School’s back in session. Although this means you’ll get to enjoy some peace and quiet while the kids are in class or participating in after-school activities, it also means your mornings will be more chaotic.
Here are five tips to help you streamline your morning routine and get everyone out the door on time.
1. Organize your closets
When you’re in a hurry, an organized closet can be a lifesaver. Consider different storage solutions for your bedroom and the kid’s rooms.
A hanging shoe rack, specialized hangers or custom closet organizers can help you store items strategically. They often provide flexibility as well.
2. Create a designated place for your keys
How many times have you been late because of a lost set of keys? Install a hook next to the door or designate a kitchen drawer to store your keys.
Then you’ll always know where they are and won’t have to spend mornings frantically searching.
3. Design your bedroom to promote sleep
It’s hard to be productive and efficient in the morning when you and the kids are feeling groggy. Make sure everyone is well-rested by considering bedroom colours, mattresses and other factors that may be hindering your sleep.
It’s often recommended to keep technology out of the bedroom, which can affect the quality of your sleep.
4. Keep the mudroom tidy
If you keep shoes, coats, winter accessories and umbrellas in the mudroom, it’s important to keep it organized. Just like closet organization, a tidy mudroom will make locating items a breeze.
Consider adding a custom cabinet in your entryway, complete with hooks, drawers and shelves where you and the kids can store your outdoor apparel.
5. Prepare the night before
The kids might have driven you crazy all summer, but soon you’ll be cherishing the mornings when you have time to spend with them. Make those moments last longer by preparing what you can the night before.
For example, you can pack lunches, put together outfits and plan tomorrow’s morning meal ahead of time.
Mornings before getting your kids off to school don’t have to be complete chaos. Streamline your morning routine to spend less time getting ready and more time with the kids.