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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Organizing Your Morning Routine

It's Thursday again! And we are on the final stretch of the organizing book. It has been so helpful to me this past year. How about for you?
Sorry I have been a bit MIA with blogging this past week. I have been really busy with the launch of the Shaklee 180 program and it has been a Huge success so far! There is still time to join us in our Transformation Challenge so if you or someone you know has weight loss on their goal list, contact me today for the details. Exciting stuff!!
If you are just joining us, we have been getting organized using Jennifer Ford Berry's Organize Now book.  


It has some great info and tips on organizing various parts of our life and home. You can see past posts here:

Week 1 about Organizing Your Mind and Life Vision HERE,
Week 2 about Organizing Your Priorities HERE,
Week 3 about Organizing Your Schedule HERE
Week 4 about Organizing Your Cleaning Schedule HERE.
Week 5 about Organizing Your Personal Information HERE. 
Week 6 about Organizing Your Finances HERE. 
      Week 7 about Organizing Your Bill-paying System HERE.
        Week 8 about Organizing Your Receipts and Taxes HERE
Week 9 about Organizing Your Files HERE
                          Week 10 about Organizing your Magazines and Newspapers HERE.
                                               Week 11 about Organizing Your Email HERE
                                                Week 12 about Organizing Your Mail HERE
                                         Week 13 about Organizing Your Child's Toys HERE.
Week 14 about Organizing Your Crafts HERE.
Week 15 about Organizing Your Photographs HERE.
Week 16 about Organizing Your Purse or Wallet HERE. 
 Week 17 about Organizing Your Vehicle HERE.
                                                  Week 18 about Organizing Your Pet HERE.
Week 19 about Organizing Your Books, CDs and DVDs HERE.
Week 20 about Organizing Your Entryway or Mudroom HERE.
                        Week 21 about Organizing Your Family Room or Living Room HERE.
Week 22 about Organizing Your Kitchen Countertops HERE.
Week 23 about Organizing the Kitchen Cabinets HERE.
Week 24 about Organizing the Pantry HERE. 
Week 25 about Organizing the Refrigerator HERE.
Week 26 about Organizing the recipes HERE.
Week 27 about Organizing the dining room HERE.
Week 28 about Organizing the Laundry Room HERE.
Week 29 about Organizing the Bathroom HERE
Week 30 about Organizing the Medicine Cabinet HERE.
Week 31 about Organizing Your Child's Clothes and Closet HERE.
Week 32 about Organizing Your Child's Memorabilia HERE.
Week 33 about Organizing Your Child's Bedroom HERE.
Week 34 about Organizing Your Bedroom Closet HERE
Week 35 about Organizing Your Memorabilia HERE
Week 36 about Organizing Your Master Bedroom HERE
Week 37 about Organizing Your Jewelry, Accessories and Purses HERE.
Week 38 about Organizing your Home Office HERE 
Week 39 about Organizing the Linen Closet HERE.
Week 40 about Organizing the Basement HERE.
Week 41 about Organizing the Attic HERE.
Week 42 about Organizing the Garage HERE.
Week 43 about Organizing the Yard and Garden HERE.
Week 44 about Organizing Your Holiday HERE.
Week 45 about Organizing Your Party HERE
Week 46 about Organizing Your Trip HERE. 
Week 47 about Organizing Your Move HERE.
Week 48 about Organizing Your Back To School Time HERE
Week 49 about Organizing Your Pregnancy HERE 
Week 50 about Organizing Your Nursery HERE
Week 51 about Organizing Your Family's Safety Plan HERE 
Week 52 about Organizing After a Loss HERE
These next few weeks will focus on organizing our routines. First up - the morning routine. Are mornings stressful in your house? Do you have some family members who are just not morning people and it is a struggle to get them out the door in the morning? My kids do ok with the waking up part, but getting them out the door on time is another issue. My 4 year old really loves to take his time in the morning. I have learned that I just need to get him up 10-15 minutes earlier and let him do his routine by himself at his pace. (toileting, brushing teeth and hair, getting dressed). This works really well so I can get other things done while he is getting his done and I am not stressed by how long it is taking him to put his toothpaste on the toothbrush. lol

This Week's Goals:

1. Create a morning "to do" list for every person in your family. Or have them do it themselves if they are old enough. Figure out how much time it takes to complete each task. Add that time up and add an extra 10 minutes to make sure you have enough time. Subtract those minutes from the time you need to leave the house to the time you need to wake up.

2. Don't over book your morning routine. Be realistic about what needs to be done in the morning and what can be done the night before. I am much less stressed when I get things done the night before. I sleep better and wake up feeling good.
3. Use a family launch pad near the most commonly used door to your house to help you organize and get things prepared the night before. I talked about this in week 20 when I wrote about organizing your mudroom.
4. Keep a laminated copy of the morning routine in your launch pad area so everyone can stay on schedule and knows the expectations.
1. I like to try to get my Bible study or spiritual readings in first thing. This helps me to have a more positive outlook on the day and get myself started on the right foot. Motivational books work well here too.
How do you organize your morning routine? Is it full of stress or stress-free?
Thanks for checking in and be sure to visit me on Facebook soon! We have lots of fun over there sharing health and wellness tips. :)

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