then I am frantically searching through the kids’ rooms trying to find a dirty jersey. Sometimes I can’t find it until right before we leave and have to send them in a dirty, wrinkly, smelly jersey…not fun.
After I have my morning routine complete I sit down with a fresh cup of coffee and spend a little time with God. I have a couple different devotions I have done and I am always looking for more, so if you have a good one, let me know! It is so important to get my mind right and focus on what is important. I have found that when I start my day with God, my grace cup gets completely full. On days where I wake up late or kids get up early and I don’t get that time in, I feel on edge. Everything seems to rub me the wrong way and my temper is just sitting of the edge, just waiting for someone to come along and push it over and then I lose it.
Here are a few devotions I have done and liked.
Right now I am doing Thirty-one prayers for my Husband and Wife after God. I really like the focus it gives me on my marriage. My husband and I just celebrated our 11 year anniversary and it feels like we keep growing closer together and closer to God when we focus on the meaning and purpose of marriage. There are also options for men too! And they are on sale right now so get them quick!
Check it out for yourself here.
Another devotion that I LOVE is Jesus Calling. This is such a great devotion. Man or woman, young or old, married with children or single, this devotion can speak to you. It is just perfectly written (and you can get it at Walmart!). It is a great way to start the day.
The last one that I am working through that I have enjoyed was The Circle Maker. I feel like I had a strong prayer-life, but I was wrong. This goes into how to pray, what to pray for, and when to pray. It talks about setting goals and how to pray to reach them. I really love it!
You may want to tailor this to fit your life, but I encourage you to start a routine. It will help you become more productive and start your day off with purpose and direction. Plus, living in a clean house just makes everyone feel better! If you have any thing you think should be added, be sure to let me know!