No matter how hard we try, it always seems that the mornings before work or school become a race against the clock. By prepping beforehand, you can get the kids and yourself out the door stress-free and on time. Try these three simple strategies to make the morning the peaceful time it was meant to be.
Lay Out Clothing the Night Before
Who has time to scramble for matching socks and a stain-free blouse first thing in the morning? If you pick out your outfit (and the kids’ too) the night before, you’ll have more time to select a put-together look and be ready for morning. If your kids are picky, give them a few selections to choose from so they feel they’ve had a say in the matter. If you really want to go for it, pick out all the weekday outfits on Sunday night, and you’re good to go for the full week! Being organized, even when it comes to clothing reduces stress. Plus, you’ll likely notice your drawers and closets remain tidy!
Make Breakfast a Snap
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s a necessary part of the morning routine. That doesn’t mean it needs to take up too much prep time. You can prepare tasty and healthy breakfast options the night before and simply pop them in the microwave in the A.M. Try a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, cheese, and chopped veggies all tucked into a whole wheat tortilla. You can also make French Toast the night before and heat it up with some sweet maple syrup in the morning. Or, go for something belly-filling with crockpot oatmeal, chock full of dried fruits, seeds, and nuts which can simmer overnight. The kids will appreciate a break from cold cereal and breakfast bars!
Speed Up the Beauty Routine
We all want to look our best, but you can still look great and even have the kids look well put together with a simpler get-ready program. Try to wash everyone’s hair the night before. That way, you can quickly style in the morning, throw hair up into a bun or ponytail, or even braid it overnight to release stylish waves come morning. Try to minimize your makeup by only using what will make a difference in your overall look. If you have tired eyes, a swipe of mascara makes the biggest punch. Leave off all that eye shadow and liner if you are short on time. A swipe of lip gloss livens up your face more than you think. Before you do a full face, try popping the lips first. Moisturize your skin (and let the kids do so too) before bedtime and you will all awaken with soft, smooth skin.
With these simple tips, you won’t be pressed for time before a hectic day. You may even have a few extra minutes to sit with the kids and talk about the day ahead, giving them encouragement for a positive outlook! Do you have some time-saving ideas to share with the community?
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By: Melissa A. Kay