I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1b NKJV
One thing I hear a lot of moms say is that they have an excuse to be late because they have kids. While it does make it understandable at times, I myself can’t stand to be late. I feel like I’ve missed out on something. If I’m late to a practice or a meeting, I feel like I need to apologize over and over…and over.
When I first became a mom I struggled to get it together in the morning especially. After I had my second baby I had an even harder time. Because I wanted to be considerate of other people’s time I decided to make a plan. It has evolved quite a bit, and now that my kids are in school it is essential! Here are a few things that have a permanent place in my routine and are imperative to making our morning routine both time efficient and less stressful.
1.) Get your ducks in a row.
Check the weather the night before. Just a couple days ago we walked out to leave just to find that it had reached freezing the night before. We were running right on time, but scraping the windows definitely put us behind!
Have your kids put every single thing they need for the next day by the door you will leave from. (I usually check my youngers bags to be sure they did it.)
I pick my kids’ outfits out for the week (or more) as I’m putting their laundry away. I put socks and underwear with them, so all they have to do is grab matching shoes. Because I’ve had several mornings where kids can’t find shoes, I now have them pick the outfit they will wear the next day and put the shoes with it.
2.) Know more than just time you are supposed to be somewhere. Here is how I determine the time I need to get up in the morning:
Time I need to arrive at 7:15
Now take away the time it takes to:
- Get to kids’ school -10 minutes
- Load kids in car-5 minutes
- Do morning chores-10 minutes
- Fix and eat breakfast/Fix Lunches-20 minutes
- Get kids up and dressed head to toe-20 minutes
- Have morning coffee by myself-10 minutes
- Shower and get dressed-30 minutes
1 Hour and 45 minutes
Wakeup time= 5:30
This is my routine on school mornings. It varies a little bit depending on what else we have going on that morning.
3.) Do as much as possible the night before. If I’m wanting to wake up later (and who wouldn’t?!!) I take things from the morning list and do them the night before. For example, if I want 30 extra minutes of sleep in the morning I will take a shower, fix lunches the night before. I would also skip my morning coffee time, and possibly choose a quicker breakfast option for my kids.
Here are a few things I prefer to do the night before:
- Note the ipod dock in the background. We like to turn up the tunes in the morning! Nothing like a dance party to wake you up:)
Sit out everything you need for the next morning
Make breakfast ahead of time
Fill up all clean sippy cups
Pack diaper bag
Lay out my outfit
Everybody has days when no matter how much they have prepared they end up running late. It happens! I hope these suggestions will help it happen less often.
Leave us a comment and let us know how you make it out the door on time!