As a mom of nine children, I want my mornings to be simple. But oftentimes they are not. Surprise, surprise!
Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tricks to simplify our routine. Oftentimes, my plans don’t go as I’d like them to, and that’s alright! There is always tomorrow, and I try to remember that the Lord’s mercies are new each day.
Anyhow, I thought I’d share a few of my strategies with you today. So, let’s dive in.
- Plan. It’s not rocket science, but my first tip is simply to plan what needs to be done the following morning at least the day ahead of time. Lay out clothing, and take baths. Goodness, if you plan on your child wearing something comfortable the next day, there is no harm in them putting on their planned outfit as pajamas.
- Set yourself up for success. I designate a few drawers in my own closet for my two youngest’s items. That way, it is super easy to grab what I need.
- Set a timer the night before for a quick cleaning time. Cleaning can be downright fun when racing against the clock. Mornings tend to run much more smoothly in a clean house.
- Let your children know your expectations. A simple chore chart for them to check off can work wonders. Teach simple rhymes or songs about personal care tasks so their minds will be jogged while getting ready for the day.
- Simple breakfasts on busy days. I’m all about simple breakfasts. Peanut butter bread, granola bars, bagels and fruit are staples around here.
- Create a routine that works for your family. Even complex tasks can seem simple when added into a routine. My kiddos know what comes next in their homeschooling schedule and flow from one subject to the next more easily when they know what’s expected of them.
- Cut out screen time and other distractions. We personally don’t allow screentime until the afternoon. This keeps us more focused on the task at hand.
One of my goals as a mom is to create a lovely home with simple routines that help everything run more smoothly. I hope something here resonates with you, and encourages you to simplify your mornings.