Mornings can be one of the most chaotic times of the day. Trying to get everyone washed, dressed, fed, watered and out the door with everything they need can be a challenge.
Oh yeah. And all of this needs to be done ON TIME.
Here is a list of strategies you can use to get yourself and everyone else out the door.
1. Do as much as possible the night before. Choose your outfit and lay it out. Have your children choose their outfits. Make lunches. Pack lunch bags, diaper bags, briefcases and backpacks.
2. Designate a “launching pad" near the door. This is a place that should be free of any clutter except items that have to go out the door in the morning, like backpacks. This can be a bench, a small table, a basket or even just an area on the floor.
3. Establish a routine. You may need to experiment with this to find out what works best for you. Everyone should be getting up and doing the same tasks in the same order each morning. For instance, in our house the routine is get up, shower, get dressed, have breakfast, brush teeth, and go.
4. Get up earlier. Even 10 to 15 minutes extra can make a difference. Try getting up 10 minutes earlier for a few mornings. If that's not enough, after a few days or a week, get up 10 minutes earlier again. Now you've added 20 minutes to your routine without doing anything drastic.
5. Make sure children know what their responsibilities are. Some children respond well to a chart with pictures that they can check off as they complete each task. Some children respond well when you make it a game. Who can get dressed the fastest? Who can do the silliest walk to the front door?
6. Notice what bugs you in the morning and make a small change. Not awake enough to get the water to coffee grounds ratio correct for the coffee maker? Set the coffee maker up the night before and, if you don't have a timer function, in the morning all you'll have to do is press the on button. The kitchen is like a mosh pit as everyone scrambles for their breakfast? Assign one person to put out all necessary items (or, again, do it the night before) and another person to work the toaster.
7. Delegate. Even small children can and should help out.
8. Experiment. Routines will change as schedules change and as children grow and are able to do more.
By simplifying your morning routine, you start the day off on a positive note and you'll be able to get out the door ready to tackle the day.
Lisa Sutton, M. A. , CPC is the De-Cluttering Diva. Lisa offers coaching, seminars and workshops to busy, stressed-out moms. She encourages and supports women to take care of themselves around issues such as assertiveness, time management, relationships, procrastination, anxiety, and creating work-life balance.
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