Mornings in our house can be hectic! To keep things running smoothly, I try to follow a bit of a routine once we get going.
First, I tidy up our bedroom while I encourage Sugar Plum and Little Man in tidying theirs. We make our beds (theirs are easy to make since they just have a blanket to pull up, a pillow to plump, and animals and baby dolls to line up). Next, we put things away in our bedrooms (books are returned to shelves, clothing heads to the hamper, and anything else out of place is put back where it belongs). Once the bedrooms are tidy, I bring a load of clothing to the washing machine and get it going. Next is breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen. Then it is time for school. Usually, Sugar Plum's schoolwork takes no more than an hour to complete and once it is done, we get on with whatever we have on the agenda for the day.
One thing that I try not to worry about is keeping everything on a timed schedule. Every day is different in our house. Sometimes we have to be out the door on the early side or we have someone that sleeps in and things have to move earlier and more quickly than usual. If the children's rooms don't get tidied, then it is not the end of the world! The thing that really matters to me is that most days things run predictably for the our little ones and for me. I can be a huge procrastinator and creating the habit of tidying the bedrooms, keeping up with the laundry, maintaining a clean kitchen, and making sure our school work is done first thing, helps me stay on top of what needs to be down each day.