Check out the benefits of having a morning routine as a homemaker and learn how to start your own effective, morning routine for happy and productive homemaking.
If you feel like you are struggling with your mornings, and don’t feel productive with your time throughout the day as a homemaker, a morning routine may be just what you need!
Some days you might feel like you don’t start the day until 11, and by bedtime you haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list and you feel drained. I totally get it! I have had my fair share of days like this.
One of the biggest habits that helped me to turn this around and reduce the number of unproductive days (I still have plenty), was to create and STICK TO a morning routine.
I mention often that being productive and efficient as a homemaker takes a lot of effort! Its not something that just happens. As a homemaker you have to be very intentional with your time.
This is where a morning routine can come in. Mornings are one of the most important parts of your day, and making sure you start off on the right foot is essential.
My Homemaker Morning Routine
Here’s a quick snippet of what mornings look like for me as an old-fashioned homemaker:
- wake up between 5:45 – 6:15
- take a quick shower (priority)
- do hair and makeup while listening to podcasts, audio-books, scripture, etc. (priority)
- prayer (priority)
- pick up the house
- put away the dishes on the dry rack
Morning routines, like any routine in general, are subject to each person and their lifestyle. One of the most important things when creating a routine is to understand yourself and your priorities.
One morning routine for someone may not work well for another person. Before creating your morning routine take a day to just reflect on how your morning and day goes and the things that you wish were different.
I’ve mentioned in other posts that I think its important as a homemaker to wake up early. Obviously, this can play a big part in your morning routine. Again, this is completely unique to each person. Early for one person can be totally different than early for another.
If its not in you to wake up at the crack of dawn every day and you think its more hindering to you and your family than it is productive, then don’t do it!
If you have children, I think you should at least try to wake up 10-15 min before them each morning. The purpose of this is that it will help you to have a better attitude. It won’t feel like your children are waking you up from your nice slumber, but rather you’re already awake and ready for them.
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Read along to see how YOU can create a successful morning routine as a homemaker.
Prioritize Your Time
First things first, you need to understand what your top priorities are for your mornings. What are the things that you absolutely want to get done?
These are the things that you want to knock out first. I suggest having one or two priorities that are personal and one or two priorities that are related to housekeeping.
Housekeeping priorities can include things like making the bed, unloading the dishwasher, 10 minute TIDY-UP, starting a load of laundry, etc. Personal priorities may include a workout, prayer, journal time, etc.
Priorities are something you have to decide for yourself! Think about what tasks will benefit, you, your family, and your home the most.
Consider a Two Part Homemaker Morning Routine
This is one of my big secrets to creating a successful morning routine… I create TWO. Now, let me explain. I have a whole list of things I would like to accomplish each morning. I am a bigger dreamer with my time, meaning I usually overestimate what I can do with a short amount of time.
One thing that has helped me tremendously with my morning routine is to create two different routines or lists of things to do. I have one short list that has my absolute priorities on it that I try to get done first thing each morning.
Then, I have another longer list that is more flexible. The more flexible tasks I can get done at any time throughout the morning, and if some mornings I’m not able to get them all done, its okay!
My concrete (or priority) routine I try to get done first thing before the kids wakes up.
Having two different routines like this can help you to get more done in your mornings, without the stress of having too many things on your to-do list. You know that you can be more flexible with the second part of your routine. Yet you’ll still feel accomplished knowing you’ll have your priorities done.
Be Flexible With Your Morning Routine
As I said above, flexibility is an important part of a routine. Homemakers in general have a lot going on. Whether you have kids, pets, work part-time, work full-time, or anything in between, your schedules and routines need to be subject to changes.
To allow for things to come up without causing any stress, make sure your morning routine is flexible. If you are practicing the two-part morning routine mentioned above, most of the flexibility should be in your second routine.
Its also important to keep your priority routine very small, maybe 1-3 tasks. If you have too many priorities its harder to be flexible.
Be sure to be flexible with your morning routine as time goes on and in the different seasons of life. Just because you made a routine doesn’t mean you have to stick with it IF its no longer serving its purpose and serving you.
You may have to create a different morning routine in the summertime than what you would have in the winter. A new baby can bring about the need for a new morning routine as well, along with any other life changes.
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Practice Consistency in Order to Create a Habit
A morning routine will be useless unless you stick with it. One of the absolute most important parts of a routine is whether or not you stick to it.
Once you are able to get into a good rhythm with your routine, it should become a habit.
One way to get better at consistency, is to start off slow. If you’ve been wanting to wake up earlier, try waking up 10-15 earlier each day, increasing the amount of time every few days.
You can also try starting off with just a few small things in your morning routine. When you’ve mastered staying consistent with those, add in a few more tasks until your routine is what you want it to be.
Examples of Things to Include for an Awesome Homemaker Morning Routine
Below are some examples of different tasks you use to create a successful and effective morning routine.
- vitamins, water, coffee, etc.
- make the bed
- start a load of laundry
- open the curtains
- do a quick 10 min TIDY-UP
- wipe down the bathrooms
- unload the dishwasher
When creating a homemaking routine, just like when you work on your daily schedule, be sure that you keep it very personal to your own life.
Don’t assume you need to be doing exactly what the next homemaker is doing. Get examples from other people of what their routines are like and try different things out. Take your time until you’ve perfected a morning routine that is best for you, your family, and your home.
Now, let me know in the comments below, do you follow a morning routine? Do you think its benefited you as a homemaker?