Week day mornings can be extremely hectic. It’s amazing how socks, shoes, briefcases, backpacks and other items necessary to start your day, mysteriously sprout legs and disappear when they’re needed most. This doesn’t have to be the case in your household. With a bit of organization, mornings can be smooth sailing. Try these tips:
1. Start Preparing For the Upcoming Week on the Weekend
Moms make this a family event. After the laundry is done, get started on the ironing. Iron at least 3 or 5 outfits for the upcoming week. Ironing in the mornings is one of the worst time wasters ever. This alone can add an extra 30 minutes to your morning. If you don’t want to spend time ironing on the weekends, at least iron the night before.
2. Bathe The Kids The Night Before
Our little ones can get a nice warm bath each night. Bathing kids in the mornings consumes a great deal of time and according to Grandma it’s the surest way for them to catch a cold.
3. Place All Necessary Items in The Same Place the Night Before
Have a certain place for backpacks, briefcases and other items you know the hubby and kids will need for the next day. Having a special designated spot for socks, undergarments, belts, and hair bows can also alleviate some of the usual morning chaos.
4. Pack Lunches the Night Before
Mom save yourself a lot of frustration. Prepare lunches the night before. Store them in the fridge. By lunch time everything will still be fresh and tasty.
5. Breakfast or Fast Break?
This is definitely a personal choice. However, if preparing breakfast and getting everyone to the table to partake is almost impossible there are other options. Keep fresh fruit such as bananas and fruit cups available for quick fixes in the morning. Cereal bars and breakfast bars can also be a way for getting in that most important meal of the day.
It’s not rocket science but finding ways to manage your time more efficiently in the mornings can definitely reduce the level of stress in the household.
Roschelle Nelson is the founder of Wah4life.com. She lives and works at home with her husband and two sons. Visit her website: http://www.wah4life.com and http://www.wah4life.blogspot.com