Morning times in some households can become frantic and fast. That’s because you have different people who all have their own way of things and everyone is trying to do their own thing. You can create an easier morning with a few of these simple tips.
The Night Before
You won’t believe how much time it saves doing things the night before. Before you go to bed or a little while before that you should complete a check list. On this list should be refilling backpacks with what needs to go to school, set the coffee pot up so all you need to do is push a button. Have your clothes laid out and waiting in a certain spot. Make sure your children follow suit as well. They can decide on their breakfast the night before and have the non perishable items out; their clothes can also be laid out. Shoes can be placed by their coats and backpacks. Just by doing these few things, you will save a lot of time. If my family didn’t do all these things the night before, there would be no way that anyone would ever get out the door on time. It just wouldn’t happen with 5 people living in this small house.
Post large calendars in a central area where everyone can view it. Make it a habit to check this calendar every morning. Make sure your children also get in this habit. When everyone gets home from school and work, make sure important dates are wrote on this calendar as well. This way everyone knows what one another are doing. The big wipe on and off calendars work great for this, especially if you have children who are involved in activities, because things always change around with them.
Even if you have to leave a little bit later; it’s always nice for the parents to get up first. You can enjoy a cup of coffee and wake up before the madness begins. Even if its only 10 minutes early, it will still make a large impact on your mornings. You can be dressed and sipping coffee.
Besides checking the weather real quick, I would try and avoid turning the TV on at all in the mornings. This is because it doesn’t matter what is on the TV; everyone will stop what they are doing at least a few times in the morning to watch the TV. It could be an interesting commercial and doesn’t even have to be the program you are trying to watch. After you stop a few different times at the TV, you will see that it sets everyone behind in the mornings. Watch the news when you first wake up before anyone else in the house wakes up and then shut it off so there is no more time for the TV. If you like to watch the news, then watch it the night before or Tivo it.