If you’ve been a SAHM for a while, then I’m sure you’re an expert by now. Or maybe you’re practically a professional, (Like me!) As much as I do in a day as far as keeping 3 little people alive and well, having so much flexibility with my days can sometimes put me in a rut if I’m not too careful. Back in your working days, how great would it have been to hear your alarm go off (the one telling you to get up and get ready for morning traffic) and actually been able to cover up and go back to bed for an extra hour of sleep, because your boss tells you its fineee I’m still tired too! YEAH, pretty amazing I bet. Well, for me personally, my little bosses telling me that I have an extra hour to sleep in usually means the start of one of our lazy days, which I like to keep at a minimum. Of course one of the perks of being a full time mom at home is that we get to do days of easy breakfast, movies and cuddling on the couch, and lots of undivided attention, but on a day to day basis, I like to wake up and cross a few things off of my “To Do” list first.
1. Get up and make your bed
A great start to any productive morning is to rise and shine, and make your bed behind you. It’s crazy what a simple task can do to get your day off on the right foot. I don’t know about you, but making my bed means that I’ve already accomplished something before even getting out of my pajamas. It also means that once I go through the trouble of making my bedding nice and neat, that I am less likely to have plans to get back in it! Don’t tempt me fluffy duvet cover, don’t tempt me.
2. Unload the dishwasher from the night before/ Put away dishes
Maybe you’re a mom that likes to do your dish washing in full every night. Me? Naah, not so much. I usually only have time to do about half before it’s time to move on to baths, reading, and bedtime. So, once I’m up and moving I like to head to the kitchen to either unload my clean dishes from the night before, or put away the hand washed dishes. And yes, I let them dry on the drying rack! Guilty as charged. This is something quick and easy to do, something that can be done while you’re already in the kitchen making breakfast or your morning coffee. The best part is, it can be yet another productive thing to cross off of your list. Little accomplishments for the win!
3. Start a load of laundry
I know the running joke is that no one ever finishes a full load of laundry in a day (Wash, Dry, Fold, AND put away) but sometimes getting started is half of the battle. We’re a larger family so we essentially wash clothes everyday. I’m sure we could manage to cut that down to multiple loads of laundry in less days, BUT … no one ever finishes a load of laundry in a day, right? So who is really about to finish 2, or even 3? Probably not this mama. Pace yourself.
*MomTip: Set an alarm to remind yourself to move your clean laundry over to the dryer. No one wants to come back hours later and find their soggy laundry still sitting.
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4. Start breakfast
Breakfast is probably the favorite meal time for my children. Meaning one of the only times I can get them to eat up all of their food without complaints, or too much food thrown on the floor. It’s also one of my favorite meal times, because breakfast is by far the easiest to cook. It helps to have a meal plan in place, or things meal prepped in advance, and it’s definitely helpful when you’ve got hangry little ones ready for food.
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5. Clean Something
I try to stick this into my morning routine on a consistent basis. No room or area specifically, but I do like to get something cleaned before I move on with the rest of my day. It’s usually between me just cleaning up the kitchen during breakfast, like hand washing the dishes and pots and pans I just used, or cleaning and organizing something that I put on my list from the night before. So this could be cleaning out the refrigerator (Normally done on a Thursday), organizing the kids toys (Which is a great way to get them involved), or even getting out of the house every once in a while and taking the car to get washed. (Which my little ones hate lol) It’s surprising what I’m able to accomplish either while they eat, or that first 20 minutes of them getting into play mode.
P.S Now would also be a great time to throw your laundry in the dryer.
By this time in my house, I’ve usually done so many productive things that I’m just on a roll. I have time to just sit and play with my kids before they take a nap about 2 hours later. We read, color, or do puzzles. Some days I use this early morning time to continue my productivity, and I either pay bills, do things for my blog, or continue cleaning if something wasn’t done the night before.
It’s so important to start your day off being productive, especially as a stay at home mom. You have to stay upbeat and motivated, not only to keep up with your littles, but because sometimes without a big boss breathing down your neck, it gets easy to procrastinate.