06 Sep Back to School: Stress-Free Morning Routine
Ah, the back-to-school season – where early alarms, sleepy faces, and the hustle of getting out the door on time become part of the daily rhythm once again. But fear not, because we’re here to rescue your mornings from chaos and transform them into stress-free, organized bliss! Here are some tried-and-true tips that will have your family conquering the morning rush with ease.
1. Closet Clarity for Kiddos
The first secret to a seamless morning? A well-organized closet that sets the tone for the day! First things first, take a deep breath and dive into those kid’s closets. Edit out all the outgrown clothes and clothes that are keepsakes. Then sort and categorize the clothes, keeping like with like. Make sure everything has a place. If the kids have uniforms, keep them all together in one section of the closet and/or drawers. On Sunday night, review the week and see what’s coming up. Then match up outfits for the week, including undergarments and socks. A Sunday evening prep can save precious time on hectic mornings.
Now, how to keep your new organization in place… drawer dividers, hooks, closet rod extenders, and labeled baskets are the way to go. Closet rod extenders hang off of the existing closet rod to add additional hanging space. But even better, you can adjust the height so little ones can reach their own clothes! Imagine reaching for a specific shirt without causing a shirt avalanche – it’s totally possible! Shoes? Collect them from around the house, line them up in one place so they’re ready to wear, without a second thought. An organized closet not only streamlines mornings but also empowers your little ones to take charge of their outfits.
2. Lunchbox Legends
Let’s talk about the sacred realm of lunch-packing. Save yourself a big headache and choose one type of tupperware and stick to it. Get rid of any odd sized or mis-matched lids and bottoms. No more frantic searches for that elusive Tupperware lid or the matching water bottle! To make lunch prep a breeze, designate a spot in your kitchen for lunchbox essentials. Keep all the items that go into lunches all in one place – easy to grab, easy to pack.
If you have the time and mental space to take your lunch game to the next level, you can plan a lunch menu for the week, and create daily cheat sheets for yourself! Gather all ingredients ahead and store them in one section of the fridge or pantry. To really up your game, prepare lunch the night before. Slice those veggies, pack those snacks, and have the lunchbox ready to roll. In the mornings, it’s just grab, assemble, and go! Voilà, lunch-packing ninja mode, unlocked. Planning + prepping ahead is a huge timesaver! And with all that extra morning time you may have time to make little lunch love notes or have extra latte time for yourself!
3. Entryway Zen
Last but not least, let’s conquer the entryway and/or mudroom – the last hurdle before the great adventure of the day begins. The key here? Designated spots for shoes, backpacks, sports and activity bags, special notes or homework, and anything that needs to leave the house. Hooks for backpacks? Check. Shoe rack or basket for shoes? Check. This organized entryway is your launchpad, and having everything in its place makes the final step of leaving the house a breeze.
Pro tip: Make it a family habit to gather everything needed for the next day and place it in the designated spots the night before. That way, you’re not scrambling for a missing shoe or a misplaced homework assignment when the clock is ticking.
Back to school mornings don’t have to be a chaotic whirlwind of stress. With a touch of organization and some strategic planning, you can transform your routine into a stress-free, efficient, and even enjoyable part of your day. From tidy closets to lunchbox legends and an entryway that welcomes adventures, you’ve got this! So go ahead, conquer those mornings and embrace the joy of stress-free school days. 🎒🚌✨
Hey, empty nesters, we didn’t forget you… if your kids are making the leap from high school to college, you won’t want to miss our latest blog on all the dorm essentials every student needs. Need more inspiration to get your home in tip top shape this school year? Checkout our Instagram for all the latest home’s we have been transforming.
Happy new school year and happy organizing!