Rise & Shine! 10 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine

Get Ready & Go! 10 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine | thegoodstuff

Whether your kids are heading back to the classroom or doing school at home this year, mornings may be one of your biggest challenges of the day. Just getting kids out of bed and awake can be a feat; add in brushing teeth, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and packing backpacks or gathering school papers, and ooof! That’s a lot of chaos.

We’ve got you. Here are 10 easy things you can do to simplify your morning routine and get everyone out the door (or to their desk) on the right foot and without a lot of hassle.

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1. Plan outfits in advance.


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One of our favorite ways to ease the morning rush is to finish as many tasks as possible in advance. Each week when you’re completing laundry, separate your kids’ clean clothes into outfits. By hanging the outfits together on one hanger, it takes little to no time to select an outfit for the day. You can also add days of the week labels to your kids’ outfits to make the process even easier.

2. Make breakfast at night.


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Another way to simplify your morning routine is to prepare your family’s breakfast in advance. Look for recipes that require little to no prep time in the morning so that your family can serve their breakfast quickly. These blueberry yogurt granola bars are perfect for early mornings, and each child can grab a bar themselves while you’re getting ready.

Smoothies are another easy-to-make breakfast item. Check out these three smoothie recipes for families on the go.

3. Create individual morning stations.


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If you have multiple children in school, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the endless stacks of homework and school supplies. Creating individual morning stations or cubbies keeps each child’s schoolwork neat and organized.

Invest in a bookshelf or wall storage system and create a simple system for organizing paperwork. It may take your children or spouse a week or two to adjust, but once they’ve developed the habit of organization your mornings will run so much smoother.

4. Organize your lunch supplies.


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Packing lunches for school or work can be an arduous process when you’re half-asleep and trying to remember a dozen other things from your to-do list. Make the morning lunch rush quick and easy with a lunch supply station. Keep lunch boxes, storage bags, napkins, and utensils in one location so you can pack the whole’s family lunch in minutes.

5. Have lunch items ready to go.


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Another way to streamline school lunches is to have pre-made lunch items ready to go. Create freezer-ready peanut and butter and jelly sandwiches that can be made in advance and stored in the freezer for months.

Another idea is to prep snack bags in advance. Whenever you buy a large bag of vegetables, fruit, or snack items, portion them into snack-sized bags. Keep all of these snack bags in one place, and you can simply grab one or two items to finish each person’s lunch in the morning.

6. Simplify your beauty routine.


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Shaving even a few minutes off your beauty and hygiene routine can be a big help on busy mornings. Instead of washing and blow-drying your hair every single morning, use dry shampoo to make your hairstyle last an extra day. Another time-saving beauty tip is to invest in multi-tasking products. Bronzer can also be used as eye shadow, and a sheer lipstick can double as a natural blush.

7. Master 5-minute hair styles.


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Creating a streamlined morning routine doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Take a weekend to master a few easy hairstyles, and your friends won’t believe your chic hairstyle was created in five minutes in front of your bathroom mirror.

8. Develop a consistent morning routine.


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When you’re establishing your family’s routine, create an easy-to-follow chart showing all of the steps that need to be completed before leaving the house. Visuals will especially help the littlest in your family.

9. Find a home for every item.


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Home organization systems come in handy when you’re crunched for time in the morning. If every item in your house has a specific home, you’ll always be able to locate what you’re looking for in seconds. Make a conscious effort to leave backpacks, school supplies, and car keys in the same place each day, and you can eliminate the dreaded emergency searches each morning.

10. Make a checklist.


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Whether you use a pen and paper or an app on your phone, a detailed checklist will keep you organized throughout the morning and prevent you from forgetting anything before you leave the house or head to your at-home desk where you need to immerse your mind in work tasks.

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