Tips for a stress free morning routine

Mornings are one of the busiest times in most households. Families need to wake up, get dressed and ready, eat , make lunches and tidy up all before leaving for work or school.

In most households mornings are also the times moms yell the most.

If you not screaming for someone to get up, or for everyone to get out the door, you’ve just been served a last minute cake sale notice and two kids who forgot it was test day.

So how do you ensure smoother Mornings?

Morning essentials

Here’s a list of things you can do to achieve morning harmony.

1. Pack all bags the night before. Handbags, school bags, baby nappy bags and laptop bags.
This way you would have checked all homework, pe clothing and consent forms are ready got the next day.

2. Allocate a special spot for bags and baskets. This way each person has a space and not only is it neat but there will be no hunting for missing items in the morning.

3. Put out your clothing and shoes for the next day . Always check the next days weather on a weather app to help with this.

4. Make and pack lunches the night before. This really does save a lot of time in the mornings, especially if you have a large family. I like each person to have a mini lunch cooler box this helps to keep lunches fresh over night and at work.

5. Take out the ingredients for the next nights meal from freezer and place in fridge to defrost. This way you can also check if you need to grab something on the way home.
Also always have one cooked meal ready to defrost and serve in case you work late, get stuck in traffic or an emergency comes up.

6. Get a family calendar. On this you can write everyone’s activities so no one forgets of makes extra plans. Everyone will be able to see the schedule. It’s also a good idea to use a different colour marker for each family member. Using Google calendar is great as it sends a reminder straight to your phone.

7. Keep the kitchen clean. There is nothing worse than waking up or coming home to a dirty kitchen.

8. Get the morning coffee/tea set up the night before by preparing everything. Check you have milk and the sugar bowl is full. If you take coffee or tea with you on the drive to work have your travel mug ready.

9. Keep a basket next to your bed with essentials to grab in the morning. Car keys, house keys, sunglasses, purse, medication,ect.

10. Plug your cell phone in at night and have a spare charger in your bag incase you have forgotten to charge your phone.

11. Shower or bath in the evening. This saves time in the morning.

12. Do your laundry and neaten your house daily after work. If you keep everything up to date there will be less to do and you will also have more free time over the weekends.

13. Relax. Take some time to read, watch tv or relax with your favourite hobby. Stressed moms are not happy moms.

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