Article and YouTube video by Rain San Martin. *Picture of Rain by Winter San Martin.
The Morning Routine is one of the most impactful habits you can implement. Design one that gives you a peaceful start to your day. Include time cushions for interruptions and straightening. Allocate time spent on relaxation, lifetime goals, and cleaning or decluttering your living space. I will share with you my morning routine as it stands Fall of 2020. Upon reading this you may pick-up a few ideas for yourself. It should be noted that I am a full-time Homemaker and a part-time Blogger and YouTube Creator. I also carve out some creative work-time each week as a Classical Gothic Soundscape Composer.
5:00am - 5:45am.
Awake to a clean home. 6:30am is the latest, if I have a late night. My clothes have been set out the night before during my evening routine making for a smooth start. The house is made ready by turning on the lights, and opening up curtains on the main floor. I boil water in my tea kettle for coffee prepared in the French Press.
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My favorite part of the day is when I sit in the rocking chair and sip a mix of Seattle's Best Coffee Post Alley Blend and Peets coffee Sumatra. Autumn orange pillar candles flicker on the mantel and a few magazines are enjoyed! Three days per week (plugged-in days) I read my favorite blogs and visit Instagram as well as Pinterest on my iPad. Note I have started a new habit of unplugging for 30 days each quarter. This is with the exception of my essential computer household work as well as my creative business blogging & YouTube posts. During this time I consume no media. Two weeks per year I abstain from computer work and email during vacation, being 100% unplugged.
Blog writing or outline-1hour. In the first part of the morning I sit at the dinning room table in our living area facing toward the front porch and mantle. A Thomas Edison desk lamp illuminates my notebook, where I draft content for Vintage Gothic Homemaker. Alternate mornings are spent transcribing my handwritten content into my Blog Site and sculpting the final draft.
Make breakfast. I switch up the menu a bit each month and season. For our 10 year old son I make Old Fashioned Blueberry Pie oatmeal with blueberries, brown sugar, butter, and a touch of milk. Sometimes I alternate with my original Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal recipe. For my husband, I toast a couple of pieces of Dave's Famous Bread with coconut oil and butter, served with sunny-side up eggs. A bit later I have yellow corn tortillas toasted on the Lodge Iron Skillet, topped with cheese, eggs, cilantro, and a side of salsa. This is followed up by kitchen cleanup immediately. Our 16 year old daughter makes herself a green smoothie.
As a keeper of the home, I consider this element of the morning routine to be the most important: De-clutter or deep-clean! I aim for about one hour each day, which includes daily cleaning rituals. On particularly busy days I will skip this on occasion. Flexibility is good, yet my aim is overall consistency. This, along with regular straightening and kitchen clean-up, keeps the home company ready.
If you haven't already I encourage you to create an enjoyable morning routine for yourself, and be sure to check out my companion video on this topic.