How to Streamline your Morning Routine


Leaving the house in a mad dash is more the norm than the exception
for many. Whether you live by yourself or with others, making a few
minor changes to your morning routine will have you heading out the
door on top of the world. The trick is nothing fancier than taking care
of as much as possible the night before.

  • Check your calendar and to-do list to make sure you have everything you need for appointments the next day and to cue your memory for any other necessary items.  

  • Program your coffeemaker to start brewing that black magic before you roll out of bed. Purchase an electric hot-pot for tea, hot chocolate and instant oatmeal. Pull out the blender, bananas and other dry ingredients for smoothie production. 

  • Move frozen food to the refrigerator to thaw for the next day’s dinner.  Announce what is for dinner on a small  wipe off or chalk board daily. 

  • Choose your entire outfit for the next day and encourage your family members to do the same.  That’s a power struggle you don’t have to deal with in the morning. Don’t forget underwear, socks, shoes and accessories. You’ll never have to stare blankly into the closet again!

  • Prepare lunch or lunch fixings.                                            

  • Double-check supplies.

     Make sure there’s enough milk, cereal, bread and fruit. If not, send an able body to the store after dinner.   Have him or her put gas in the car too, if you’re running on empty

  • Sort vitamins or medications into labeled pillboxes and put them on the breakfast table.

  • Make sure your children’s backpacks contain everything they need for the day, including uniforms, signed paperwork, book reports and projects (set up a checklist for older kids). Get your own bag and files ready as well 
  • Determine whose turn it is to walk and feed the dog. You don’t want to forget about Rover while everyone is rushing out the door. 
  • Hang a shelf at the door with hooks for keys, and use the shelf, a basket or an entryway table to stash sunglasses, purses, lunches, backpacks, etc.  Have a pad of paper there to write down reminders like,  “Bring snacks for soccer practice.” Do a sweep to make sure important items are ready to go by the door.
 
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One response

  1. I find using a cute shoe bag with clear pockets to hang over a door (if you have one) is useful. For keys, sunscreen, sunglasses, …whatever you feel you need before flying out the door!

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