On Your Way to Peaceful Mornings

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Happy Friday! Who else is ready for the weekend and family fun day? It has been a busy week for me, and my guess is that it has been a busy week for many of you, too. Let’s pause for a moment and just breathe.
There, that’s better.
How do you start your morning off? My FlyLady routines have helped me so much with my mornings starting off better than they used to start off. The morning routine really starts the night before, and the prep stuff you do the night before makes such a huge difference!
Several years ago, before FlyLady, I can remember how rough almost every morning started for me. I really did not enjoy the chaos that came with the morning time in my home. For those of you with several young children, it is hard to meet the needs of yourself and them at the same time.
As I learned from the FlyLady, I learned to shine my sink at night and lay clothes out for the next day. I learned to check the calendar and see what we had to do the next day. I learned the importance of going to bed at a decent hour.
These things made the morning better, but the other thing that really improved my outlook in the morning was getting up before my children woke me up. This habit was a little slower in coming. The years I had nursing babies was a little different than the years when I did not.
As I started getting up before the children, I found that I was really happy if I had an hour alone before they woke up. This allowed me to have time to eat breakfast, have my quiet time, and exercise. If I allowed another 30 minutes, I could shower, too.
This did not happen all at once. I gradually backed the time up as I kept searching for what worked for me. This also meant that I was backing my bedtime up, too.
Eventually, I found a balance in when to go to bed and when it worked best for me to get up. These days I am up between 5:00 and 5:30. The boys are not up before 8:00 most days, so I feel like I have had half a day to do the things I need and want to do before they need me.
This may not be reasonable for some of you. That is okay. It is just working for me in the season of life that I am in right now.
Find a happy place for you to have a great start to your morning. The FlyLady recommends at a minimum that you get up 15 minutes before your family. So you can start there.
Send me pictures of your progress in your zones this week.
Today’s Zone Mission is to check the cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink.
Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is take out.
Have a great weekend!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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