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Hectic mornings are the worst! Having a big family, it is hard to get everyone out the door, and on time. There are so many things that can go wrong! “Where are my shoes?” “My phone is on 1%!” “I’m hungry!” These are just a few of the things that I would hear every morning! All I want is my coffee, get the kids to school, and have some peace and quiet. I found that the best way to achieve this is to be better prepared from the very beginning. By doing just a few little things at night, mornings can go so much more smoothly.
Charge All Devices
I have 6 kids. We have a lot of devices. There are phones, tablets, computers, smartwatches, gaming consoles, and the list goes on! The most irritating thing in the morning is when someone’s phone is nearly dead. It is very difficult to communicate with one of my teens after school, if their phone is dead. So, I have a rule that everyone has to put their devices on the chargers before bed, including mom and dad! That way, when we wake up, everyone is charged and ready to go!
For on the go charging, this portable charger is a must! Out of all of the portable chargers we have, this one works the best, holds a charge, and you are able to charge to devices at once! It also tells your how much battery charge it has left. I really love it! I keep it in my purse!
Whether it is cereal, waffles, bacon and eggs, or a granola bar, make sure that breakfast is accessible and there is plenty for everyone. I hate when we all get in the car, and I have a 9 year old saying, “I’m hungry!” because he forgot to eat. Before bed, I ask them all what they are going to eat for breakfast, so they don’t forget. Breakfast comes before everything else! I love these little breakfast on the go containers! They are great for rushed mornings and can be prepared and put in the fridge the night before.
I also pre-load the Keurig and set out my coffee cup for the morning. My Keurig is possibly my favorite morning device. We use it for everything from regular coffee, iced coffee, tea, and more! It really is versatile!
Lay Out Clothes and Backpacks
Picking out clothes the night before may seem simple, but most people skip it, because it only takes a few minutes to pick out an outfit, right? Not necessarily! All these kiddos forget they need clean underwear, pants, and socks. If they pick out their clothes the night before, I am prepared for an emergency load of laundry before bed. This includes shoes! Always locate shoes before bed. I have one son who, without fail, would get to school with one shoe at least once or twice a month. It drove me crazy!
Pack or Plan Lunches
Whether lunches need to be packed or money needs to be laid out, make sure that your kids have their lunches for the day. You don’t want to get that dreaded phone call from the school saying that your child has forgotten their lunch. I also make sure to ask them if they grabbed it before we leave the house, and before they leave the car. Leaving it on the counter or in the van has happened quite a few times!
Make A Morning Checklist
The more repetitive the morning routine is, the least likely people will forget. Having a checklist for every family member, including yourself, will help reduce forgetfulness. Most of us aren’t super energized or at the height of our mental alertness in the morning, so having that checklist really helps everyone remember everything they need and need to do, before leaving the house.
Here is a great one I found at SweetRoseStudio . She has two printables. Ones for preschoolers and one for older kids. I use it for two of my younger kids, ages 9 and 4, in the morning before school.
That’s it! Get a good night’s sleep and know that tomorrow morning will be that much easier!