Friday, August 24, 2012

13 Ways To Make Getting Out The Door Easier


I am always looking for the most efficient way to do something. Getting my 2 young kids out the door was a challenge me. They just don't share my same sense of urgency when it comes to getting to places on time. 

As my kids get older I know some of these things will be unnecessary, but for my 3 and 5 year-olds this works perfectly. It keeps them involved, gives them some responsibility and accountability, but limits the number of things that can suck the time out of our mornings.



1. Check the weather. Don't just assume you know the temperature, you don't want to have to change outfits, find a jacket, search for rain boots or an umbrella just because you didn't take 2 minutes to check the weather the night before. Plus, you may have to adjust travel times due to snow or ice.

2. Get clothes ready the night before. This also includes any uniforms or clothing for any extra activities (swimming, dance, etc.).

My kids help choose what they are going to wear the night before. This way the next morning they can just get themselves dressed without any argument about what they are wearing. They have learned that once the morning rolls around, you don't get to change your mind about what you are wearing.

3. Make snacks and lunches the night before. This includes beverages and any on-the-go snacks your family may need for after-school activities.

4. Check homework the night before. You don't want your child to forgo breakfast because they didn't do their homework, plus it will show them you care.

5. Pack bags (backpacks, purses, diaper bags, etc.) the night before. This includes any bags for extra activities, and any entertainment for siblings.

 

6. Choose and make/prep breakfast the night before. This can mean premaking pancake batter so you just have to cook it, making sure there is enough of something before you make promises to your kids, or as simple as setting out dishes for breakfast.

7. Keep an extra set of oral care items downstairs. This limits distractions for my kids. I can't tell you the number of times I send my kids upstairs to do something and they get distracted and start playing with something.

8. Keep an extra set of hair care items downstairs. Even though I choose a hair accessory for my daughter when I pick out her clothes the night before, sometimes they go missing or get broken in the morning. My son really enjoys breaking my daughter's headbands for some reason, so keeping some plain clips and headbands near by always comes in handy. Plus I usually have to comb my son's hair as he is walking out the door or he turns it into a mess.


9. Keep a laundry basket downstairs. I don't let my kids get dressed until after they eat and brush their teeth, just in case they make a mess. There is no point in doing something twice. This usually means they get dressed downstairs, so we keep an extra laundry basket downstairs to coral their dirty clothes. This also helps with activities, because as I am cleaning up dinner my daughter can get her dance outfit on and put her dirty clothes in the laundry basket.

11. Put a sticker that is cut in half in your toddler's shoes. This way they can put their shoes on the correct foot by themselves.


12. Create a spot for out the door items (keys, sunglasses, wallet, etc.). 


13. Don't forget to do  the applicable items for yourself too. Mornings will not be calm for anyone if mom and dad are running around and frantically looking for things.


Are there any things that you do that help getting out of the house easier?



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17 comments:

  1. Great tips! As a Mum of 5 people think I have it together...I'm a morning mess I need to put some of these into practice!

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    1. Thanks! Amazing that you are a mother 5!!! I hope this helps make your mornings a little smoother.

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  2. Fantastic! I only have the one (and the husband) but the mornings are quite an adventure. Thanks so much for sharing at our pin'inspiration party last week. You are a feature this week C:

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  3. I am IN LOVE with #11. What a fantastic idea. These are all great but that one is going to save me at least 7 minutes every day. THANK YOU!

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    1. Thanks! #11 has saves me so much time too :) Thanks for stopping by!!

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  4. I love #2...but I always change my mind about what I wear in the morning! Thankfully, the kids are grown and gone, so I only have to fuss at myself! Great tips. :)

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    1. I almost always change my mind too, but for the kids it is set in stone...LOL

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  5. Thank You so much for these wonderful ideas. I am sharing some on my latest blog.

    http://simpleplanner.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/simple-easy-self-help-skills-helpers/

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    1. Thanks and Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I *love* the sticker in the shoes trick, thank you for sharing! I just pinned it :)

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    1. Thanks for pinning it and for stopping by!

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  7. I am a mom of 2 girls. I have put together a hair tote. I put all the things I would need for their hair in the tote. While they are eating breakfast (I know it probably isn't very sanitary but it helps save my sanity :)), I do their hair. It saves me so much time doing it this way! I got a couple ideas from your list too! Thank you!

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    1. I do my daughter's hair while she eats too. It is the only time she ever sits still...LOL!

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  8. your shoe stickers are flipping genius. I am off to buy some suitable stickers right now. I can't believe that is not a thing in all kids shoes - you'd think manufacturers would love that idea.

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    1. Thanks! These silly stickers totally save my sanity when I'm trying to get my kids out the door!

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  9. I just pinned the sticker shoes, too. My 4-year-old still gets confused. If he gets his shoes on himself, I don't change them. He hasn't complained, yet. I want him to have a sense of accomplishment, but this trick will save his little feet!

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