Morning Routines of 6 Productive Parents & Professional Organizers

If you’re following along with our Simplified Life 12-week Challenge, you know how we feel about Morning Routines! In short, we love them. Not because we always nail the perfect routine, but because the first few hours after we wake up are opportunity hours. When spent thoughtfully, these hours can create clarity and order, boost progress towards your priority goals, and lay the foundation for a successful day.


We encourage our clients and readers to wake up a wee bit earlier to take at least half an hour for themselves. But the truth is, not everyone has that luxury. And some people’s morning routine is actually their evening routine. We wanted to know, how do busy moms and business owners spend their mornings? To find the answer, we reached out to some of the smartest, hardest working ladies we know, our Professional Organizer friends! Here’s a look at how 6 Productive Parents &Professional Organizers spend their mornings.


Morning Routines of 6 Productive Parents & Professional Organizers // Cathleen Simmons, Assembly LA




My Morning Routine

My morning routine ends up being around my 2-year-old son because having a toddler means I’m still doing most everything for him. Depending on my work schedule, my husband and I split the early morning responsibilities, but for the most part, as soon as I wake up, I’m getting Asher out of bed, stealing some cuddles and making breakfast for us. My favorite time of the morning is when I make myself some tea and put my make up on while Asher is busy playing or watching a show. This short amount of time to myself allows me to gather my thoughts for the day and plan in my head what needs to happen next. Unfortunately for me, I have a terrible memory, so I literally write everything down the second I think of it. The list on my phone is endless with thoughts, ideas, plans and schedules, but because it’s written down it makes it easy to move on quickly so I can keep a clear mind and review it when necessary. Every day is different for me (especially being almost 6 months pregnant with number two), so I make an effort to analyze my calendar and to-do list frequently, ensuring I feel confident with the following day before I go to bed.


Morning Routines of 6 Productive Parents & Professional Organizers // Shira Gill Home




My Morning Routine

Because I have young kids who leave early for school, and I turn into a monster if I don’t get enough sleep, my aspirational morning routine is quite different from my actual morning routine. I’ll try to give you a glimpse of both below. I should also point out that because my kids leave so early for school I am diligent about my evening routine, which includes packing up snacks for me and lunches for the kids, laying out clothes for the next day, and packing up bags and backpacks. The evening prep is crucial for our morning routine to run smoothly and keep everyone on time.



6:45 am – (or often earlier) My two girls wake me up by singing at the top of their lungs, giggling hysterically, injuring themselves, urgently needing something ridiculous, fighting, or all of the above.


7:00 am – I remind girls to get dressed and make their beds, and go to the kitchen to throw together breakfast.


7:15 am – I remind the girls between 3-5 more times that I was actually serious when I told them to get dressed and make their beds.


7:20 am – Victory! They are dressed and come downstairs for a quick breakfast.


7:35 am – Girls clear their dishes and we make sure bags are packed up with homework and lunches. I help them get on jackets and shoes and my lovely husband (who has been showering and getting ready for his work day) walks them to school.


7:40 am-8:40 am – With the house to myself I am now free to get myself ready for my work day. I’d really like to say that I do yoga, write, meditate, and whip up a green smoothie and some organic eggs with fresh herbs, but then I would be a lying liar who lies. What I actually do is take a quick shower, grab something to eat, listen to some music or a podcast, check my email and pack up my work bag with water and a few snacks. When time allows, I write or stretch or go for a quick walk. I also do my best to write in The Five Minute Journal every morning. It truly takes a mere five minutes and helps me to set an intention for the day, clarify my goals, and stay present.


Finally, in addition to being married to my Google calendar (which contains all of my client and project info), I also jot down notes for my day on a notecard which includes any appointments, errands, and any groceries I need to pick up for dinner. I pop this in my handbag when I leave the house and it keeps me on track all day!


Morning Routines of 6 Productive Parents & Professional Organizers // Joni Weiss, Practically Perfect LA




My Morning Routine

I am not a morning person at all, so my morning routine is approached in “survival mode” style! My saving grace is self-awareness and the fact that I do a whole lot of prep work in the evenings.  I do everything that I can to set myself and my family up for success in the mornings.  This includes packing lunches and backpacks as well my own tote bag. I also lay out clothes for the kids, and sometimes for myself. If I am having one of those days when I need to change my clothes throughout the day — like when the day begins with a garage organizing session and is followed by a new client consultation or parent/teacher conference — laying these out for myself is a must.


A morning at my house typically goes something like this…


1) Hear alarm
2) Push snooze button
3) Hear alarm again
4) Receive nudge from husband to turn off alarm
5) Nudge husband back
6) Push snooze button again
7) Hear dog crying (literally) for breakfast
8) Peel out of bed
9) Shower (often with 1+ child) and get dressed
10) Wake up any kids that didn’t sneak into my shower, if awesome husband hasn’t already done so
11) Engage in drama-filled discussion with 8-year-old daughter about whatever outfit was chosen the night before
12) Make breakfast + coffee for myself while simultaneously ensuring that all kids have something to eat
13) Feed dog (she’s likely still crying)
14) Check computer for Post-it notes I left myself the night before (think “backwards day at school today” or “leave CSA box on patio”)
15) Place lunch boxes into backpacks
16) Place backpacks onto kids
17) Divide and conquer with husband for school drop-off
18) Realize on way to school that coffee made at home was left at home
19) Text amazing business partner to determine who should stop for coffee (AKA who is currently in less traffic)
20) Arrive at organizing job feeling either (a) overwhelmed, or (b) superhuman, depending on the day




Morning Routines of 6 Productive Parents & Professional Organizers // Jen Robins, Life in Jeneral JEN ROBINS




My Morning Routine

I am an early riser! I have learned over the years that there’s something magical about that time to myself when I feel the rest of the world is asleep. I workout, journal, and set my intentions for the day all before 8 am. I would love to add meditation to my daily routine, but that is slowly coming along 🙂 Monday’s are usually administration days with my assistant to make sure our week is set up properly and go over all our goals for the week and discuss the previous week’s follow-ups. TuesdayFriday (or Saturday) we see clients all day so those days are different, which makes the weeks projects fun and always changing. I love that every day is different so that morning routine is high priority to do before each day starts or else I know I would feel disorganized. 2017 goal is to go to bed earlier so I feel more rested and ready for the next day! Routine is key for me!!




Morning Routines of 6 Productive Parents & Professional Organizers // Carly Waters, CarlyWatersStyle.comCARLY WATERS




My Morning Routine

In the morning, it’s most important to me to try to get all the pesky household items done.  There is satisfaction in checking easy tasks off the list first-thing. Also, because I work from home, putting away the clean laundry and emptying the dishwasher before my work day starts means less to distract me during my working hours.

Here is my productivity boosting morning routine: 

Wake up at 7:45 am (I need a good 9 hours of sleep, and lucky for me, so does my son and husband)



Review new emails and archive/delete “easy” emails (5 min) 7:50am


Open my Flipboard app and read blog posts from design bloggers and survey the news (10 min) 8 am


Get up, grab coffee (thank god for my amazing husband who wakes up first with our son, prepares breakfast and makes the coffee) & attack a few household chores- unloading dishwasher and putting away clean laundry (10 min)  – 8:10 am


Pack our son’s lunch & enjoy some 3 yr old chatter time (15 min) 8:25 am

Get my son and husband out the door (5 min) 8:30 am


Clean up from breakfast (5 min) & finish reading blog posts/news (10 mins) 8:45am


Sit down in my office to get on my computer by 8:45 am





Morning Routines of 6 Productive Parents & Professional Organizers // Kitt Fife, Practically Perfect LAKITT FIFE




My Morning Routine
My morning routine…I have three kids, so we do the best we can with a “routine”….


Many people, including my business partner, Joni, will suggest that you do and prep as much as you can the night before to make your mornings easier.  And I agree to a certain extent.  But I have a very hard time getting myself to do tasks I don’t enjoy in the evenings (hello packing lunches) because I covet my evening free time when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet and I can watch Real Housewives.


I am very fortunate in the sense that I have a two tiered morning routine and I can take the kids to the bus looking like I just rolled out of bed….and trust me – that happens more often than I would like to admit.


Tier 1 – get the kids up and out to school

Tier 2 – get myself ready to face the day


My oldest child is always the first one up in the house.  He generally comes into my room at 6:15am or 6:30am dressed and ready to go so he can have iPad time before school.  I’ve been trying to encourage independence in the mornings, so if he is dressed, backpack packed, breakfast eaten, etc then he is allowed to play on his device until departure time.  This has been a great motivator for him.


My girls – sometimes they are up and sometimes I have to wake them up.  They need some encouragement (aka constant reminders to “get dressed!” or  “find your other shoe!”), but again – I’m working on developing that independence in my kids to make my mornings easier.


I bring my phone with me to the kitchen in case of any last-minute phone calls or texts about the bus being late, but I specifically DO NOT start checking email.  This helps me feel less stressed and allows me to focus on my kids.


While the kids are having breakfast, I’m sipping coffee, making lunches, talking to the kids about the day ahead, and ensuring that everything (homework, permission slips, library books, etc.) are actually in the backpacks ready to go to school.  You’d be surprised what a kid thinks when you say “have everything in your backpack ready to go.”  It seems straightforward…..


At 7:05 am we’re out the door and on the way to the bus.  Some mornings are super smooth and some are a bit more chaotic with a lot of yelling.  We do the best we can.


Once the kids are off, I’m back at home getting myself ready to face the day.  I shower, get dressed, check in with my business partner to double check the agenda for the day ahead and I’m out the door.



Survived another morning!






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