Mornings are kind of rough around my home. Three girls (ages 9, 4, and 1) and I must share one bathroom to get ready. I’m not really a morning person at all, sleeping in until the last minute possible, so we get ready FAST.
Here’s a few tips I’ve learned over the years for getting out the door faster.
- Wake the slowest first, let the easier-rising ones sleep in. This works for us. I wake up my 9yo first because she takes forever to get around in the morning. The baby (she’s 18 months old) only requires a diaper change, hair and tooth brushing, and putting on a new outfit. If I wake her up before the older ones are ready, she gets into everything and distracts the older girls from getting around without interruption.
- Pre-plan outfits. Some kids need this and some don’t. My 9yo used to ask me every morning what she should wear. I’d get frustrated. Literally, one morning I said to her, “What do you mean!? Just pick out some clothes and get ready! What are you, two? Your 4yo sister doesn’t even make me dress her!” And while I was at work that day, I felt guilty for being so rude to her… and realized that she was one of those kids that need to plan out a week’s worth of clothing at a time. So, that’s what we do on Saturday nights. (Or Friday afternoons if she goes to her dad’s for the weekend.) Search on Pinterest for some ideas on storing a week’s worth of pre-sorted clothing.
- Don’t shower in the morning if you don’t want to. This is 2017 and there are so many products out there for maintaining style and cleanliness without bathing daily (like dry shampoo!). Skipping a shower once or twice a week promotes softer skin, reduces skin irritations, and conserves water. Obviously, you may not want take this advice too far and go all grunge-style and stop bathing all together. If you don’t believe me on this, check out this article where Dr. Joshua Zeichner and Dr. Ranella Hirsch chime in with their opinions on overshowering amongst Americans. (Other sources here: Essence)
- Bathe the kids after school or before bed. I honestly prefer to take my showers in the afternoon, too.
- Take your makeup with your and apply it later, after your kids are out of your space. Or skip it all together. I used to find it much easier to take my foundation, eyeshadow, liner, and mascara to work with me and get ready in the bathroom there. It gave me an extra five minutes to sleep in the morning, and solved the problem of my toddlers pulling everything out of the drawers and throwing things in the toilet while I was applying my makeup. This doesn’t work in all offices, but if it can work for you, go for it. Please don’t apply your makeup while driving.
- Keep your a couple pairs of the younger kids’ socks by the door. My former mornings went like this: everybody’s dressed, everyone’s getting their shoes on. But then I’d have to run back into the baby’s room because I forgot her socks. Then I’d have to run to my 4yo’s room because even though I’d grabbed her socks earlier, I’d have probably set them down in the kitchen or something. So, I started making sure 1-2 pairs of socks for each kid are in the basket I keep by the front door that holds our hats and gloves. Problem solved; time saved.
What steps do you do to take to ensure you make it out the door on time in the mornings?
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