How I Make Mornings Easier

There’s almost nothing on this earth I love more than a put-together home. A put-together home leads to a more organized life. I’m a routine person, but I am not a morning person. There’s not a whole lot I’ve been able to do to fix this quite yet, but I have found a couple of things that make it a little easier.

When I was in college, I was used to waking up early for class, and even enjoyed getting up before dawn to go to on-campus yoga classes and run with friends in the Campus Rec, so my built-in alarm clock woke me up by 9 even on Saturdays. Well… I have no more classes, and being a stay-at-home wife makes it way too easy to sleep in until 11 or 12 on the weekdays. (Oh how I wish I could get myself back into that routine when I would get up and practice yoga into sunrise – there’s something so energizing about that). So I’ve been trying to set my alarm for at least 8 am, usually 9, for the past week or so to make sure I don’t oversleep. This way I feel refreshed enough to get things done during the day and I haven’t been lazy when I could be getting things done, and 9 is a good time for me since we don’t go to bed quite as early as we would like to. Actually, your body is healthier if you get roughly the same amount of sleep every night, and you get better sleep, or so I read somewhere….

I skip the coffee or can of coke (not actually Coca-cola for all those non-southerners out there) to wake me up – caffeine usually has negative effects on me, so I try to keep it to a minimum, especially when I’m trying to refresh myself for a new day. It just doesn’t make sense to start the day negatively. It feels better to slowly let my body wake itself up instead of jump-starting it with a jolt of unnecessary energy.

So, after I wake up I go ahead and take a shower and get ready for the day. I mean full-outfit, fixed-hair, put-on-makeup kind of ready, even if I don’t have anywhere to go. There are occasional stay-in-my-pajamas days, but I’ve found that I’m much more productive when I look like I’m ready to be productive, so I’ve cut those to a minimum. Granted, when John Mark and I first got married, I was still in my pajamas with unwashed hair by the time he got home. I’m still a work in progress in this area. Now I usually wash, blow-dry, and straighten my hair (or put it up in a bun) and put on a simple layer of makeup – I haven’t been doing the full face look with eyeliner and layers of eye shadow as much anymore because it just takes up too much time. I finish up by brushing my teeth.

Once I’m done getting myself ready, I get the bedroom ready. I always, always make the bed – sometimes I do this before I get ready, but most of the time I can do it much more cheerfully after I’ve woken up a little more. My only exception to this rule is Sundays, when I usually take a nap in between morning and evening worship services, and because we’re usually rushing around trying to get ready. Making the bed just makes the room look put together and makes me feel like there’s less to do cleaning-wise. Thanks to my mom for teaching me this nifty trick. 😉 I only really adopted it a few months ago, and it’s been a game-changer.

While doing these things haven’t magically changed me into a morning person, they have helped alleviate the grumpiness I have when I wake up, especially with that new 9am wake-up call. It’s my morning organizational therapy. I firmly believe in that, by the way; it’s kind of my thing. Maybe this can give you ideas or spark your morning creativity when if you’re not a morning person either. If you’re already there, what do you do? I’d love to know!

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