Over the years, I have developed a list of the best morning habits for busy moms just like you. In fact, it has worked incredibly well for me so I want to share my tips. I found if I get my chores done in the morning, the rest of the day goes much smoother.
If you work outside of the home, you can adapt this routine to fit your schedule. Perhaps do half in the morning and then half in the evening. Packing lunches, bags, etc. the night before is crucial for a working mom!
No matter when you do these tips, the one thing you need to remember is not to let things stack up on you. If there is one thing I have noticed about messy people, it’s that they have piles of stuff everywhere.
This is the physical manifestation of procrastination.
Instead of procrastinating, your motto needs to be just two words. “No piles.”
These two simple words will push you to move everything back to its place immediately. Now let’s see if you can remember this motto as you implement these best morning habits into your life.
What Are the 7 Best Morning Habits of Busy Moms Who Are High Performers?
1. Have a quiet time
One of the best morning habits for busy moms is to start with a quiet time.
For instance, listen to the Bible while you are still in bed instead of getting on Facebook. It will give you a chance to wake up and hear positive words before you start the day.
Equally important, pray or work on your Bible study. I like to mix it up a bit. Check out this post on 19 ways to have your quiet time with God; it will help you be more excited about your faith.
2. Spot clean rooms
The second tip on my list of best morning habits for moms is to go room by room and deal with any messes.
I suggest starting with the kitchen first. That way you can make breakfast while you are unloading the dishwasher or putting dishes in the dishwasher. After breakfast, stay in the kitchen until everything is done-counters wiped, stove cleaned, and floor picked up. If you have to leave for carpool, come back home and go right back to it.
Then move to each room. Pick up trash, put blankets up, move toys back, and straighten pillows. This should take maybe 20 minutes to get through your whole house. It is a quick run-through.
Make sure you have the kids help you clean up their part of the mess. Anything that doesn’t belong in the room, stick outside the door of the room.
Don’t leave the room until it is picked up.
When you are done cleaning that room, ask your child to deliver miscellaneous items to its proper place. If you have to leave the room for an emergency, get right back to that room and finish it ASAP. This requires discipline. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted with non-emergencies.
One time I found chewing gum and a popsicle stick in my potted plant. Does this just happen at my house? The reason I share this is because I understand messy kids, I have one who is particularly not an organizer. (This is being kind.)
Keep working with your child to put things away. You can train your kids to clean up even if they are resistant. Don’t give in to the tantrums, stall tactics, or excuses.
3. Do the laundry
If you are trying to develop the best morning habits in your life, then start the laundry in the morning so you can fold it, deliver it, and put it away on the same day.
Your kids can help! This way it never piles up in the laundry room, molds in the washer, or sits in the dryer wrinkling.
Use a timer if you can’t hear when the washer stops or the dryer rings. Resist the urge to throw clean laundry on the table or couch and walk away. Remember your motto, “No piles.”
4. Start dinner early
If you are serious about developing the best morning habits in your home, then prep for dinner early in the day. If you can’t prepare the whole meal in the morning using an Instant Pot/Crock Pot, then at least cut, peel, dice, etc, after breakfast so you are cleaning up a big mess only once that day.
If you are like me, dinnertime is hectic. Early prep makes dinner less stressful for moms who have a full routine in the evening with sports, homework, paperwork, etc.
You will be so grateful you did the prep work earlier in the day when 5 pm rolls around. I promise.
5. Make lists
Making lists is one of the best morning habits I can suggest. This simple routine is so easy.
Start with the grocery list, then work on a to-do list for the day, and, finally, a list of errands that need to be done. Try to keep the grocery store trip down to a minimum. You waste so much time going to the store every day.
This isn’t always realistic with kids who forget they have a project or bake sale the next day.
*Best tip-Run to the grocery store after school with your kids so they can get what they need for school and then get your groceries at the same time.
6. Deal with the mail
Don’t drop the mail on the counter! Deal with it immediately. Remember the motto, “No piles.” If you go through the mail right away there will never be a pile of paper sitting on your kitchen counter waiting to get cleaned up.
If you don’t have time to deal with it now, then you probably don’t have time to deal with it later.
Walk, run, do aerobics, swim, etc. Whatever it is, find your jam. It is important to get in 3o-45 minutes of exercise every other day so that you feel good and stay in shape. If you can exercise daily, that is even better.
There is something for everyone no matter the cost or location. There is no excuse for neglecting yourself. Your health is important not only to you but for your whole family. If you don’t feel good, the rest of the family suffers.
I know this first hand. I suffered from Crohn’s disease. (I am in remission now.) I had to work very hard to get my health back. My whole family suffered because I was sick.
If I could change one thing, I would go back and make this healthy routine a part of my daily life. That was a bad mistake.
As moms, we tend to neglect our own health thinking it is selfish to take time out of our crazy, busy schedule and do what we need to do to stay mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy.
Learn from me. Take care of yourself and make this tip part of your best morning routine for energy and wellness.
What Is a Successful Morning Routine?
If you want to have the best morning routine for success, you may need extra help. I know overwhelm is the number one word I hear from many moms. Here are a few suggestions to help you jump-start your life and get organized.
Mother’s Day Out
This was the single best thing I did when my kids were young. If you are a stay home mom and you don’t have family to help out, find a Mother’s Day Out program for your child.
I was able to run errands, clean up the house, and sometimes just catch up on much-needed sleep for an hour or two. It is the most costly choice, but if you can afford it, do it!
Hire a momma’s helper
If you are on a tight budget, hire a young person to play with your kids for a couple of hours a week (or more) while you are at home. Usually, you can pay a pre-teen half of what a babysitter would charge since you are not leaving. Or pay your older child, niece, or neighbor to help with your younger kids.
Trade out your kids with a friend. This was always a nice break for me. You can run errands, and your kids will have two play dates in one week. One at your house and one at your friend’s house. This is a free way to get childcare.
Start a babysitting club with other like-minded moms. It is the same premise only there are more people involved. You all take turns with childcare, and your kids will have a blast making new friends.
How Do You Make a Good Morning Routine?
If you want to have the best morning routine for success, I suggest you get up earlier than your kids.
Even thirty minutes earlier is enough time to get things going. If you are like me, you may not like that answer. It takes discipline to go to bed earlier so you can get up earlier.
Next time you are watching TV or on your Facebook at night, remind yourself that you are wasting time doing something that is meaningless. Put it down and get ready for bed.
After you are ready for bed, if you still want to go back and see it, then do it. Otherwise, you can move on to more important things like sleep! A good night’s sleep is the best way to set yourself up for success in the morning.
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What Is a Successful Morning Routine?
Successful people get organized with a morning routine. In fact, I bet they include these 7 best morning habits as a part of their life.
They understand they must deal with chores sooner rather than later. Their motto is simple: “No piles.” This includes dishes, laundry, mail, toys, etc. Everything gets put away in a specific place.
Later in the day, you can do another round of clean-up before bedtime. The kids can help. This will make it easier the next morning. If you struggle to get organized, find help. Friends, family, or even a local MDO program is a sure way to tackle the overwhelm in your life.
Share your best morning habits for moms in the comments below!
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