For the last two weeks, you loyal tacklers have been sharing your tips with us about how to make your morning routine easier.
Today, I wanted to highlight some of your fantastic tips.
Thanks so much to all of you for sharing your great ideas!
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.