Do you ever have that morning where you get out of bed a few minutes late, you’re putting on makeup as quickly as you can, throwing something on (it’s not the best outfit, but at least it matches), and packing lunch, all while telling your child or children over and over to hurry and finish breakfast, get dressed, and brush teeth.
Then, you throw on your jacket, grab your keys — you’re only a few minutes behind schedule, so you can probably slip into your desk before your boss even notices — and you turn around to find that your obedient little cherub is still in his freaking PAJAMAS (ahhhhh!). Yep, I have mornings like that too . . . like five days a week. I’d like to tell you that I have tips on how to handle this all in stride, and that I’ve never told my son out of frustration, “Mommy is going to get fired because you didn’t get dressed quickly enough, and then we’re going to lose our house and have to live in a tent,” to which he quickly replied, “We can just go live with Nana and Papa.” Really, kid? You threw a tantrum the other day when I gave you the socks with one stripe instead of two stripes, but you’re going to choose now to be rational?
I’d like to say that I have these amazing tips that will help prevent you from ever experiencing this again. And for those of you who are thinking, well why don’t you just get up earlier and your problems will be solved, I’m tired. I have tried and tried to get up earlier, and it works for a few days, but it just doesn’t last. So if there is anyone out there whose morning are like mine, here are a few things I’ve learned that help get me out the door on time (or maybe only a few minutes late).
1. Prepare breakfast and lunch the night before. If you can’t fully prepare everything, at least set out the dishes, the coffee mug, etc. on the counter, where they are easily accessible, so you don’t have to go digging through the cupboards. Prepare your coffee, as well, so that all you have to do is push a button, unless you have one of those fancy machines where you can preset
the time – then do that instead!
2. Pick out your clothes and your children’s clothes (and iron, if necessary) the night or weekend before, and set them aside. How many times have you wasted precious minutes just staring at the clothes in your closet?
3. Pack all backpacks, bags, and purses the night before and set them near the door, along with your keys. Make sure you know where your keys are!
4. Make a “Getting Ready” checklist for your kids to follow in the morning. You
can tie in a rewards system with this as well.
5. Do this even when you’re tired and all you want to do is go to bed. Prepare
for the morning, anyway. You’ll be glad you did.
To Step It Up
1. Pick out all 5 outfits for the week, at least for your kids. Don’t forget the underwear and the socks. I use the little organizer cubes you can put in a drawer. When I’m folding laundry, I place 5 outfits aside, place each one in an organizer cube, and set them aside. My son loves having the freedom to pick the cube he wants to get dressed from that day, and I love saving a few minutes in the morning not having to grab his clothes for him.
2. Plan and prep meals on the weekend. When I am on top of my game, I will start the week with 5 days of breakfast smoothies in my freezer, 5 days of lunches packed in my refrigerator, and 3-5 nights of dinner ready to be thrown in the microwave or oven on a busy weeknight.
If all else fails, just remember that you’re not alone. There are frantic, working moms everywhere. And according to those with kids who are out of the house, someday you’ll miss this period of your life. Ya, I’m not sure if I will ever miss that panicky feeling while sitting in traffic, either. But hey, what do I know? My point, though, is if you can prepare yourself the night before, even a little, it can help your morning run just a little more smoothly. You’ve got this!
written by Kassie Mora