I once heard someone say that a productive morning starts the night before. I don’t know about you but that is certainly true in my world!
When I don’t take time each night to go though my nightly cleaning routine, I end up running around like a crazy lady the next morning. But when I prepare the night before, I usually have extra time the next morning to tackle a few items that make for a more productive day.
When I shared my night time cleaning routine with you, I promised to share my morning routine. It’s certainly not perfect! But in this phase of life, this routine (coupled with my cleaning schedule) seems to be working.
My Morning Cleaning Routine
1. Start the Washing Machine
I’m usually awakened by an 18 month old yelling “mama” repeatedly from his crib. It’s cute now that he can say a few words, but every once in a while I’d like to wake up on my own terms! Since I’m almost always groggy when I head to the boys’ room, I make it super easy on myself to get a head start.
The washing machine gets loaded with dirty clothes and detergent before I go to bed so all I have to do to is hit start when I pass it on the way to get the baby out of his crib.
Pushing a button might be all I can do in the wee hours of the morning, but it’s an easy way to get a head start on the day!
2. Unload the dishwasher
There are usually a few minutes of down time while I’m waiting for breakfast to finish in the morning. Of course I’d rather just sit down and drink coffee, but I usually try to be productive and unload the dishwasher. Sometimes I unload it in phases. Other times I’m able to unload the entire dishwasher in one swoop.
It doesn’t always happen, but when I unload the dishwasher during breakfast, it makes kitchen clean up super easy throughout the day. When we finish breakfast, we’re able to load our dishes directly in the dishwasher. Same with snacks and dinner.
The best part is, the final kitchen clean up usually happens in 5 minutes or less!
3. Make beds
I used to struggle making the bed every morning. Since we were just going to be getting back in it that night, it seemed like unnecessary work.
But, then a funny thing happened.
I tried it! I actually made up my bed for an entire month.
And you know what? It made the room feel cleaner and more organized. It gave me the motivation to pick up the rest of the room. Plus it gave me an automatic sense of accomplishment because I could cross at least one thing off my to-do list.
It stuck. And it’s now part of my cleaning routine.
4. 5 minute pick up
The 5 minute pick up is part of my evening routine, but it’s also part of my morning routine. Additional clutter shouldn’t appear while we’re sleeping (although sometimes I think it does!), but since my house is in a constant state of flux, there’s always something to do. Plus I have two little tornados that can make a mess in a hurry!
In a perfect world, my morning cleaning routine should only take 10-15 minutes. But, sometimes we’re running out the door and I skip a few steps.
Other times I slow things down a bit so I can let my oldest help. He just turned 4 so he’s helping more and more (kids chore list anyone?). Even though it does take a little longer right now, he’s learning to make his own bed, dust, etc.
I’m thinking that a little work now will pay off big time in the future!!
What about you? What does your morning cleaning routine look like? What routines are your kids responsible for?
P.S. If you don’t use a cleaning schedule yet, what are you waiting for? It will make a huge difference in your productivity!