Here are my 5 easy steps to stress free mornings.
I’m sharing my 5 tips for stress free mornings because I was one of those mums that would be absolutely losing her sh*t in the mornings. I’d be panicking and shouting like a mad woman to get out of the house on time. Finally, I have a routine that works. It’s taken me a while to share because for the first few weeks I genuinely believed it was a fluke. But now that I know it works, I’m ready to share it with you. It all centres around ORGANISATION. Most of what I’m going to say, you already know. It’s consciously implementing these simple things into your routine, which will make the difference.
Get uniform out the night before. In fact, any spare minute you get the day before it’s needed. I have everything down to fresh underwear and flannels out for the boys and I usually take it out when I get home from work. That way you’ll know if there’s stains on jumpers/missing shirts and it gives you time to do something about it. It’s easier to pop the jumper on a quick wash or iron a shirt the night before, rather than eating time out of those precious minutes in the morning.
2. SNACK BOX
Prepare the snack box/water bottle the night before. I leave Maicen’s snack box out with biscuits/crackers in a little Ikea food bag. I put washed grapes in a small container and pop that, along with his water bottle, in the fridge. All I have to do in the morning is put it all into his school bag. It’s done in seconds so I have enough time to make AND drink a cuppa.
I used to prepare everything in the morning, thinking it would only take a couple of minutes but there were occasions that I had forgotten to empty and wash everything from the previous day. It sounds silly but this would get me really flustered because it would somehow throw everything else off…..and I’d miss out on that small caffeine hit from my cup of tea, which I feel I really need in the mornings.
3. TALK ABOUT THE MORNING PLAN
Talk about your morning plan with your children. The boys are fine if they know what to expect. But if we haven’t talked through what is going to happen in the morning, or who is going to drop them off/pick them up from school they will definitely kick off.
It can be a struggle to get them dressed. What they want to do is run straight downstairs and have tea and biscuits. What I want them to do is get washed and dressed and down to have a proper breakfast. We negotiate, if they do it my way they will get a couple of biscuits. When they wake in the morning they’re happy and listen so well because they know what we’re going to do.
4. PREPARE YOUR LUNCH
If you’re taking lunch to work then prepare and pack it the night before or meal prep a few days in advance (whatever works for you). The 5 minutes you think it’s going to take in the morning are 5 minutes that could be spent elsewhere. Every minute has a purpose when you’re a busy mum or dad so make your life a bit easier where you can!
5. HAVE EVERYTHING READY BY THE DOOR
Leave shoes/coats/bags by the front door, including your own. I get everything out before I go to bed. The last thing I want to be doing is looking for a lost shoe in the morning or searching for the missing library book on library day. It all needs to be done the evening before so there’s no potential for faffing and stressing in the morning
So there we have it. 5 really simple steps to make your mornings run more smoothly.
As I’ve said, there’s nothing out of the ordinary there. The key is to GIVE YOURSELF AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE TO DO IN THE MORNINGS. I can’t begin to tell you how much of a difference those 5 steps above have made. I feel much calmer and start my day much more positively, which means I’m less of a monster to be around. The boys are also much happier and calmer as a consequence. The whole day goes better when my mornings are stress free.
I’d love to hear how you get on if you implement any of the above. Or even if you have any alternative ideas, which could help me.