I am a morning person. Consequently, I try to do WAY too much in the morning (mostly because at night I am so exhausted I don’t want to do anything.) And while I definitely can get A LOT done before I am out the door at 8:42, I have a discovered a few tips for making our mornings go a lot smoother. None of these are rocket science, but sometimes it helps to
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1. Get up earlier than the kids: This is key. Mornings that I am up by 5:30 and showered by 6:30 go SO much better than the mornings I am running to shower after Elias is awake.
2. Prep lunches/bottles on Mondays/the night before: On Monday mornings, we prep lunches as much as possible (Elias doesn’t like sandwiches, so we put turkey in individual bags, etc.). This makes packing Elias’s lunch go very fast. Likewise, make bottles the night before. Since I am pumping, every night I bring home bottles of milk. Days that I spend 5 extra minutes and get the pumped milk put into Adeline’s bottles make mornings easier. I then don’t have to make the bottles + wash the bottles for pumping, etc.
3. Establish a routine: Kids thrive with a routine. Elias knows to expect to get dressed when he wakes up, then cereal and a PBS show, then teeth and hair brushed, shoes on, pick up toys, etc. Routine prevents meltdowns most mornings.
4. Do as many of the dishes as you can at night: I have been known to let a clean dishwasher sit for a day. This is not helpful. Get this dishwasher emptied and filled right away so you aren’t dealing with extra dishes in the morning. (I did NOT follow this advice today!)
5. Meal plan: On Sundays I write our menu for the week. This makes things easy during the week – I just have to look what is written down for the day. In the morning I am able to pull what is needed from the freezer, ask Matthew to help during the day (if needed, since he works from home), etc. I am a big fan of the crock pot during the week, so at least twice a week mornings involve getting something going in there.
6. Ask for help: You don’t have to do it all yourself! I know my husband is NOT a mind reader and that if I say, hey can you get the baby changed or whatever, he will. I need to ask him to do the dishwasher more. Also, asking Elias to help pick up his toys keeps me from running around like a tornado before I dash out the door.
7. Leave the house with the wash machine empty. I used to try to have a load of wash going when I left the house, and another in the dryer. Then I would come home, be exhausted and forget about it all. That only leads to smelly wash. So now I leave with the wash machine empty. I find that when I toss the laundry in at night, I can transfer it to the dryer before bed and it gets folded in the morning. And if it sits there a day, it won’t smell.
8. Plan blog posts ahead of time: On a good week, I write most/all of my blog content on the weekends. That way, I am not scrambling in the morning during the week. At the bare minimum, I have titles and drafts slated. This enables me to almost always have fresh content for you!
9. Be flexible: Some mornings are going to be more hectic and messy. Try to roll with it. (I’m talking to me as much as you!) Yesterday was one of those days for me. I called Matthew on the way to work and he said, “Baby, have a good day! Don’t let this morning mess up the rest of your day.” I needed that reminder. Every day doesn’t start perfect and that is okay. That’s life.
10. Last, and most importantly, pray. Thank God for the day and ask for His tender mercies, which are new every morning.
What would you add to this list?