Let’s discuss morning routines. I don’t know about you, but at our house, weekday morning are about the most chaotic and frustrating time of day. And not just one in a while…nope…every. Single. Day. Even after years of practice and everyone having pretty much the same schedule, mornings that run smooth and have zero issues are like finding a majestic unicorn at the end of a rainbow next to your pot of gold; not likely but we hold out hope. Basically we’re just not good at being morning people and all firmly believe that the world should not be open for business until at least 10am. Ya feel me now?
Busy Morning Life Hacks
1. Prep as much you can the night before. I try to pick out school and work clothes and have everything laid out the night before. If there’s going to be an argument or meltdown about clothes, at least maybe you can avoid it happening in the mornings. Also, if you have a programmable coffee pot, use it. You can a least get caffeinated before the day gets started. If your hair type and schedule allow, consider taking a shower the night before.
2. No time for a shower the night before? No worries. There’s this little miracle in a can out there called dry shampoo. It’s a lifesaver on those days where you’re already running late or maybe you just don’t care, but either way, dry shampoo can help your tresses look fresh and clean even if you’re on day 3 of the longest week ever.
3. I don’t know about you, but I suspect that I’m not the only one who has kids that are easily distracted by the TV or that firmly believe they will perish without their cell phone or tablet. I’m a pretty lenient parent as far as that is concerned as long as they’re behaving, doing well in school, etc. BUT I do say nope to TV and other devices in the morning while everyone is getting ready and trying to get out the door. They listen better and move with a purpose because they aren’t distracted. Helps keep mom’s blood pressure down and no tardy’s for them.
4. This kind of goes back to #1 and being prepared, but designating a staging area in your home can shave some time off of your exit. Put everything that everyone needs for the day, backpacks, coats, purses, keys, etc. all at a central point the evening before. You’ll be less likely to forget or not be able to find something than if you wait until the last minute.
5. One word: Portability. Even if everything goes smoothly, it might be rare to have the time to have actual breakfast every morning, but as we all know that’s the most important meal of the day. I found my solution to this at WalMart. A fast, portable, breakfast. Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles®. I’m not even kidding when I say they’re delicious and only two minutes in the microwave.
No powdered egg – legit real egg in these bad boys. And if you’re trying to make healthier choices, as I am, these are keto friendly!! I honestly can’t seem to keep enough in the fridge anymore between hubby taking them to work, an everyone grabbing them in the mornings! Thanks to breakfast, no matter how chaotic my morning gets, I’ll be able to power through it and get on with my day no matter where I am.
How do you keep mornings running smooth at your house? What tips do you have for others on this struggle bus? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!!