How’s everyone going with their mornings this week? So far we have:
I’ve had people in the comments say ‘I can’t do that because of this, but I’m going to do this instead.’ LOVE it. Every family is different. Every person has different needs and routines. While these are the things I want to implement for MY mornings, I love that it’s prompting people to look at their own routines and work out what works for them.
In my ideal morning routine – the one where I have woken up and had quiet time in the knowledge that I’d done most of what was needed for the day the night before, and then got dressed with my hair and make up done – I would have a fair bit of time before I had to leave the house. Assuming the children are semi-compliant with their routine, I can move onto my non-negotiables.
My non-negotiables are the tasks that I must complete before I leave the house. The things that make me smile when I walk in the door and see them done. The little things that make the difference between being able to invite someone over or suggesting we go to their house.
These things will be different for everyone. Only you know the chores that make the biggest difference for the least amount of effort, or the things that will make your day run so much smoother if they’re done in the morning. You know which corners can be hidden and which need a daily spiff-up.
These are the four chores I must do before I step out of the house:
- Make my bed. My bed is one of the first things I see when I walk back in my front door, and if it’s made, it makes me smile. If not, big sad face. The kids’ beds, however, are rarely made.
- Breakfast dishes done. The sink is the next thing I see when I walk in the door, and there is nothing better to me than the view of a shiny sink, clear of dishes (all that Flylady-ing must have worked!) We don’t have a dishwasher right now, either, so there’s no hiding the dishes!
- Load of washing on. I usually have at least two loads of washing to do a day, so if one doesn’t go on first thing in the morning, I’m seriously running behind!
- Wipe over the bathroom basin, bench top and toilet. I have boys. Enough said.
Fifteen minutes. Four big ticks. Happy Tam.
What are the non-negotiable tasks in your morning? What can you do in five minutes before you leave the house that will make you smile when you walk back in?