I wish I could have an "I Dream of Jeanne" moment, nod my head, blink my eyes and "poof" everyone is dressed, fed and ready to go.
Until I can make that happen, here's what I do to stay sane in the mornings.
Planning ahead is key. The night before work/school, I plan everything!
I do a lot of my work the night before, especially since my husband isn't around most mornings.
I lay out the boys' clothes so that they don't wander around naked wondering what to wear...and I can make sure it all matches! (luckily, they wear uniforms so I don't have much thinking to do)
I pack lunches; the dry stuff goes straight into the lunch boxes, drinks and sandwiches go in the refrigerator (mine too!). If I plan to send something hot, I place their Thermos cans by the microwave to remind myself to do that first when we get downstairs.
|Dry cereal in bags...ready to go!|
I make sure all backpacks are packed and ready. I actually sit them in front of the door so that the kids can't miss them on the way out.
I even put my coffee cup in the Tassimo machine with a cartridge ready in the pod, so all I have to do is press start in the morning! Every little bit helps us get out of the house quicker.
FYI, if I wasn't so worried about bugs, I would totally have toothpaste on their toothbrushes the night before...but I guess I have to draw the line somewhere!
I guess most would think it would be easier on the days when my husband is around...WRONG! He ruins our "flow." An extra person adds a kink in our well-oiled machine....although I wouldn't mind a little help!
What do you do to stay sane in the morning?