Good Morning! A productive morning routine is key to starting the day off right. Whether you take 30 minutes before the kids get out of bed, or start just as they leave for school, getting the house in order should be the first thing you do every day.
Today I’d like to give you a sneak peak at my morning routine. Doing this leaves my mind clear for the rest of the day to focus on more creative projects.
Make the beds (5 min). As soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, I’m making the beds. If I don’t, I’ll know in the back of my mind that my second floor area is a mess and I won’t be able to relax and concentrate on other projects. Making the beds takes less than five minutes and makes a huge difference in the rest of my day.
Straighten the Bathrooms (3 min). Once everyone leaves for school and work, I do a quick walk-through the bathrooms. Any brushes, hair straighteners, toothpaste, and towels left on the counters get placed back where they belong. Should my kids be doing this? In an ideal world, of course. They’re actually all very neat and i’m lucky they don’t leave a lot laying around. When five people live under one roof, it’s bound to happen.
Clean off the Kitchen Counters (5 min.) My kitchen is open to the rest of the house, so any mess is in plain sight. The mail, the homework papers from the day before, the groceries, all have to go every day!
Empty the Dishwasher & Sink (5 min). I never go to bed with dishes in the sink, but that does mean that the dishwasher needs to be emptied in the morning. Emptying the dishwasher means I can keep the sink clean until dinner time.
Start the Laundry (2 min). Keeping up on laundry every other day is important with a family of five. I always wait until I can run a full wash load before starting the washing machine though – to save myself time and to save on energy costs.
Start Dinner (10 min). You might be thinking… “Dinner at 8:30 in the morning?” Definitely! On days that I know I’m going to be working mostly from home, I always try to start a one-pot meal that can simmer all day long. Not only does that mean I don’t have to think about dinner at the end of the day when I’m exhausted and running kids around to sports, but those types of dinners usually are the most tasty. This morning I started homemade chicken soup that needs to simmer on the stove for at least 8 hours. Later this week, I’ll share two of my favorite soup recipes that only take 10 minutes to prepare.
Total Cleaning Time: 30 Minutes
Now I can start my day with a clear head. The house is organized, dinner is cooking itself, and I can get to work on my creative projects!
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