Creating a Morning Routine

Creating a Morning Routine

About a year ago I had a big case of jealousy.  Around that time it seemed to be the fashion for every blogger that I followed to talk about their morning routine.  And how I envied those routines.  They often went like this:


-Get up early before the kids wake up


-Read the Bible and pray

-Create a to-do list for the day

-Write for an hour or so

-Begin breakfast and homeschooling time with the kids around 8:00




That sounded like heaven to me!  But my reality is totally different.  I work outside of the home and have to leave the house–with my three small children in tow–by 6:45.  Also, our house is small, and my children are light sleepers.  If I try to get up much before they do, I simply wake them up.


I sighed and told myself that I just couldn’t have a morning routine.


Then I realized a fairly obvious point–I could have a routine.  Mine would just look completely different than the bloggers I admire.  And, that’s ok.


Your morning routine is unique to you and to your family.  However, there are a few things that are fairly universal:




1. Set A Time for Leaving the House

Ask yourself, what time do I need to leave the house each day?  What factors influence this time?  For me, this was affected by when I could drop  the kids off at childcare (7:00) and what time I absolutely needed to report to my school (7:30).  Since our babysitter is only a few minutes away, I would need to leave the house by 6:50.


Becoming a Family of Prayer In-Post Box


2. Plan for Delays

In my house, things nearly never go as scheduled.  Delays are inevitable, so plan for them!  I built in five minutes of margin time and set our new departure time at 6:45.  We are almost never ready at 6:45, but by aiming for it we usually hit 6:50.


3. Make a List of Your Priorities

When I began to plan my morning routine, I sat down and made a list of my priorities for the morning. Mine included:

-Plenty of sleep

-Morning Prayers as a family


-A sense of peace instead of stress


These priorities affect how I plan my mornings.  I do not get up at 4:30 to exercise or write.  In this stage of my life (with three very young children) sleep is a top priority.  If I do not get enough sleep, I am one crabby mama and teacher!  Therefore, I get up at 5:45.


I also knew that I wanted our family to pray the Morning Prayers together each morning (I wrote more about that here).  So, I timed the prayers to see how long they typically take.  Then I budgeted  that amount of time in our routine.




Breakfast was another non-negotiable for me.  I wanted us to begin our day with a healthy breakfast.  However, I needed to be realistic about this.  I do not have time to make pancakes and eggs on school day mornings.  Instead, we have cereal and bananas every morning.  Yes, every morning.  Having this decision made for us each day helps eliminate stress and contributes to the sense of peace that I wanted.


4. Prep for the Morning the Night Before

The most important part of my morning routine takes place the night before.  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about creating an evening routine.  Each night I prepare for the next day in a few small, simple ways that make a big difference.




1. I clean the kitchen, do the dishes, and sweep the floor.  Having a tidy house lessens my stress in the morning.

2. I pack lunches for myself and the children.

3. I go through backpacks to sign permission slips, return library books, etc.

4. I lay out clothes for everyone for the next day.

5. I take a shower in the evening to save time in the morning.


Because I have prepped for the morning the night before, I do not have to run around frantically searching for a library book or hurriedly make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  It’s all been done!


My Morning Routine

Many of you wondered how I managed to get myself and three small children out the door in 45 minutes!  I thought I would give you a more detailed version of my mornings.  This is by no means an ideal routine–it is simply what works for us.


(One side note: I tend not to schedule things down to the minute.  This usually only adds stress to the morning and causes me to feel guilty and panicked if we are running behind.  Instead, I like to have a general order of events that I follow.)





Wake up and take medicine

Get myself dressed and ready



Get Little Brother dressed and in high chair with breakfast

Get Sister dressed and in chair with breakfast

Big Brother gets himself showered and has breakfast



I eat my breakfast while the kids play for a few minutes

Backpacks, coats, and shoes on everyone



Morning Prayers in the Icon Corner



Out the door


My morning routine is certainly not the leisurely morning of my dreams.  And, I am absolutely certain that it will change several times over the next few years as my kids get older.  But, it works for me.  It is in line with my priorities and helps preserve a sense of peace in our home.


A Resource to Help  You Create Your Morning Routine

Finally, I have learned much of what I know about routines, planning, and home management from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom.  Crystal has a fantastic course called the Make Over Your Mornings Course that will help you transform your mornings by creating a morning routine. To access Day 1 of the course for FREE click here: Make Over Your Mornings Course.


I am no longer envious of the routines of others.  I have found what works for me.  And that’s a pretty good thing.


What works for you?  What kind of a morning routine do you have in your home?

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7 thoughts on “Creating a Morning Routine

  1. Stumbled on your post on Pinterest today. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being real. I was expecting this to be another blogger routine like the one you posted at the top…again wondering to myself how I could ever accomplish what these other mothers do. I too am someone who sleep is top priority or I’m not pleasant to be a round. While I am a SAHM, I do work PT out of the home and also have experience the times I try to get up early before my kids, it’s like they have radar and they just get up early too. I have 4, ages 5 and under (1 still nursing), so it chaos at times. Going to try the idea of getting ready while the kids eat. And cereal and fruit is not all that bad, 95% of the time that’s what my kids want anyway.

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Deb! I am very impressed with you–being a mother to 4 little ones and working part time. Especially when you are nursing and have such young children, I think sleep has to be one of the biggest priorities. So glad you stopped by!

    • I’m so glad! I hoped that our crazy routine might be slightly applicable to homeschooling and other work at home moms. By the way, I love your blog and was really excited to see that you had commented on mine 🙂

  2. My evening routine is very similar to yours. I also am a working mother who works outside the home. I love how simple your morning routine is. Mine is so overwhelmed with things to do that I end up giving up before I even get out of bed. I also need to learn to get up before the kids.

    • It can be so hard to get everyone out of the door in the morning, can’t it? It can also be really hard to get up before the kids, especially if they are young and not sleeping well yet. I hope you find a good routine for your family!

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