As I’ve already written in the article about a weekly schedule of a working at home mom, I’ve always lived in chaos, reacting to current needs and problems, having no real plan, no real habits. No home cleaning schedule, no laundry days, no meal planning. Ok, the one habit I could stick to was managing our family budget. Just this year, after taking The Art of Less Doing course I’ve discovered the power of routines and started to create them in my life.
Dear fellow moms, do you have your morning habits for better starting the day? Do you see positive effects of keeping morning habits? What are your tips for choosing what your habit will be and how to stick to it? Tell me in comments.
The Art of Less Doing, a course by Ari Meisel, encouraged me to build habits in my life to free my mind from the mental clutter and excessive thinking that was the effect of my chaos. I learned to use patterns in my work to automate, to free my mind and as an effect to boost my productivity and be a little bit less tired.
And these habits in our family lives are as important as in our professional lives. Personal life affects our mood, energy levels, motivation, and health, which affects how we perform our tasks in all areas of our lives.
Here is my current morning bathroom routine
1 | I comb and pin my hair.
So the next step doesn’t make my hair oily.
And my comb is one of my favorite things that I own.I use it for more than five years but there’s no reason why I would like to replace it with another one. It serves me well and it looks very good. Nothing to add. It’s a wooden Body Shop comb.
2 | I put milk thistle oil on my face.
It cleans, softens and hydrates the skin and is said to delay aging. As with every oil, look for unrefined and cold-pressed one!
3 | I clean my tongue with a teaspoon.
If it seems weird to you, look for tongue cleaner/scraper, although to simplify my life, I prefer easy solutions and multi-use items. Plus, I know that I don’t stick to my habits for the whole life. My habits, needs, priorities, and interests are changing. So after a few months, I can end up having at home an item I won’t use. And the spoon will just go back to the kitchen.
4 | I brush my teeth with coconut oil.
Not very long or precise because I’ll brush them again after breakfast.
To enjoy all the advantages of coconut oil, remember to buy cold-pressed and unrefined, like the one in the link.
Read my article: Coconut Oil and Its Uses – My Experiences
5 | I put my natural deodorant.
Read my article: Deodorants That Don’t Contain Aluminum and Why It Matters
6 | I get dressed for the day.
I have no problem with wearing the same things every day (if they’re clean and fresh!), so this point is easy. A minimalist, capsule wardrobe means less decision making.
If you’re interested in simplifying your life by creating a capsule wardrobe, you can:
– check my minimalist set of clothes,
– consider taking the Dress with Less and Create Your Capsule Wardrobe course by Courtney Carver, a fantastic woman whose blog I follow and whose another course I’ve taken. She’s the author of the Project 333, challenging people to wear only 33 items of clothing for 3 months to make unexpected and often life-changing observations.
7 | I rinse the coconut oil off my face, with warm water and a washable cotton pad.
After taking these seven steps I have in my mind that I’ve taken care of myself. I know that I’ve given time to myself. Yes, I’m a responsible mother of two lovely, energetic and probably hungry Boys but I am important too. I know that I’ve removed bacteria from my mouth and that I’ve nourished my face skin. And I know that I look so that I wouldn’t fear opening door when someone rings.
After spending in this way a few minutes in the bathroom, I’m ready to face another day as a work at home mom! And I head to my kitchen to prepare breakfast for myself and my Boys and to
Ok, here I can share my little success with you! I gave up coffee for a few weeks and now, even if I drink it, it’s no more than two cups and it’s not every day! After years of being addicted, I seriously needed this. In the past, I’ve written about cocoa as an alternative drink for coffee. Now on the no-coffee day, I drink Inka grain coffee.
Article: Weekly Schedule of a Working at Home Mom: Body Care and Home Duties
Article: The Art of Less Doing by Ari Meisel – Course Review and RESULTS
Article: How to Simplify Your Skin Care? Minimalist’s Tips
Article: All You Need: 14 Eco-Friendly Minimalist Toiletries
Article: 8 Simple Ways to Live Healthier (besides Diet)
Article: The One Sign That You’ve Reached a Perfect Capsule Wardrobe + How to Get There + Benefits
Course: The Art of Less Doing