5 Simple Ways to Wake Up Earlier

I never thought of myself as a morning person, although I found out that when I did wake up earlier I got more done, had more energy and stuck to a routine. Getting up earlier allowed me to fit in time to exercise, which then gave me more energy and I felt better. It didn't happen overnight- it took me a while to get in a routine of waking up earlier and here is how I did it.

I’m writing this article for everyone who struggles waking up early. I know not everyone wants or needs to be an early riser. There were many years when my husband worked shifts that I stayed up later because he worked late.

But there are many of you who want to wake up early but struggle, I struggle too.

I don’t consider myself a morning person or an evening person. My best hours are from 9 am to 2 pm.  I am also not one who feels energized when I wake up super early.

To be honest, I feel tired.

But, when I wake up early I am able to accomplish much more in the morning hours than I am ever able to accomplish by staying up until midnight or one in the morning. So even though I am tired later in the day, I’ve already had my most productive hours in the morning, so I don’t have to be “on” at 8pm.

Since I have struggled in this area I figured I would share some of things that have helped me make the change to become an earlier riser. And if we are being honest, when I say early I mean 6 am. I will never be a 4 am person, I have teenagers, and they seem to want to do all their talking after 10 pm.

Quit the Caffeine

I don’t drink it after 1pm, no matter what. If I do I can’t fall asleep even when my body is exhausted. My mind can’t relax enough to fall asleep.

Turn Off Technology

I’m guilty of surfing the web before I go to bed, especially now that I have an iPad. For many months I even read my bible on the computer in the evenings. I have found that computer, television, tablets, and video games do not help you fall asleep.

Not only do they keep you awake, it is easy to turn on the television to catch the end of a show and end up watching another hour or two because we get sucked in! If you need to do something before you fall asleep try reading a book.

Go to Bed Earlier

Sounds simple, but for some reason it is so hard. I often find myself looking at the clock and realizing it is almost midnight! Give yourself a bedtime and set a timer to remind yourself it is time for bed. If I want to fall asleep at 10:30 I try to go to bed at 10pm and give myself a little extra time for reading.

Reader tip: Set your alarm on your phone for an hour before you want to go to bed. That will remind you that you need to start getting ready for bed and winding down so your bedtime doesn’t sneak up on you.

It is hard to fall asleep earlier if you are waking up later. There will be a few days in the beginning where you have to force yourself to get up early even though you were up late. Pretty soon you will be tired enough to fall asleep at the earlier hour.

This year since we had a change in our school schedule, I need to get up before 6am. This was a huge adjustment since we were really enjoying our lazy days of summer. I eased into an earlier schedule by setting my alarm clock 15 minutes earlier every few days. Now I wake up before my alarm several days a week because my body is use to the new schedule.

Get Enough Sleep

You know how much sleep you need to be a productive person the next day, so make sure you get it! Some people only need 6 or 7 hours, and others need at least 8. Figure out how much sleep you need and create a sleeping schedule to accommodate your needs!

Get a Routine

This is the most important thing for me. I need about 7 hours of sleep, so I try to go to bed around 11pm and wake up between 6 and 6:30. It is important to go to bed and wake up at around the same time every day.

If you are just starting to change your routine I would recommend going to bed and waking up 15 minutes earlier every day until you reached your desired wake-up time. (see above)

Don’t Get Discouraged!

I recently started adjusting my schedule to wake up a little earlier, after two successful days my family was hit with the crud. I wasn’t going to bed until after midnight most nights and was up with sick kids numerous times throughout the night.

I turned off my alarm and got some extra sleep so I didn’t get the crud too! I was discouraged to be thrown off track so quickly, but I realized that the crud would soon pass and I could get back on schedule.

Don’t let little setbacks discourage you, just pick up where you left off and work on establishing a good routine.

I never thought of myself as a morning person, although I found out that when I did wake up earlier I got more done, had more energy and stuck to a routine. Getting up earlier allowed me to fit in time to exercise, which then gave me more energy and I felt better. It didn't happen overnight- it took me a while to get in a routine of waking up earlier and here is how I did it.

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I’m often asked the question, “How do you do it all?”

Well, I don’t do it all, but I do get a lot done every day and the only way I’m able to do it is because I’ve had a morning routine for many years.

Your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day, so I’m convinced if you get that right, you’ll get the rest of the day right too.

If you need a little “kick in the pants” to get your mornings off to a fantastic start my friend Crystal as a great course and you can try the first day for free!

The Make Over Your Mornings Course will help you:

  • Develop a morning routine and before bed routine
  • Streamline your morning tasks
  • Learn how to make to-do lists that support your day
  • Create realistic, but stretching goals
  • Discover the power of accountability and how to implement it into your life
  • Establish internal and external motivations to create perseverance in your new routines
  • Find time to refuel your tank and make space in your day for things you love
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How is Make Over Your Mornings Set Up?

The course has specifically been set up so that each day’s reading and assignment can be done in just 15 minutes or less!  Each of the 14 days, you’ll read a short chapter, watch a short video that includes practical tips and encouragement, and a project to complete to help you implement what you’ve learned that day.

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DIY Mason Jar Tissue Holder

DIY Mason Jar Tissue Holder at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jordon

Have you ever put much thought into your tissue box? I never really had until one day when I was doing my grocery shopping, and tissues were on my list. I was in the tissue aisle and had a hard time finding a box that would go well in my bathroom. I mean come on, your tissue box has to fit in with your decor…right?!

Then I thought how cool it would be to have a nice piece of decor in my bathroom that would hold tissues! I would never have to worry about finding a tissue box that fit in with my bathroom again. And we are also talking about saving precious life minutes here. No more wasting time in the tissue aisle!

So, I made a super cute Mason jar tissue holder. It looks great and will always work in my bathroom. And if I change my decor, I can just make a new one!

DIY Mason Jar Tissue Holder at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Paint the Mason jar with craft paint. I did 4 coats of paint. Make sure to let each coat dry all the way, otherwise it will create clumps.

2. Spray paint the ring part of the lid. You will have to do 2 – 3 coats on this.

3. Cut out a new lid insert from the scrapbook paper while you are waiting for your paint to dry. Use the Mason jar lid to cut out perfect circles with your X-acto knife. I cut out 3 circles for a little more durability. Making sure to have the pattern visible on both sides, glue the layers of paper together. After they are glued, make a big X in the middle. (You can use the piece from your Kleenex Perfect Fit tissue box to follow.)

DIY Mason Jar Tissue Holder at The Happy Housewife

4. Put it all together. After all paint is dry, add the tissues to the jar and close with the scrapbook paper lid and the spray painted ring.

5. Add any stick-on craft embellishments you like.

That is it! This is such an easy craft with a great outcome. I just love it!

DIY Mason Jar Tissue Holder at The Happy Housewife

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Easy Clothes Pin Chore Chart

How to make an Easy Clothes Pin Chore Chart at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Beth

Chore charts are easy reminders for the whole family. They help keep us organized, and my kids really love the visual reminders to keep our family running smoothly.

I used to spend a lot of time reminding the kids what chores happened when. Then we used a daily checklist that I printed out, and they marked off when their chores were done. That wasted a ton of paper!

With our new clothes pin chore chart system, I spend less time repeating myself and don’t have to print any checklists. This makes our home more peaceful, the kids more responsible, and mom less of a nag.

Supplies needed for an Easy Clothes Pin Chore Chart at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

I gathered all my supplies from a local craft store. You could also grab these online if that’s more convenient for you. I’ve added links to some of the items so you can take a closer look at what I used.

Easy Clothes Pin Chore Chart at The Happy Housewife

Notes on Supplies

The most important part of this project is the layout of the chore sheet. The example I made is a daily sheet that would represent the chores for one particular day of the week. This sheet would work well for 1 – 2 children since I can fit two clothes pins on each task. If you have more chores or more children to facilitate, then I would use one clipboard and one list per child per day.

For example, if you are organizing daily chores for three children, then you would want 7 sheets (one per day of the week) x 3 children. That’s 21 sheets and 3 clipboards (one per child).

The chores shown are Thursday chores in my house. Some chores appear on each day of the week (like making the bed and feeding pets) and other chores, like taking out the trash and recycle, are only completed one day per week. Since each day holds different responsibilities, it’s easier for my family if we have a sheet for each day of the week.

Instructions

1. Label the left side of each chart “To Do” and the right side “Done.”

2. List the chores to be completed. Here is a great chore list to get you thinking about age appropriate chores for each child’s list.

Easy Clothes Pin Chore Chart at The Happy Housewife

3. Write the child’s name on the clothes pins with permanent marker. I write the name so that it can be easily read on the left and right sides of the chart. You could just have them clip their name upside down on the “done” side when the chore is finished, but I like the neater look of having the name right side up.

Easy Clothes Pin Chore Chart at The Happy Housewife

4. Add a decoration if desired. The red and white clip is actually a hair decoration. I liked it because it adds a splash of color to the chore list.

Clip the hair clip directly into the hole on the front of the clipboard. You could also glue on any decorative accent you like. Make sure that the decoration doesn’t hinder your ability to open and shut the clamp. You’ll want to easily change out the chore sheet.

5. Hang the chore chart. I hang our chart between the dining room and kitchen because that’s a high-traffic area in our home. Find the spot in your home that’s right for your family. Make sure it’s easy for the kids to read and reach.

How to Make an Easy Clothes Pin Chore Chart at The Happy Housewife

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