I’ve heard it all now. It’s called a life hack.
(We’ve all heard of an Ikea Hack, but a Life Hack? Really?) Whatever you want to call it- it works.
School/work mornings can go one of two ways. Chaotic or slightly less chaotic. Lately I’ve been on a quest to make it more of the latter.
Here’s what has been working for us:
1. Paper plates
Thank you Susan! Why I never thought of using paper plates in the morning beats me. But it’s a game changer. No more leaving a sink full of dirty breakfast dishes as we make a mad dash out the door in the morning. It all goes in the trash- it may make the environmentally conscious cringe but it makes this mama rather happy.
2. Selective Menu
Which brings me to the second thing– which goes on on those paper plates. Food. No more making three different meals for three kids (plus feeding two animals and a Mr. Robinson). Everyone gets the same thing– cereal. Trader Joe’s pop tart or cheese toast – take it or leave it. (On a paper plate preferably)
3. Make Ahead Cold Lunches
Like most “duh” ideas, this one was found on Pinterest (of course). I put a week’s worth of cold lunch box items (ready to grab cheese sticks, Danimal yogurts, applesauce, 10 ziplock bags worth of grapes, etc). in a big Tupperware in my fridge and grabbed what I needed in the morning and
threw them in gently placed them in the girl’s lunchboxes. (The same goes for pantry snacks but we’ve had a large basket specifically for snack-ish items for a while now).
4. Setting Out Clothes and Bags the Night Before
Now that we all ride into school AND work (they are one and the same) together in the mornings, as Britton recently pointed out “we usually get to school when the sun is rising and often times leave when it is setting.” 7:30 am departure time gets here quick, no matter how early I rise. My kiddos have always had to lay out their clothes the night before (as does Mama) and pack their PE bag, tennis bag, soccer clothes, etc. The bag goes by the door and so far we’ve only left the PE bag in the car once (so close, yet so far away).
I’m sure there are many more (like setting coffee maker the night before– but really, who wouldn’t do that?) but these are the main ones that have a real impact. That’s all I got. What else can I be doing to help the morning chaos? Suggestions?