5 Ways to Make Mornings Easier

Written by: Jessica Schanberg

Here are a 5 ways to keep your morning routine with kids easy

The morning rush hour can be exhausting and frustrating.  Does the start of each day feel like a battle with your kids and the constant search for what you need most to get out of the house?  Nevermind the pressure to actually make it to school or an activity on time!  Here are a 5 ways to keep things organized:

1) The Bowl of Essentials

The first step towards getting out of the house quickly is to have a handy bowl of essentials. Never search for your keys, phone, or wallet again. This bowl should be near the door and have only the basics in it. It’s not a junk collector.

2) Make School Lunches at Night

Take 20 minutes and put together your children’s lunches the night before. You can even put snacks, like carrot sticks and mozzarella sticks into Ziploc bags for the whole week. Doing as much as you can, at once, will save you time later in the week.

3) Backpack Headaches Be Gone

While you’re watching a little TV at night, grab your children’s backpacks and go through them. Toss trash and make sure homework is in notebooks and that they have all of the essential supplies that they need, like pencils and erasers, for example.

4) Outfits to Smile Over

Avoid the stress of finding clothes for your children to wear in the morning, when you have so little time. If you can, choose an outfit with your child the night before, including shoes, socks and so on. With the clothes already chosen, that’s one less thing to worry about in the am.

5) The Locker

A friend of mine has three children and she wanted some way to battle the clutter created when they came home from school or activities. She bought upright lockers, labeled with each of her children’s names. They put all of their things in their lockers, when they get home.

You can find lockers at the Shelving Store, Jonti-Craft-Furniture, and Amazon.com.  Ikea and Pottery Barn also have a wide selection of cubbies, which is another good storage solution.

Be Prepared

Even if you can only use one or two of these strategies, I think that it will save you lots of time and headaches in the long run. 

This article is a guest post by Jessica Schanberg of Chicago based Pixel Peony. She is a computer savvy Personal Assistant and Personal Organizer/Graphic Designer. As an organizer, Jessica is adept at creating systems for her clients that help them to live better clutter-free lives in their environments.

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 10:44 PM