First Things First: Top Things to do Before 8 am

Start one load of laundry

It doesn’t end there, though. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to rewash loads of clothes multiple times. Have a plan on when you will put it in the dryer. For me, it’s washing a load after the kids are dressed for the day and putting it in the dryer when the littlest goes down for her nap or when she wakes up.



On my list of first things first in the morning, water is a must. Water should be the first thing you drink in the morning, then you can drink your much-needed cup of coffee. Don’t like plain water? That’s okay. Infused water tastes great and helps you get in your daily water needs.


Empty the dishwasher

It’s like a clean slate. When the dishwasher is empty, as dishes get dirty you can bypass the sink and put them straight in the dishwasher. That leaves you with a clean sink. I don’t know about you, but a clean sink helps my sanity on hard times.


Get dressed

This sounds silly, I know. It’s amazing the difference in the flow of the day when I am dressed and ready to tackle the day when the kids wake up and the days when the opposite is true. Is your closet overwhelming? There is a solution. First things first, streamline your wardrobe. It’s amazing the difference it makes!


Brain dump

Make two columns on a piece of paper. On one side write down what you are thankful for. On the other write down all the things weighing on you. Your to-do list, everything that you know you need to get done, future events, things that you want to do, every thought that comes to mind, write it down. You don’t have to write it in any kind of order, just write down everything. It’s amazing how much brain capacity we take up just trying to remember everything. Once it’s written down, you can visualize what needs to happen and make your to-do list.