Need a better Stay at Home Mom morning routine to transform your days and feel like a happier Mom? See this simple Stay at Home Mom Routine.
The other morning while I was siting in the kitchen waiting for my coffee to brew, I caught myself looking around. The house was picked up. There were no dishes piled high in the sink. The floor was free of toys and kid’s shoes. My dogs were spread out on the floor panting from their morning walk and a load of clothes was humming along in the dryer.
Was this a another person’s tidy house?
Did I suddenly have maid service at my house I had forgotten about?
The truth is, this is what it’s like most mornings in my house. Once I’ve finished my daily morning routine, I’m able to sit down and have a cup of hot coffee by myself before my kids are even awake. And it’s glorious!
My morning routine is simple, yet it’s transformed my stress levels, keeps our house running like a well-oiled machine and sets me up to be a happier mom most days when I start it off right.
And to think, my morning routine started years ago by making my bed as soon as I climbed out of it.
The Stay at Home Mom Transformation Starts with Your Morning Routine
I’ll be honest. My house hasn’t always been the tidiest and my stress hasn’t always been this low.
When my twins were born and I became a Stay at Home Mom, I scrubbed, cooked and did “all the things” I thought a Stay at Home parent should do – keep their house clean, cook a homemade meal every night, and of course, love on her babies.
How’d this work out for me? Not well.
Turns out, I was horrible at homemaking. And trying to keep my house from turning into a hoarder’s paradise overrun with toys and piles of laundry desperately needing folded, I fell into a bought of Mom Funk.
Before I can tell you about how I turned my mornings around and created the Stay at Home Mom schedule I rave to everyone who will listen, you should know what my house looked like before the transformation.
In the morning, my house used to have a sink full of dishes, constant piles of laundry with an extra load still in the dryer from the week before, put no planning into what I’d make for dinner each night, and messy floors I wouldn’t let my best friend walk across without shoes.
Things weren’t looking good on the outside, and slowly, it started affecting how I felt inside.
When I hit rock bottom, I knew I needed something BIG to help me transform my habits and create a schedule that would be easy to use, simple enough to follow and would make me a happier mom, too.
My new morning routine has been working so well, that I knew I had to share it with you. If your mornings are a tough part of the day you’ve been struggling with, I hope this can help you too.
Create a Morning Routine to Transform Your Day
I like to think I can tackle problems on my own, but I knew to create a better morning routine, I needed help and accountability.
Sure, homemaking tasks seem simple and they aren’t rocket science, but unless I had a plan, I knew I would have trouble making a long-term improvement.
This is why the inspiration for my own Stay at Home Mom morning routine comes from one of my favorite bloggers, Crystal Paine who wrote the book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.(and of course, then created an amazing online course based on the book.)
Once I read her book, I jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for her 14-Day Make Over Your Mornings online course and it’s made the difference between struggling at homemaking and mastering my mornings.
Here’s my run-down about the Make Over Your Morning Course if you’re interested in more information:
- This 14-day course is designed to help you revolutionize your productivity, streamline your routines, invest your time in things that truly matter, and find more joy and peace in the process.
- 14 high-quality videos with motivational encouragement from Crystal herself.
- A behind-the-scenes peek into Crystal’s everyday home and lives via short video clips.
- A comprehensive workbook with 14 chapters filled with practical ideas and inspirational encouragement.
- Daily projects to guide you on your 14-day journey and help you implement what you learn.
- Printable worksheets to walk you step-by-step and motivate you to follow through.
Morning Routine: Pick Your 5 Items
When you create your plan, start by picking five tasks you will do every single morning.
For me, this means:
- Work Out (I love to listen to books on tape with Audible and podcasts while I’m running or walking)
- Walk the Dogs
- Clean the Kitchen – unload/load the dishwasher so there’s nothing in the sink or on the counters to start the day
- Throw a New Load of Laundry in the Washer OR Pick up Toys/Stuff Sitting Around (depending on the day)
- Brew Coffee & Enjoy a Cup Before the Kids Get Up
You can choose whatever you want for your five morning tasks. It could be chores, self-care, praying, working out, reading, etc.
I like to keep my tasks simple, that don’t take very long yet when they’re done, make me feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. When these thing get done, I know it’ll be a good start to the day.
Also, it’s important to make sure my list has something that I want to do and enjoying doing, such as exercising or walking my dogs. Your morning list isn’t meant to be grueling, it’s meant to be productive for your home and your heart.
If you need a reminder, keep the list of five things on your fridge or taped to your bathroom mirror where you’ll see it first thing when you wake up and go to brush your teeth.
My Simple Stay at Home Mom Morning Routine
5:45am – Wake Up and Make my Bed (I usually make my side of the bed because my husband is still asleep and I don’t want our dog crawling under my covers.)
5:45-6:30am – Workout (We have a gym set up in our garage so this means zero drive time which is a big timesaver)
6:30am – Walk the Dogs (Again, I love to listen to something for inspiration during this time.)
7:00am – Put a Load of Laundry in the Washer (Keep that laundry a-movin’ so it doesn’t back up!)
7:05am – Unload/Load the Dishwasher and Clean up the Kitchen and Countertops
7:15am – Coffee Time!
7:30am – Get the Kids Up by 7:30am if they aren’t already…
Start By Making Your Bed Every Day
Your parents may have tried to get this habit to stick for 18 years living under their roof and it never took, but now you’re an adult, and it’s time to agree they were probably right.
Here’s what I discovered when I transformed my morning routine.
When you make your bed, it sets the tone for a productive day. A made bed looks neat and tidy, and is the first part of building the momentum for your morning routine.
If your bed is messy and your room is a mess, it instantly makes you feel unkempt and unproductive.
Make your bed, and if you have to get rid of the 14 pillows to help you make it every day, do it!
Do Something for Yourself
When you make your list of 5 things to accomplish in the morning, make at least one of those something that’s important to you, and a part of taking care of yourself.
This could mean an array of things such as exercise, reading, journaling, praying or sitting with a cup of coffee to watch the sunset.
- What is important to you?
- What makes you happy?
- What gives you inspiration for the day?
- What do you like to do by yourself?
- What do you want to make more time for?
For me, I like to start the day off with exercise, walking my dogs and having coffee. This trifecta always puts me in a happy place to start the day. Plus, being able to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee versus choking down reheated day-old coffee is a simple reward for finishing my list of five basic tasks in the morning.
As you build better habits, these are the types of things you want on your list because you’re more likely to stick with it when you do something enjoyable and because it feels like a reward. Your brain loves positive feedback and when it receives those feel good messages, it literally becomes addicted and wants more of your good habits!
The Power of Habit to Transform Your Stay at Home Mom Routine
After a few weeks (precisely two weeks) of implementing my personal Make Over Your Morning Routine, I realized I was naturally waking up without hitting the snooze three or more times, and was enjoying my morning routine without forgetting to do any of the steps.
Into the third week of my Stay at Home Mom morning routine transformation, because I was moving through the routine so well, I realized I had enough time to throw in an extra task like sweeping the floors, wiping down all the counters in the bathrooms or packing lunches for the kids.
Want to hear the craziest part?
I didn’t dread any of the chores on my list and knew that if I got through them before the kids were awake, I’d have more time to do other things I needed or wanted to do later on. My afternoons and evenings began to open up more and I could play outside with the kids instead of straightening up.
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