habits, routines

My Morning Routine

Hi There!

Today I wanted to share what my morning routine looks like.  I have found this to be a very important collection of habits to keep things running smoothly for me and my family.  Most days this routine starts when I get out of bed, by making the bed;)  But, for the sake of getting my family out the door on time, and being able to photograph all of the components, I did my routine after everyone was off to work and school;)

Basically, each of my routines is a collection of habits that I created with the purpose of getting household chores done while conserving my limited energy.  Because chronic illness=chronically tired;)  When I first started this I practiced each habit, adding to them over a few months and found what worked to keep my home clean and my family taken care of.  These are in the order that I do them on most days, but not everyday is the same.  I am flexible and do not hold myself to a standard to never do things differently.  I find that when I’m too rigid I end up failing at what I’m trying to accomplish.  Life isn’t perfect, and I don’t expect myself to be either.

Let’s get to it…  When I wake up I beeline it to the coffee maker.  I drink decaf coffee because of SVT, but I cannot get going without it.  It is such a part of my daily ritual!  I then feed Bogey the Great, and give him a few morning snuggles.  Then, I head back upstairs and make the bed.  Nothing fancy, just pull the covers up and fluff the pillows.  Done and done.

Next, I put in a load of laundry.  I do a load of laundry every day so that if something comes up health wise and I need a few days to recover, we are generally in ok shape and don’t have an “urgent” matter of doing laundry instead of taking care of mom.  Just saying;)  While it is washing I get in the shower, and get dressed.  It usually takes me about 35-45 minutes to get ready, so by the time I’m done, I can put that load in the dryer.  But, if I don’t get to it then, I switch it when I get back from school drop off.  After lunch, as part of my afternoon routine, I fold the laundry AND put it away every day.

Once I’m dressed and ready to go, I head downstairs and empty the dishwasher, eat breakfast, and make lunch for my son.  I run the dishwasher every night as part of my My Evening Routine.  One of my “goals” in keeping house is to keep the kitchen sink empty all day.  I find that once dishes begin to sit in the sink, they multiply and create friends.  And then, a simple task of rinsing your cereal bowl and placing it in the dishwasher becomes washing an entire morning and afternoon’s worth of dishes before you can make dinner.  So, once everyone’s eaten breakfast and lunch is packed I can just quickly load the dishwasher and I have a clean and shiny kitchen for the rest of the day.

I then head out the door to take my little guy to school, and of course Bogey comes with.  He’d never miss the opportunity to go for a ride;)  Once we get home, its onto the next step of my morning routine, EXERCISE!  We head out for our morning walk every single day that I am physically able.  We walk for about 25-30 minutes which ends up being about a mile.  And about 3 days a week I follow up my walk with a short toning routine.  I find that this amount of exercise is what works for me, but it is so important for keeping the blahs away, my weight in check, and building muscle and bone strength.  I highly encourage you to get and keep moving consistently (with your health care provider’s permission).  It is so nice to get that daily dose of fresh air, and just feel your body doing something physical.  Even if its just a slow walk with your pooch;)

When we get home from our walk, I then do a quick swipe of all the bathrooms.  This is an idea I first got from Fly Lady many years ago.  You basically give a quick wipe down of the faucet, counters, sink and toilet and your done.  It takes about 2 minutes per bathroom, but makes a huge impact on keeping things clean in the germiest rooms in the house!

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The final pieces of my morning routine are my daily cleaning task and zone work.  I will go into each of these in more detail in the future.  But these are 15 minute cleaning, decluttering and/or organizing tasks that I do each day.  Consistently dedicating 15 minutes to a task has been life changing for me.  I can do anything for 15 minutes, and it has had such a huge impact on keeping my home clean and getting it organized.  I can’t wait to share more about this, and will do so in future posts.

Here’s a quick look at my morning routine in list form…

  1. Make the bed
  2. Start a load of laundry
  3. Empty the dishwasher/Clean up from breakfast
  4. quick swipe of the bathrooms
  5. Exercise
  6. Daily cleaning task
  7. Zone work

I hope my morning routine encourages you to create one of your own, or maybe give you some ideas for your current one!  I have found this to be an integral part of my day to keep things running smoothly, and helps me feel prepared for when I have a flair or procedure that sidelines me for a few days.  It also keeps things from building up into huge jobs that take hours to complete instead of minutes.   How do you start the day?  I’d love to hear!

Take good care,

Kristin

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