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How to Manage Mornings | Tips to Simplify Mom’s Morning Routine

If you’ve hung around my little corner of the interwebs for a while… you know that prior to my graduation my life kept up a momentously tiring pace. To be completely honest (and truly not just tooting my own horn) I don’t know how I did it myself. When Jace started VPK last year it added a whole-nother levelΒ of complicated to my morning routines. Previously, I had to get only myself ready while I played something musical/colorful on tv for the kids. Now, I had to get Jace fed and ready as well.Tips to Simplify Mom's Morning Routine

Also, my husband works nights. This means that he is as good as not home at all for our morning operations. Even if I did need him, he sleeps like the dead. No seriously, you CANNOT wake him.

Now that Jace is in kindergarten, we’ve got to get ready FIVE days a week. I know, I know, VPK was five days a week too, but for some reason kindergarten feels a bit more serious. VPK was for 2.5 hours. Kindergarten is an all day affair. There are lunches to be made, outfits to be matched, socks to be found (because kindergarten is a no sandals allowed zone,) and basically just a TON more organization to be mastered on my part.

This is one dimension where the working moms have out mastered those of those of us that don’t. For them, this is an old song and dance. (Okay, I have always worked. But definitely not full time.) For me though (and many mommas) this is an entirely NEW dance. The routine has actually sort of spilled over into other aspects of my life as well, it’s kind of a major game changer for me. πŸ˜‰ Β Here is what I’ve found to make things WAY easier.

DO THE LAUNDRY

I know, I know. I cringe too. But seriously, it’s become so much easier with the school routine. I do each child’s laundry on the weekend, and then there is like astronomically LESS laundry to wash and fold compared to when I would just let them wear basically every item of clothing that they owned before being forced to wash their overflowing laundry baskets. (Who would have thought, right?) haha! This step also makes it extremely easy to prepare Jace’s school outfits for the week, because I can make sure that all of his “school clothes” is clean and put away. This eliminates another potentially painful morning struggle.

PREPARE THE GROCERY LIST

I have never been a “list maker.” I find that rigid schedules and todo lists freak me out…because then when plans go awry (as they always do with kids and work,) things just end up feeling even more crazy. It’s probably one of the reasons organization isn’t my strong suit. πŸ˜‰ But I have found that it totally helps in regards to grocery shopping for lunch items. Jace is extremely picky, so I knew I’d be making his lunch daily, but I also like for his meals to be nutritional. Having a list (at least a mental one) of items that are A.) on sale, B.) healthy, and C.) Picky Jace approved to keep stocked at home has made making his lunches infinitely easier. Also, maybe I will find other applicable life situations for these “lists” my “type-A” friends keep going on about. πŸ˜‰

DO IT THE NIGHT BEFORE

Tips to Simplify Mom's Morning Routine

Seriously LOVE these Rubbermaid containers.

I totally understand if this one makes you cringe as well. Some nights, I work until 11pm. But I have accepted the fact that I will never be a morning person, and that things will always run smoother for me if I don’t have to do it in the morning. So I always prep Jace’s lunch, backpack, outfit, and anything else… before I go to bed. That way, I literally only have to make him breakfast when we wake up. Then, since his clothes are already laid out; he can brush his teeth and dress himself. This leaves me all the free time to get myself dressed.

Admittedly, the one thing I really need to get better at doing the night before is washing and setting up my coffee machine. I have a fancy coffee machine that is glorious and grinds the beans for me, making ultra fresh coffee every morning…but there are a lot of pieces to wash as a result. #annoying And honestly, I skip this nightly step sometimes; but then I pay for it each morning.

These might seem like obvious tips (tips have a strange way of being obvious, don’t they?) But I have found that actually applying them has made getting Jace ready for school and myself ready for the day or work simultaneously SO much easier. By giving him a set routine he is able to get most of his tasks done on his own, since I have already set most of it up for him. And when he is pleasant and relaxed in the morning… so is Mom.

Do you have a morning routine?! What works best for you?

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  • Thanks for the fabulous tips! I have a baby on the way and my life is about to drastically change. These tips were so helpful!

    xo,
    Alice at Lone Star Looking Glass

    • Yes it is!!! But it’s the coolest change ever. πŸ˜‰ Congratulations!

  • Thanks for the fabulous tips! I have a baby on the way and my life is about to drastically change. These tips were so helpful!

    xo,
    Alice at Lone Star Looking Glass

    • Yes it is!!! But it’s the coolest change ever. πŸ˜‰ Congratulations!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    I’m not at the point of school-aged kids, but my mom always made our lunches the night before, and when we were in high school, we made ours the night before. It’sa HUGE time saver.

  • Lindsay Katherine

    I’m not at the point of school-aged kids, but my mom always made our lunches the night before, and when we were in high school, we made ours the night before. It’sa HUGE time saver.

    • SO huge. You’re little will be school aged before you know it!!

  • Sometimes you need to be reminded that simple tips can make our days so much better. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Sometimes you need to be reminded that simple tips can make our days so much better. Thanks for sharing!

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  • These are great tips! My oldest started kindergarten last year, and now this year, my twins go to preschool too. It’s been a rough week! But, preparing at night is definitely key for us. And laundry! Ugh. Does it ever end?

    • LAUNDRY is the bane of my existence. hahaha. And I KNOW we are not alone here.

  • These are great tips! My oldest started kindergarten last year, and now this year, my twins go to preschool too. It’s been a rough week! But, preparing at night is definitely key for us. And laundry! Ugh. Does it ever end?

    • LAUNDRY is the bane of my existence. hahaha. And I KNOW we are not alone here.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Love these! I always feel better about my day when I have made preparations the day before! Thank you for sharing these!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Love these! I always feel better about my day when I have made preparations the day before! Thank you for sharing these!

  • Casey Oakley Bennevault

    Whew! I feel better knowing that I do these things already:) The biggest one for me is “do it the night before.” I lay out the kids clothes, pack lunch boxes, prepare book bags, and even plan breakfast the night before because other wise I know we will be late!!!

  • Casey Oakley Bennevault

    Whew! I feel better knowing that I do these things already:) The biggest one for me is “do it the night before.” I lay out the kids clothes, pack lunch boxes, prepare book bags, and even plan breakfast the night before because other wise I know we will be late!!!

    • Yes! Im basically useless in the morning, it’s sad. haha

  • Packing lunches the night before is key! If I don’t I most likely won’t bring lunch with me to work.

  • Packing lunches the night before is key! If I don’t I most likely won’t bring lunch with me to work.

  • You nailed it, those are the three things I do. Grocery shopping on Friday after work or Saturday. Sunday I cook for the ENTIRE WEEK (including making smoothies for breakfast the whole week ahead and overnight oatmeal, lunches and dinners), and Sundays I do laundry!

    But… the one area I could improve is even though I make all my food ahead of time, I need to get better at packaging it all in the containers ahead of time.

    • Well Im impressed with how on the ball you are anyway! I can’t imagine knowing what I want to eat for an entire week on Sunday? lol. Although I plan to try after this baby is born so I can lose some weight!

  • You nailed it, those are the three things I do. Grocery shopping on Friday after work or Saturday. Sunday I cook for the ENTIRE WEEK (including making smoothies for breakfast the whole week ahead and overnight oatmeal, lunches and dinners), and Sundays I do laundry!

    But… the one area I could improve is even though I make all my food ahead of time, I need to get better at packaging it all in the containers ahead of time.

    • Well Im impressed with how on the ball you are anyway! I can’t imagine knowing what I want to eat for an entire week on Sunday? lol. Although I plan to try after this baby is born so I can lose some weight!

  • Lori Lyons Luhrman

    Oh man, having school-age kids is even crazier sometimes! I still have a toddler so sometimes we are both still in our pjs at 9:00! I will definitely keep your tips in mind as we transition to busier mornings. Thanks!

    • For me, toddlers were always easier. They’re their own type of crazy but at least you can stay home and sip coffee in your jammies amidst the crazy. haha.

  • Lori Lyons Luhrman

    Oh man, having school-age kids is even crazier sometimes! I still have a toddler so sometimes we are both still in our pjs at 9:00! I will definitely keep your tips in mind as we transition to busier mornings. Thanks!

    • For me, toddlers were always easier. They’re their own type of crazy but at least you can stay home and sip coffee in your jammies amidst the crazy. haha.

  • Shani Ogden

    My oldest is still in preschool just a couple of days a week and I have a toddler as well so those mornings are definitely more crazy than the others. But I have noticed that even if I do something as simple as giving baths the night before, it makes our morning so much better!

    • I do AS MUCH as possible the night before. haha. I’m a useless person in the morning.

  • Shani Ogden

    My oldest is still in preschool just a couple of days a week and I have a toddler as well so those mornings are definitely more crazy than the others. But I have noticed that even if I do something as simple as giving baths the night before, it makes our morning so much better!

    • I do AS MUCH as possible the night before. haha. I’m a useless person in the morning.

  • What good reminders! I always try to tidy the night before so I start off fresh each day but I need to work on prepping food for the next day too. πŸ™‚

  • What good reminders! I always try to tidy the night before so I start off fresh each day but I need to work on prepping food for the next day too. πŸ™‚

    • I need to work on tidying the night before, so it’s fair. πŸ˜‰

  • Tineke F

    Great tips! Morning rush hours are crazy for all of us when the littles start kindergarten, working mom or not….

  • Tineke F

    Great tips! Morning rush hours are crazy for all of us when the littles start kindergarten, working mom or not….

  • Brittany Dyer

    Great tips! Mornings are so hard!
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  • Brittany Dyer

    Great tips! Mornings are so hard!
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  • Samantha

    Love these tips! Setting up the coffee maker the night before has been a total game-changer for me. I’m a lot less likely to lay around in bed if I’ve already got my coffee waiting for me. πŸ™‚

  • Samantha

    Love these tips! Setting up the coffee maker the night before has been a total game-changer for me. I’m a lot less likely to lay around in bed if I’ve already got my coffee waiting for me. πŸ™‚

    • yes!! If I could just get myself together enough to wash all those part each night!!

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