What time of day is most stressful for you? When does your To Do List seem most overwhelming?
For me, the morning madness of getting my day started and getting my kids dressed, fed, and in the van to drive to school is my worst time of day. I have to admit, I regularly lose my cool trying to get my son ready on time.
I use a few strategies to make minimize my morning madness…
Let’s Share our TIPS!
Clean bathroom or not — I am still not a morning person.
For my sanity, I need to keep a tight rein on our morning schedules or things can go out of control.
So, I thought it might be fun if, along with our tackles, we share our Minimizing Morning Madness tips.
I know you have them!!! How do YOU make your mornings run smoothly?
Here are a few of my tips:
- Plan ahead: Make a to-do list the night before and complete as many activities as possible to minimize morning stress. For example, I have my kids shower the night before and lay out their clothes. I sign any school forms and put them in my son’s backpack before I go to bed.
- Enforce a routine: To streamline the morning rush, establish a regular routine. I have regular check points for my son so he keeps on schedule.
- Make cleaning convenient: To ensure that cleaning products are at your fingertips when you need them, purchase three or four of your favorite cleaning products at once. I keep one bottle in each bathroom for easy access so I can do quick clean ups and avoid procrastination. (Remember to keep cupboards locked if you have little ones!)
What are YOUR tips?
Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Janice.