How to Create a Morning Routine that Works for Your Entire Family
Take the rush out of your morning with a routine that will make everything a little easier.
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone in your house could wake up in a cheerful mood and head out the door in record time? It’s a beautiful idea, but we know how it goes. Mornings are busy, and a stressful start to your day can put a real damper on the rest. If you're looking to make mornings a little easier, you may need to change up your routine. Need some inspiration? Here are a few ways to create a morning routine that will get your family started on the right foot.
Start Your Morning the Night Before
Make your mornings a little less stressful by prepping for your busy day before you go to bed. From cleaning out lunchboxes to picking out tomorrow’s outfit, completing simple tasks can save you time and stress in the morning. If you need an easy reminder, set an alarm on your phone. This way you won’t get too comfy on the couch or head off to dreamland before you prep for the morning.
Give Yourself a Little “Me” Time
If it feels like you’re up and running to get everyone ready the second after you open your eyes, try waking up 15 minutes early and dedicating that time to yourself. Create a mental to-do list, stretch, do yoga—anything that will help you prepare for the day. You’ll feel calmer and will appreciate that mood when the morning starts to feel a little hectic.
Limit Everyone’s Tech Time
Spending too much time on your tablet or phone in the morning is the easiest way to ensure everyone is cranky and running late. So, make a rule that limits everyone’s screen time in the morning—including your own.
Streamline Breakfast and Lunch Making
When it comes to the most important meal of the day, make sure you have quick and healthy options on hand that you know your entire family will eat. Pancakes, muffins and oatmeal can all be made ahead and frozen or stored in the fridge to use later. Or, pre-cut fresh fruit so it is easy to serve. A little meal prep will go a long way in making your mornings brighter. When it comes to lunches, set up your fridge, pantry and kitchen prep area with everything you need to finish meals in a few minutes.
Create an At-The-Door Kit
We all forget things, even when your morning is otherwise running smoothly. To avoid this, keep items you need the most right by the door. With easy-to-find hair ties, extra change and a few wet wipes to clean dirty faces, you’ll save time without having to run through the house in search. On the days you're running late, you will thank yourself for being so organized.