4 top tips to take the stress out of your morning

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Jun 112015

Let’s face it, being a mum is hard work. In the midst of all the caring and looking after it can be hard to find time for yourself, yet it is so important to look after YOU. If you need a bit of help in this department you can count on super-mum Eva van Strijp to get you on the right track with her 7-day Self Care Adventure. Just one week to make a change, who is up for the challenge?

Here’s a little taste of hands-on Eva advice to help you get your day on the way, without stress:

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How to Create a Fail-Safe Morning Routine When You’re Not an Organised Person

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By Eva Van Strijp

They say morning sets the tone for the entire day. We know from experience that this is true. We also know that a morning routine is key to achieving the tone we want for our day. But there a lots of pulls on our time and lots of things to keep track of as a parent. The morning may well be something that we just try and survive through.

Hand up if you feel that:

You have too many competing priorities
You’re not an organised person – it’s just not you
You struggle to get from the bed to the shower in the morning without being called off somewhere else
You just want to get through the morning to a calmer period in the afternoon

If any of the above describes you, then taking the time to create a morning routine that works for your family will be an absolute game-changer. I really believe that a morning routine is one of the most important things we can implement in our home.

Even before you meal plan or create a job roster or an evening routine…
Even if you’re not organised by nature…
Even if you don’t have time…
get your morning routine right.

Even if you don’t have time pressures of needing to be somewhere at a certain time, having a solid morning routine in place will greatly assist a peaceful start to your day.

So here are my four top tips for getting your morning sorted (even if you’re not an otherwise organised person!):

1. Speed clean the night before.

One of the quickest way to destroy the peace of the morning is to find yourself dealing with yesterday’s mess. So put your favourite music on, set the timer for 5 minutes and get the whole family involved in a full house pick-up before the kids go to bed. You can achieve a phenomenal amount in 5 minutes when you’re feeling energetic and you’ll be surprised at how quickly this becomes a fun family ritual.

Some things you really don’t want to have to deal with from yesterday if you can help it:
• clean laundry (put it away)
• dirty dishes (wash them)
• toys and games (pack them up)
• paperwork (file it)
• garbage (empty the bin)

2. Start a little earlier.

If your kids have a regular rising time, try and get up 10-15 minutes before them so that you have a few minutes for yourself before the day officially starts. Taking just 7 minutes for some self care in the morning can have a huge impact on your mindset over the next few busy hours of the day.

If your kids are early risers or don’t have a regular waking time, try setting them up with some books or quiet games that they can do in their room until you come to get them up.

If setting aside time for self care is something you struggle with, why not join my Self Care Adventure? With just 7 minutes a day, I’ll help you form a new habit for regular, simplified self care.

3. Get your to-dos sorted.

Either the night before or early in the morning, take a few moments to set your most important tasks for the day. Alternatively, if you know what you want your week to look like, you can do this on a Sunday afternoon for the entire week ahead.

4. Get the kids involved.

Take the time to create a morning routine with your children. Even if they can’t read, you can use pictures to create a little roster that they see when they wake up.

If you have children of different ages, you might need a different roster for each of them, and if you have a baby that requires your attention first thing in the morning, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favour to have the older kids organised with their own routine.

Get them excited about the process by asking them to draw a morning routine poster and stick it to their wardrobe door. Make it fun. Implement rewards if you have to.

One of the things we used to do was to have a chart to draw smiley faces on. Each morning that they fulfilled their routine tasks cheerfully, they drew a smiley face on their chart. At the end of a week of smiley faces, we enjoyed a special treat like a walk to the park or a storybook marathon on a picnic rug in the backyard. The reason I implemented a rewards system for this was to show my children that when we get our tasks done quickly, we have more time for the fun stuff.

So now, over to you! Tell me about your morning routine! Or if you don’t have one yet, tell me which tip you’re going to implement first!

Eva van StrijpEva Van Strijp is a mother of five, business owner and creator of Simple Life, Peaceful Home – the 8 week strategy guiding busy mothers through the process of creating and maintaining a simple, peaceful family home.

When Eva isn’t hanging out with her family or running a business, she’s eating chocolate, listening to podcasts or tending her veggie patch.

You can follow Eva’s journey through her Facebook page and Blog.

Aug 242014

Big Birthday Bash – Day 24

Cars, plush toys, Duplo, dolls, animals, Lego… with so many toys to play with it can be hard to stay organised and keep your child’s bedroom and playroom nice and tidy. Luckily Australian storage expert Mor-Stor is here to restore order in your chaos with a fantastic range of stylish storage solutions for modern families:

Charlie Canvas ABC Printed Storage Tubs

The new Charlie Canvas ABC Printed Storage Tubs ($49.95) are the perfect combination of contemporary design and practical storage. Measuring a very generous 48cm x 48cm x 43cm they offer plenty of space for all those loose toys that tend to live on the kids bedroom or playroom floor.

Mor-Stor Charlie CanvasMor-Stor Printed Storage Tubs are made from a strong, durable canvas fabric that is sturdy yet flexible and lightweight so kids can lift the tub themselves by the handy carry handles. We’ve had our Mor-Stor tub for a few years now and even though it has been filled and tipped and dragged from room to room over and over again it still looks like new. The ABC Printed Storage Tub is available in a boys and girls design to suit your decor.

To find out more about Mor-Stor, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.mor-stor.com.au.

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Save up to 37% on Mocka Storage Cubes

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Sep 072013


Since we became a family of six people people have started asking me lots of questions about our household, questions they never asked when we had ‘just’ three children. From ‘how many loads of washing do you do every day?’ to ‘how do you get everyone ready in time in the morning?’ and of course the popular question ‘how do you keep your house tidy?’. Four young children make a lot of mess, if I don’t stay on top of it toys will be scattered all over the house which is why we created a playroom.

Our playroom, little people domain

Our playroom, little people domain

To make it easy for little people to keep the playroom neat and tidy we purchased two Mocka Six Cube Storage Units ($99.95) and filled them with (most of) the children’s books and toys. The books are hidden behind the doors, the toys are sorted in handy Fabric Boxes ($9.95) eg. Duplo, dress ups, Mr. Potato Head, toy animals, and trains. With four kids (which equals lots of toys, books and games) you have to be a bit strict: you are allowed to play with the toys but before you move on to the next thing you have to tidy away what you were playing with. As you can see in the picture it doesn’t always go right but it’s a nice aim…

Mocka Storage Unit 4Mocka Storage Units ($39.95-$99.95) are available in 2, 3, 4 or 6 cube size and you can choose from a range of different door colours to suit your decor. We decided on neutral white and add colour with the boxes simply so we could move the units between the bedrooms later on if needed. We have had our units for around 4 months now and they are absolutely brilliant, they were easy to set-up, are very hardwearing and look fantastic (if I may say so myself).

If you are keen to bring some order to the chaos at your house you’re in luck, until tomorrow Mocka is running a sale on the Storage Units with discount up to 37% to be had. You have to be quick though, these units are always very popular and some sizes and colours have already sold out. If you’ve missed out just bookmark the Mocka website in your computer, new stock is just around the corner. Also keep an eye on the Mocka Facebook page for new arrivals and fabulous offers.

Mocka 2 Cube UnitOn the other side of the room you’ll find a wooden toy kitchen and a table for arts, crafts and puzzles, so there is loads of entertainment packed in one room. Our playroom is simple and clean with lots of floor place for the children to play on and the kids think there is nothing better than picking a box from the cupboard and tipping it out on the rug. Instead of having three bedrooms filled with toys and books we keep everything together in the playroom, this keeps the bedrooms tidy and easy to clean and takes away some of the distractions for bedtime.

One very big benefit of the playroom is that the living room is free from clutter and visitors don’t have to wade their way through kids toys. Mini guests justs run straight to the playroom and join my tribe, easy!

To find out more about Mocka, to browse the range and to order online visit www.mocka.com.au.