School Days Morning Routine


We all have routines- whether they are intentional or not, we have them. I’ve had to work hard at making our routines to work for us, instead of against us.
Before I would wake up when I had to, often later than the kids. Scramble to get some food in them, run around finding shoes/gym clothes, backpacks and finally get them out the door running to make it to school before the bell rang. I did it the same every day- it wasn’t a planned routine, but that’s what I did- so it was the routine.
These days, after recognizing all that needs to happen in the morning and how to make it flow smoothly, I’ve learned to make what I do regularly help me. Mornings always go smoother if I wake up early enough to give myself a wide margin of time to work with. Because of this, I’m often able to sit and drink coffee and read devotionals before having to get the kids out the door. What a huge relief to not have to rush and stress about finding all the homework or shoes!

🌙 Night before:

✔️Make sure all lunch containers have been put in the dishwasher and dishwasher started. (This happens during my after-dinner routine.)
✔️Showers/baths for boys

🌤 Morning:

6:15 AM Daughter wakes/showers
6:30 AM Mom and Dad get up
6:30 AM boys wake/get dressed/make lunch.
✔️Make lunch
They make their own, the goal is to have it done and in backpacks before breakfast.
Lunch items: Veggies, fruit, beef sticks, cheese sticks, sandwiches, yogurt.
We make large batches so we have leftovers for a couple of days- french toast, pancakes, baked oatmeal, rice pudding, etc. Other times we’ll have eggs, yogurt, granola & fruit.
The goal is to only cook breakfast 2-3 times a week, the rest of the days the kids eat leftovers.
My kids function better when they have eaten a hardy breakfast. Smoothies or cold cereal just don’t last long enough and all have a high metabolism, so hypoglycemia is an issue. Cold cereal is a treat we have on Sunday mornings.
7:45 AM everyone is out the door headed to school.

🚌 After school:

✔️Sort/sign papers. Put things back in the backpack. Hang backpack in their bedroom.
✔️Empty lunch bags put dirty containers in the sink and put lunch bags in the kitchen cupboard.
✔️Eat a snack, do homework, put it in the backpack.
I normally let the kids play for a couple of hours and then have them take the dogs for a walk. Then we have dinner and relax for the evening.
Want more? Read: What do I do with all the papers that come home from school??
We all have routines- whether intentional or not. Work to change your routine to help you have the best start to your day.

About Rachel Jones

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I created a FREE Facebook Group - feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group and I share videos each week on YouTube


  1. Freedom on 08/28/2019 at 1:06 pm

    Very helpful, thank you!

    • Dorianne on 12/19/2019 at 10:53 pm

      Hi, usually i plan a routine and i start it but after a couple of days i don’t follow it through so we are back to rushing around before school time. I like your morning and after school routine.. i think I’ll give them a go!! Thanks and keep inspiring us!!

      • Rachel Jones on 12/20/2019 at 6:14 pm

        That always happens when trying to establish a routine Dorianne – It’s a process and we still fail often! But the more I do it, the more I remember, so there is some growth, even if it’s slow. ❤️

  2. Mireille Nurit on 09/04/2019 at 8:56 pm

    It is pleasant to listen to a dedicated Mum whose main commitment is to make her children’s school life easier. This routine is probably veryhelpful.

    • Rachel Jones on 09/05/2019 at 12:37 am

      Thanks Mireille ❤️

  3. Nancy on 12/07/2022 at 12:02 pm

    I always made the lunches the night before. Clothes were chosen the night before, all backpacks lined up by the door. Just get dressed eat and go.

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