Hi friends! These past few weeks have been crazy busy, am I right? I feel like we have finally readjusted to our new schedule with re-introducing Jax’s speech therapy and OT classes, Max starting back up at school for the fall, and Chris’ new work schedule.
The one thing that I’ve always done that has made my routine go smoothly has been waking up before the kids. Well, okay, this summer I was much more into getting as much sleep as I could and letting the kids be my alarm clock.
But after seeing my house work pile up, and my patience (read: sanity) wear thin, I went back to what works.
The thing about sleeping in vs.waking up before these crazy kids of mine, is that I miss out of any alone time. That time my brain so desperately needs to relax in a way that isn’t crashing into my bed after a long day of doing #allthethings.
Waking up before my kids WORKS. I get sh*t done. I slay the day.
Here are four things you should be doing before your kids wake up…
Catch Up On Some Chores – Laundry, In Particular…
I hope I’m not alone in this, but laundry is my kryptonite. I’m not sure how my family makes as much laundry as they do, but it seems to never end.
Try to keep the laundry going with folding at least one load every day. If you’re already caught up with the laundry, try to stick with smaller loads. Or just switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer so they don’t start to mold ;). That still counts in my book!
I find that folding our clothes before the kids wake up, I get much more done, and I don’t have to worry about all of the piles of clothing getting knocked off the coffee table.
If you’re anything like me, chasing after your kids is kind of like being part of a really good spin class.
Still, it’s nice to do a few quick exercises (maybe some yoga?) before the kids wake up – really relaxing, and great for your body and mind!
Do something for yourself, and practice some self-care when you first wake up.
Whether that means taking time to put on your makeup before your toddler is awake so you don’t have to worry about them stealing it off the bathroom counter while you are curling your lashes, or making yourself a cup of coffee in your favorite mug while writing down some goals in a planner before the kids wake up, so be it.
Self-care means something different for everyone, but it should be something that is JUST for you.
There’s no better time to do something just for you than while the mess makers are still in bed!
Study God’s Word
Each day, I try to use one of my favorite uplifting verses to recite through the day. It helps me get through, and remember that I am not alone.
Try finding a favorite verse for your day – one that really seems o speak to you depending on what you’re dealing with today.
Quiet time is really good for reconnecting with the Lord.
Do you get up before the kids? What do you do before they wake up? Tell me in the comments below!