A new school year is about to begin, and with a new school year comes a fresh start. A fresh start to finally get your morning routine under control. I have never in my life been a morning person, but over the years I have learned that if I can get organized and prepare for my mornings then things will run smoothly whether I’m up and at ‘em or not.
The night before
First things first, get organized the night before. Every night, before you put yourself in bed and binge watch something on Netflix, check these items off your list.
–Have everyone’s clothes set out. This may seem silly, but my gosh, your morning will flow so much easier without anyone wondering what to wear or where they placed their favorite glitter tutu.
–Make and pack lunches. Just like having your clothes ready, it’s so nice to simply open the fridge and grab your lunches before heading out the door.
–Pack backpacks, diaper bags, sports bags and work bags. We’ve all made it out the door and down the road before realizing you forgot something essential for the day. Nix that problem by preparing at night, when you’re still awake. Pack the bags and place them somewhere you won’t forget. (Along with the car keys.)
–Preset your coffee maker. This might be the most important step of all. I put off learning to preset mine for too long. One day I finally learned, and now I don’t know I survived life without it.
–Charge all necessary electronics. Is there anything worse than heading out the door and realizing your phone is at 10%? No. There isn’t.
In the morning
Now, let’s move on to the morning, when you actually have to wake up. Good news is, you already have everything organized, so the mornings should run much smoother!
–Wake up before the kids. I know, I know this is a struggle. All I can say is do it for a week. Make it a habit and you won’t regret it. There is something so wonderfully amazing about waking up, drinking a cup of coffee and possibly even getting in a quick workout before the rest of the house wakes up. You will be ready to tackle everything the morning has to offer if you make it happen.
–Teach the kids to be responsible. This is by far the hardest tip. Make every morning a routine, give your kids very specific steps and eventually they’ll learn to start getting ready on their own. Maybe…my daughter is only 2.5 so I can’t be trusted with this tip, but I do my best. Try, making a chart with simple instructions and pictures for them to follow each morning.
–Have a “breakfast to-go” basket ready. Even if you are fully prepared and totally organized for your morning, there will still be times when everything goes wrong. These are the mornings you will want to utilize your “to-go basket”. Pack it with granola bars, cereal bars, bananas, etc, perfect for eating on the go.
How do you organize your mornings? Let us know in the comments!