October 20, 2016
*While reading this post please start playing Manic Monday by The Bangles in your head. Thank you*
We have recently moved and I went from a 10 minute commute to a 60 minute commute. It is exactly one hour from when I pull out of my driveway to the time I sit down at my desk. This includes taking the kids to daycare and dealing with the morning rush hour traffic. We really only live 30 minutes away but that is a straight shot with no stops, which doesn’t happen often.
I have had to really tighten up the morning routine in order to get us all out the door on time with teeth brushed and both shoes on. If any of you have to deal with wrangling young kids up in the morning I’m sure you know it can be challenging to say the least…throw a dog in the mix and it can be just downright crazy! Here are a few of the tricks I have learned to help get us out the door on time.
Plan out EASY breakfasts.
This is one point I cannot stress enough. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. My kids love pancakes and my Healthy Freezer Pancakes are a lifesaver. I just take a couple out and put them in the toaster oven. Put some fresh fruit on the side and there you have it, a healthy breakfast in less than 5 minutes. You can also make or buy frozen waffles. I sometimes buy the Vans organic frozen waffles and have them on hand to switch things up. Another fast breakfast option is cereal. I really like Love Grown cereal, and so do my kids. They have cereals made from lentil, navy, and garbanzo beans! Amazing!! Also, this cereal is available at our local Kroger or you can get it here on Amazon. So having a quick breakfast available to help power everyone through the day is key. I normally do not eat until I get to work. I just toss one of my frozen breakfast burritos or some yogurt and granola in my bag then head out the door. This is easily a 10-15 minute time saver.
ALWAYS pack lunches the day before.
Trying to figure out what to pack, looking for sippy cups, having clean lunch boxes…ugh I am tired just thinking about it. Packing lunches is one of those daily tasks that can get really frustrating. I try to make the kids lunches pretty fun for the most part, but there are days where they just get dinner leftovers. This is fine, it works for us. But the point is to have this done the night before. That way all you have to do is put the packed lunches in their lunchboxes and head out the door. This is an easy 15-20 minute time saver.
Get up and ready first.
I try really hard to get up and get myself ready before everyone else wakes up. Normally I only need about 30 minutes. Why do I only need 30 minutes you ask? I take a shower in the evening. This is a definite time saver. On those days when I over sleep because I just don’t feel like getting up, being showered the night before saves me from being late. I am one of those people that have to shower every 24 hours or my hair turns into an oil slick. Rocking that greasy haired – I may smell a little so stay back – look to work is not an option. This is definitely a 15-20 minute time saver.
Pick out work clothes for the week on Sunday.
Getting all your laundry done on the weekend and then picking out 5 work outfits will make your life so much easier! Mornings will be a breeze when you are not rushing around with wet hair trying to find that blue blouse, your other shoe, or ironing your pants! Oh man, do I HATE ironing. I bought this Conair Fabric Steamer and have not ironed anything since. It is so much faster and works so much better. BYE FELICIA…my iron is not missed! I just make sure to only put distilled water in my steamer; this keeps it working beautifully time and time again. 1 gallon of distilled water is 89 cents at our local Kroger and that will last you months.
There are all types of organizational setups to organize your work clothes in your closet. I have seen people make cute hanger tags with the days of the week on them, or even designating a section of their closet for work attire. I do not have a closet big enough for this. I did however find these awesome collapsible hangers that will hold a week’s worth of outfits. This not only saves room in my closet but it really helps keep me on track in the mornings. Just pick out 5 outfits and then put them in their designated slot. When morning comes, open up the hanger and pick out what you feel like wearing! DONE!! This is at least a 10 minute time saver but realistically probably 20.
I hope these tricks help you get out the door on time! Do you have any morning time savers?? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!
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