In this post, I share my morning homemaking routine. These are the six tasks that I do every morning to keep my home clean and to ensure that my day starts smoothly.
Morning Chore #1: Air Out the Home
The first homemaking task that I do every morning is air out my home. After I wake up, I open the curtains and windows in every room. To maximise air exchange, I also open my balcony door.
Although you can air out your home at any time of day, I love to do it at the beginning of the day. I love enjoying the cool morning air, and it tends to be quieter too. Airing out the home in the morning also helps the home feel and smell clean and fresh throughout the rest of the day.
Airing out our homes improves the air quality in our homes, which improves our well-being. Whenever I am unable to air out my home due to bad weather, I notice that I feel tired and irritable through the day. But on days when I can air out my home, I feel energised and motivated to get everything done.
Airing out your home doesn’t have to take a long time. I find that 15 minutes is usually enough time to make my home feel airy and fresh. However, I often air out my home for an hour or longer to prolong the enjoyment of feeling the crisp morning breeze flowing through my home.
To learn more about this valuable daily habit, you can read my article about airing out the home.
When you are airing out your home, air out your bed at the same time. To do this, roll your duvet into a loose log and place it at the foot of your bed. This exposes your mattress and bed sheet to the air so that they can cool down and dry out, which helps to mitigate the growth of dust mites and mould.
Morning Chore #2: Prepare Breakfast
The second homemaking task that I do every morning is prepare breakfast.
When I was new to homemaking, I found preparing breakfast to be a challenge. It was stressful to rack my brain for meal ideas so early in the morning, and I would exhaust myself trying to serve breakfast on time. But over the years I learnt to slow down and simplify my approach, and now preparing breakfast is a calm and enjoyable task.
Here are my tips for a stress-free breakfast:
- Create your breakfast menu in advance. I always go to bed knowing what meals I plan to serve the next day. This allows me to retire to bed with a feeling of peace that remains with me when I wake up the next morning.
- Keep it simple. At breakfast time, you still have a whole day of homemaking ahead of you. There is no need to tire yourself out preparing the first meal of the day. To conserve time and energy, I like to serve simple breakfasts that can be prepared in 15 minutes or less.
- Cater to your family’s palate. I believe that meals should be nutritious and enjoyable. Even if a green smoothie is full of vitamins and minerals, it will do you no good if you dread drinking it. Keep experimenting until you find a selection of healthy breakfasts that you and your family love to eat.
- Eat breakfast together. In my home, everyone in the family eats breakfast at the same time. This ensures that everyone starts the day with a healthy meal, and it gives us an opportunity to connect before the day begins.
If you want new breakfast ideas, try looking at breakfast recipes from around the world. In my home, we always look forward to the mornings where we have a Japanese breakfast of salted salmon, rice, and miso soup.
Morning Chore #3: Reset the Kitchen
The third homemaking task that I do every morning is reset the kitchen.
What does it mean to reset the kitchen? It means to clean the kitchen after using it so that it is ready to be used for preparing another meal.
In my home, I have a rule for myself: I reset my kitchen immediately after each meal. Not a while after, or soon after, but immediately after. This keeps my kitchen clean, which makes it easy for me to prepare homemade meals every day.
Here is my routine for resetting the kitchen after breakfast:
- Change kitchen towels. My kitchen towels get a lot of use because I eat at home for almost every meal, so I put out a fresh set of kitchen towels every morning.
- Wipe down stove and benchtop. I use a cloth to wipe down the stove, splashback and benchtop after every meal. Messes in the kitchen tend to be easier to clean when you address them quickly.
- Wash dishes. In my home, I wash the dishes by hand. I used to dread this task, but over the years I have come to enjoy it. To discover how I learnt to love washing dishes, you can read my post about the Pollyanna homemaking technique.
- Empty sink strainer. I use a sink strainer in my kitchen sink to protect the pipes from clogs. After washing the dishes, I empty the sink strainer into the rubbish bin so that there are no food scraps sitting in my sink.
- Dry kitchen surfaces. As the last step of resetting my kitchen, I use a soft dry cloth to dry the stove, splashback, benchtop and tap. Minimising the amount of moisture in the kitchen makes it a more hygienic place to cook.
Morning Chore #4: Fold the Laundry
The fourth homemaking task that I do every morning is fold the laundry.
In my home, I wash the laundry at night, then I hang it up on a clothes horse to dry overnight. This means that in the morning, my laundry is dry and ready to be folded.
Here are two quick tips for folding your laundry:
- Inspect each item as you fold it. Clothes wear out with use, but this can escape our attention unless we are observant. Look at each item that you fold and take note of any items that need to be mended or replaced.
- Put folded laundry away immediately. I consider folding laundry a two-step process. It’s not enough to just fold the laundry; the task is completed only when the folded laundry has been returned to its home. This two-step approach prevents your laundry from becoming clutter, and it also creates a pleasing sense of completion.
If you live in a humid climate and notice that your clothing doesn’t fully dry overnight, consider running a dehumidifier at night. I find that this helps my laundry to dry considerably faster.
Morning Chore #5: Clean the Floors
The fifth homemaking task that I do every morning is clean the floors.
I believe that the floors set the tone of your home. When you have dirty floors, your entire home will look and feel dirtier. When your floors are clean, your entire home will look and feel cleaner. Cleaning the floors is one of the most impactful homemaking tasks, which is why I included it in my list of essential homemaking tasks for beginners.
Clean floors are a crucial component of a clean home, so I schedule this task at the beginning of the day. I used to clean my floors in the evening, but I was usually so exhausted that I would dread doing it. Now I clean my floors in the morning, and it feels rewarding to get this important task done at the start of the day.
Morning Chore #6: Make the Bed
The final homemaking task that I do every morning is make the bed.
Making your bed takes minutes, but it affords you results that you can enjoy for the rest of the day. A neatly made bed makes the whole bedroom look tidy, and gives you something to look forward to at the end of the day.
If you struggle with making your bed every day, consider simplifying your bed making routine. If you can create a bed making routine that feels effortless, you will feel less resistance towards making your bed.
Here are my simple tips for making the bed:
- Pare down your bedding elements. My bedding consists of only three elements: a fitted sheet, a duvet, and pillows. The fewer bedding elements you have, the easier it is to make your bed.
- Avoid decorative accessories. I don’t display decorative pillows or throws on my bed. Although these extras can make a bold statement, there is beauty in simplicity, too. I love the understated elegance of an unadorned bed, and it also simplifies my bed making routine.
- Aim for smoothness. I have a very simple process for making my bed. I spread the duvet evenly across the bed, then I place the pillows on top. The next step is the final step, and it’s the most important one: I spend time tugging and patting the duvet until it is smooth. This simple method eschews elaborate folds and tucks to create a rustic result that has its own charm.
Fluff out your pillows. When you are making your bed, try fluffing out your pillows at the same time. Sleeping on your pillow can cause the pillow to flatten and become misshapen. You can restore the plumpness and fluffiness of some types of pillows by gently kneading them each day. Just remember to check the manufacturer’s instructions to check whether your pillow should be fluffed.
Your Morning is the Prelude to Your Day
In music, a prelude is a short piece of music that is sometimes played before a longer piece of music. The prelude acts like an introduction; it often contains melodies that reappear in the following piece of music.
What does a prelude have to do with homemaking? Your morning homemaking routine is the prelude to your day. The way you conduct yourself in the morning impacts the way you conduct yourself throughout the rest of the day. Each time you perform a morning homemaking routine that leaves you feeling accomplished and fulfilled, you build a bridge towards a day that leaves you feeling accomplished and fulfilled.
The prelude gives us a wonderful new lens through which to view the chores we perform in the morning. As you go about your morning homemaking, I invite you think upon this question: what kind of music am I creating with today’s morning homemaking routine?