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Family morning routine: a checklist for kids and adults

Getting your family up and ready is no small feat but this guide will hopefully make it that bit smoother.


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Key steps

To get into a good morning routine, follow these key steps:

  1. Get important things like bags and lunchboxes sorted the night before.

  2. Ensure kids know exactly what they need to do and when.

  3. Try implementing a chore chart to help kids get everything done in a fun and rewarding way.

Creating an organised family morning routine is the best way to master the art of getting your family washed, fed, and out the door on time. Here we’ll provide some easy morning routine ideas so you know how to establish a morning routine that will make the start of the day plain sailing every time. 

To start your morning routine on the right foot, ensure everyone gets enough sleep. Insist on an early night and try our bedding and pillow washing tips to help ensure a good night's rest.

A morning routine checklist for adults

Here are a few things to consider when putting together a morning routine for adults:

  • Is everything ready the night before? This can include packing lunches and ensuring that bags, keys, and more are ready to go.

  • Do you get up before your kids? It is important to be up 15-30 minutes before your kids so you can be showered, dressed, and ready to focus on helping them get ready.

  • Is breakfast easy to prepare? You know your family members’ favourite morning meals, so have them ready for when they get up. Make cleaning up after breakfast quick and easy by keeping an effective dishwashing liquid, like Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid, close by.

  • Do you remain calm? Have an all-important morning cuppa and keep calm.

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A morning routine checklist for children

It’s important to get a good morning routine for school days. Here are a few ways for kids to get organised after getting up:

  • Do they lay out their clothes or uniform the night before? If they are old enough to get dressed by themselves, this will help them do so independently as soon as they get up.

  • Do they have a clear schedule of what to do when? Teach your children that when they get up, they then make the bed. When they make the bed, they then get dressed, have breakfast, brush their teeth… and so on.

  • Do they have a kids’ morning routine chart? Write down each part of your morning routine on a chart that your kids can follow to ensure everything is done on time. Read our article on creating a chore chart for more inspiration.

How to establish a morning routine: top tips

Need a good morning routine for school days or other times when you need to get out of the house quickly? Here are a few tips to make it happen:

  1. Always prepare ahead of time. Get as much done as possible before bedtime to avoid feeling hurried in the morning.

  2. Always set an alarm. Place it far from your reach so you’re never tempted to use the snooze button.

  3. Teach kids to get up as soon as their alarm goes off. They can also make their bed before getting ready.

  4. Eat a healthy breakfast together as a family. A nutritious breakfast can give everyone a great start to the day!

  5. Make morning tasks fun. Find creative ways to engage with the little ones – such as motivating them with small goals or challenges and rewarding them with a sense of accomplishment.

  6. Teach kids to clean up after themselves. That includes tidying up their room, leaving the bathroom tidy, and rinsing their plates after breakfast.

Those are our favourite morning routine ideas to make that short window of time between getting up and out of the house a little bit easier. By establishing good habits and a morning routine for kids, you can create a peaceful and stress-free morning environment for the whole family.

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