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Morning time can be the most stressful time of the day when heading back to school. Everyone is tired, everyone is crabby, and you are typically in a hurry to get everyone out of the house on time. This year, don’t let the mornings defeat you. Instead, give these simple time-saving back-to-school morning tips a try! You will see that morning can be much smoother, simpler, and efficient when you give these few tips a try. Take a look!
Time-Saving Back to School Morning Tips:
1. Give yourself a cushion.
Always factor in about 20 extra minutes each morning in case you hit a bump. If you need to be out of the house by 7:30, and typically wake up at 6:30, try waking at 6:10 instead. This cushion will come in handy should you run across any glitches that may hold you up.
2. Make a visual schedule.
Create a morning schedule on a poster board and display it where everyone can see it. This visual tool will let everyone know what they can expect each morning and in what amount of time each task should be done.
3. Prepare some items the evening before.
There are so many tasks you can complete the night before to save yourself some time. Layout clothing items so they are wrinkle-free and ready to be put on. You can also pack lunches and place them in the fridge so you just grab them and go. These two tasks alone done ahead of time will save you tons of time! You can even try showering the evening before and ironing clothing the evening before.
4. Place items by the front door.
Jackets, shoes, and backpacks should all be placed by the front door so they are the last thing you are grabbing when you are heading out. This way you are not rummaging for lost shoes, lost coats, lost school work, etc. Don’t forget to put your keys by the front door too.
5. Keep some morning supplies in the car.
Some tasks can be completed by your children on the way to school. Keep a basket of hairbrushes, tissues, skin lotion, lint brushes, and other toiletries so if you need to touch up or finish up a task on the way to school, you can!
6. Set clothes aside for the days of the week
Check the weather forecast and then set clothes aside for each day of the week. You can have a special storage set with at least five drawers/shelves that you can label with each day of the week. You wouldn’t have to worry about digging through the drawers to find shirts, pants, and other garments for your children. Everything is already sorted and ready. This is the BEST of these back-to-school morning tips!
7. Prepare breakfast meals and freeze them
Make different breakfasts that you can freeze and serve in the mornings with ease. You can prepare pancakes from scratch, breakfast sandwiches, and even breakfast casseroles consisting of eggs, cheese, and your favorite breakfast meat. Once you’ve prepared these foods, carefully wrap them, place them in the freezer, and quickly reheat them in the morning to have a fresh and delicious breakfast ready for your family to enjoy.
8. Have a timer set for tasks
Set a timer for the tasks your children will complete in the morning, such as brushing their teeth, taking a shower, and getting dressed. It’s good to have a timer because you don’t want the kids wasting time playing around in the bathroom instead of brushing their teeth and getting ready for the day. Be sure to give each child a reasonable amount of time to complete the tasks, and consider extra time for younger children who tend to take longer to do certain things.
9. Get a hanging rack for the backpacks
If your children are often running back upstairs to grab their backpacks or looking around the living room because they don’t remember the last spot they put the backpacks, save yourself the frustration and headache that come along with that. Place hooks by the front door and have your children hang their backpacks on them. Label each hook with a child’s name so that they know where to put their backpack.
Offer help when it’s needed
Even if you’re running around trying to get things done in the morning, make sure you’re available to help when it’s needed. For example, your younger children may need help with putting their shoes on or tying their shoelaces. Older children may still need help with their hair in the morning. The help that you provide will help the children get things done at a faster pace.
Have children take a bath the night before
Consider having some or all your children take baths the night before school. They will wear their pajamas but can apply their deodorant, lotion, and anything else they normally wear at night. If you have a child who frequently sweats or is going through puberty and dealing with body changes, you can let that child take a shower in the morning to keep themselves smelling fresh.
When you follow these back-to-school morning tips you will find that mornings can run much more smoothly and efficiently! Give them a try this school year and see what a difference they make for your family.