Someone in one of my Facebook groups asked a question last night that really resonated with me. He said that he was brought up without any routines and now his family’s house was in chaos. He wanted to know how to start adding new habits and routines to his life.
I have also struggled with this, in my own life. While I still struggle in a lot of areas, this is one of the biggest steps that I’ve taken that have turned my day completely around. If you are struggling with a chaotic life, try it. You will be amazed at how quickly things will start to change.
Stage Your Mornings
Do you wake up in the morning to rushing around and madly trying to get out the door? Or, maybe you dread the mornings and sleep as long as possible because you are overwhelmed? I’ve faced both of those situations. I can tell you with confidence that staging your morning can go a long way to avoiding these scenes. This is commonly referred to as a before-bed-routine. It doesn’t have to be complex.
My routine is super easy. I pick out my clothes for the morning, set up my coffee pot, and fill my son’s cup with almond milk. I also set out my son’s clothes. He’s four, so that is still viable. If your kids are older, you might want to ask them to pick theirs out. I also keep my purse and my son’s backpack by the front door.
We eat pretty much the same thing every morning, multi-grain waffles with peanut butter or toasted bagels with cream cheese on one side and butter on the other. Coffee for me and almond milk for my boy. As soon as we wake up, around 7-7:30, we go downstairs and I turn on the coffee maker and hand my son his milk. I pop our waffles (or bagels) in the oven.
After we eat, I go take a shower while my boy watches a cartoon. When I get out, we both get dressed in the clothes that are waiting for us. I have my old stand by makeup sitting out on my bathroom counter. If I want to get fancy, I can, but if I want to stay on automatic, it is all set out for me. Then, we just head for the door.
Since I started staging my mornings like this, I’ve seen a dramatic change. It is so much more peaceful, I still feel a little anxiety leaving the house because it seems like it was too easy. I get my boy to school with time to spare and I face my day feeling serene and empowered. This won’t change your whole life overnight, but it will change your mornings. You will start off on the right foot and that can change your day for the better. You string a bunch of those kinds of days together and you have a life that is much more enjoyable.
If you are interested in taking this to the next level, check out the 14 day online course Make Over Your Mornings. It was created by Crystal Paine, the Money Saving Mom. It is a wonderful resource for those of us who might need a little more accountability in getting our mornings in order.