Learning from YOU! Your fantastic “Minimizing Morning Madness Tips”…
For the last two weeks, you loyal tacklers have been sharing your tips with us about how you minimize the morning madness in your homes, as part of our Scrubbing Bubbles® Tackle it Tuesday giveaway.
Today, along with announcing our 20 winners, I wanted to highlight some of your fantastic tips. Thanks so much to all of you for playing along and sharing your great ideas! We really appreciate you being a part of Tackle it Tuesday here at 5 Minutes for Mom!
The best thing for us is to make sure sure that our kitchen and living room are completely clean the night before. If I don’t have to worry about doing any cleaning in the morning — if breakfast dishes are already clean and ready — etc., I can focus on getting kids ready/fed without worrying about straightening up before we leave.
Almost every morning, I make my bed and at some point take 5 minutes to brush my hair and put on makeup or whatever will make me feel fresh and girly. This is some of the best advice ever given to me and it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something early so gives me encouragement to keep going throughout the day.
With a 2-year-old, I know that she thrives on routine. So, we prepare for every day by doing the same general things – wash her face, brush her teeth, dress her, do her hair, eat breakfast. But sometimes, she isn’t in the best of moods in the mornings and neither am I. So, to minimize morning madness and calm tensions, I read her a small portion of the Bible after breakfast every day. It seems to get us in the right frame of mind for the busy day ahead of us.
Michelle McGee‘s Tip:
I clean the kitchen up the night before, prep lunches, and lay out all the breakfast things – cereal, bowl, spoon, cup. I also set my alarm to go off 30 minutes before I need to get up because I am notorious for hitting snooze way too many times. I have my kids lay out clothes the night before and I do the same.
Tanya Peila‘s Tip:
We do several things to make our mornings easier. One , clothes are ALWAYS set out the night before including shoes and backpack. My 5-year old gets up with an alarm 15 minutes before me and if he is dressed and ready to go he gets to watch TV or play a game while I get ready. Now I don’t have to feed mine on weekdays because of daycare but when I did I would put a mug with milk in the fridge and a cup of cereal and once he was dressed he could get it out of the fridge and pour the cereal in the milk and eat himself without my help.
We have a “no new ideas” rule. The cut off time is 8:30. Once the clock rolls over to “8″ “3″ “0″ my boys have to live with their outfits, consider bellies full, and commit to their show and tell choices. We find indecision (a better ways to tackle a problem that didn’t really exist) slows us down and adds stress.
New ideas are greeted with a smile at other times of day.
My key to mornings is to do EVERYTHING the night before. Lunches, clothes, bookbags (why doesn’t the school call them backpacks? My kid was SO confused), etc.
I also pre-pack lunches for the week on Sunday….5 little baggies of carrots in the fridge drawer, 5 little baggies of pretzels or snacks in the cupboard, etc etc etc, so that when I’m packing a lunch I can sweep through the kitchen and dump components into a lunch bag and be done.
Now, for our winners of the ten 20 Scrubbing Bubbles Gift Baskets…
Each winner will receive a gift basket including the new Extend-A-Clean™ Power Sprayer, which features a one-touch continuous sprayer and active cleaners that continue working for days. (In case you missed it, here is a link to my video tackle from March 16th when I test out the Extend-A-Clean Power Sprayer.)
And a Tackle of course too…
But I didn’t forget to tackle this week either…
This week, I took my Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean Power Sprayer over to Susan’s house and together we tackled HER bathrooms too!
THANKS again to all of you for participating in our Scrubbing Bubbles giveaway and for your wonderful tips!
And thanks to Scrubbing Bubbles for sponsoring Tackle it Tuesday this past month. It has been great having you here!
What are YOU tackling this week? Link up show off…
Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the MckLinky below!
Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.
Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.
Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.
(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)
If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.
Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Janice.