Beep. Beep. Beep.
It’s 6 AM on a Monday morning which means, time to get up and get moving or we are going to have ANOTHER chaotic morning on our hands.
School season has officially begun.
You see, I’m not like the women you see on TV. You know the Moms who wake up super early to make their kids a hearty and healthy home-cooked breakfast.
Because one let’s face it, I like my sleep and two because 90% of the time they wouldn’t eat it anyway.
Instead, I am the Mom whose chucking yogurt at her kids as they are rushing out the door. The Mom who is yelling, GO! GO! GO! as we all pile into the car because her kids can’t be late AGAIN.
I am the Mom who tries to look like she has it all together, but secretly she is losing her -ish inside.
So with the new school year approaching, I sat down and tried to figure out how I was going to corral the chaos this year. How was I going to make mornings, but more bearable? I refuse to use the word pleasurable.
And I figured out that 99% of our struggles of missing socks, lost folders, and the many tears shed were due to a lack of organization.
So I vowed that this year would be different. But you see, I’m not a Pinterest Mom that’s just not in my DNA. I’m the Amazon Prime Mom. You know click and buy. Pat, I’d like to buy a professional organizer, please.
I’m the Hot Mess Mom who likes to cut corners whenever possible…
So I did a little research. Who knew Pinterest was more than just DIY & Crafts? Crazy what you find on the internet.
And I think these tips do just that.
Yes, they take a little (trust me when I say I kept this as minimal work as I possibly could) planning on our part. But at the end of the day, they have made our mornings run a whole lot smoother.
And guess whose kids haven’t been late for school this year? Yep, you guessed it…MINE! Let’s just ignore the fact that it’s only the third full week, but hey, that’s almost a month. I count that as #Winning!
So here they are, my hacks on how to maintain a little morning sanity.
Set Your Alarms Early. I know what you are thinking, you are about to leave the blog. How dare she even think of mentioning setting an alarm early? I get it, I really do.
But here’s the deal. I never get out of bed when my first alarm goes off, EVER. I like to give myself 15 minutes before I attempt to function. Do the same for yourself, do the same for your kids.
Why do we expect our kids to jump out of bed when we wake them up or when their alarms go off? If you don’t leap out of bed first thing in the morning, you can’t expect them to either.
We all like a little time to wake up, clear the brain fog, and just be. So allow your kids some wake-up time before you expect them to start functioning.
Needing a little reinforcement? Check out these awesome alarm clocks:
OK to Wake! Alarm Clock which is great for small kids who struggle with the concept of time.
WakieWell Sunrise Alarm Clock avoids the harsh beeping sounds while helping kids wake over a few stages.
Runaway Alarm Clock is the perfect clock for those heavy sleepers who no matter how hard you try, still won’t get out of bed.
Pick Out Clothes In Advance. There is nothing worse, than your kids yelling because they can’t find their favorite purple shirt. Clothes are flying everywhere, dresser drawers are wrecked, and the laundry room has been scoured multiple times. Wouldn’t it be easier if the kids already knew what they would be wearing for the week?
This is one of my all time favorite hacks. Because it keeps getting dressed in the mornings super simple. No last minute wardrobe changes. What you picked is what you will wear. I pray this continues through the teen years, but I have my doubts.
I’ve seen many variations but what we use works. I ran down to our local Dollar General and grabbed two baskets (see links below) and a box of gallon Ziploc bags. I was set. You could also go with drawstring bags if you want as well.
Every Sunday the kids and I pick out seven outfits for the week ahead. We know what days are for what activities, so when the dates arrive we are ready to go. Easy peasy. We place them in the bathroom closet and each morning is now a breeze when it comes to getting dressed.
I’ve also seen variations with big tall organizing bins, and also hangers. So I thought I would include those for you to view as well. Same concept, just a little different way of organizing.
Create A Bathroom System. I’m not sure why, but the bathroom seems to be the place where we tend to dawdle. I mean I can’t blame my kids, they learned it from me. Let’s face it, for SIX years that was the only place I could semi get some peace. Mommy likes the bathroom. Aint’ no shame.
But when it comes to getting ready for the day, it tends to be the place my kids spend the most time not accomplishing anything. Enter the bathroom caddy.
The bathroom caddy is a great way to keep kids focused and on task. You place all of their bathroom chores in ONE location so that they can move step by step through what needs to be done.
Toothbrush and toothpaste in one slot, washcloth in the next slot, and brush or comb in another. Now I understand some children will need help with their hair, especially mine who insist on fancy up dos and mohawks, but they can at least accomplish most of their chores without waiting on Mom to direct their every move.
You could also add a bathroom chart to help those who are older make sure they don’t miss a single step.
Kids Bathroom Caddy perfect for holding toothbrush, toothpaste, combs, gel, washcloths, and more.
Always Have A Pick Up Location. Mom!!! I can’t find my other shoe! Mom! Where are my socks? Mom! I can’t find my book bag! We’ve all been there. The rush right before you are getting ready to head out the door can be chaotic. Just when you think you have everything together, something has been misplaced.
Which is why I recommend having a drop-off and pick-up location by the door. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy with lockers, and ship lapped cubbies, but having a few hooks where your kids can hang their stuff is not only time saving, but headache saving too.
Have hooks for their coats and back packs, a bin or box for shoes (one for each kid if you can) and an emergency sock container for those just in case moments. Instead of your child having to run back to their room to find socks, they can grab and go.
Hooks for coats and backpacks.
Beat The Buzzer. Lawd knows the last 5 minutes before you are supposed to head out the door can be INSANE. You look at the clock and it’s already the time you should be pulling out of the driveway. You have now gone into drill sergeant mode and are screaming your kids out the door.
It’s not pleasant.
So here’s a tip that will save your sanity and your voice. Set an alarm on either your phone or alarm clock. Set it at least 5-7 minutes before you need to be heading down the road.When that buzzer sounds, you know that’s when you need to start walking towards the door.
When that buzzer sounds, you know that’s when you need to start walking towards the door. That gives you extra time to get out the door, and get the kids buckled without rushing, emotional tears, or being late. It’s a simple hack that will be a game changer for everyone.
So there you have it, Mama. My tips on how to save your sanity this back to school season. These aren’t hacks that are super complicated or involve a lot of prep on your part, but they will make a difference.
I have noticed in just the few weeks that we have been implementing these changes, my kids seem to do much better. Their anxiety levels are lowered because Mama isn’t so high strung, which leads to a much happier morning at our home.
And that my friends is what it is all about, creating a happier home amongst the chaos.
Have any hacks you would like to add? Be sure to drop them below.