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5 Ways We Make Mornings Manageable

5 Ways We Make Mornings ManageableFor my family, school is here. It started yesterday and already things are incredibly crazy. Three kids who are all Scouts, play sports and have other activities mean that my husband and I spend a lot of time in the car. But that's ok because our kids get to do things they love. One of the things that I always feel I have to do to make mornings manageable is to stay organized from the start. There are a few ways to do that I have implemented this year and I have to say that I am extremely optimistic. The changes involves getting better organized in the house. These 5 Ways We Make Mornings Manageable helped us tremendously and I hope that they will help you too!

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Here is what we have done to make our mornings manageable:

  1. Added a docking station for electronics. I make my mornings manageable by keeping electronics together in the kitchen to make certain nothing goes to school that shouldn't. Plus we use it the night before to store the electronics for the kids. We use something similar to this Personalized Wooden Docking Station by Cathys Concepts.We have three of these docking stations together on the kitchen counter. The kids have to put electronics here before they go to bed and can pick up things for a while in the morning until school. Everything has to be here before heading out to school. I unplug everything once they are fully charged.
  2. Have everything ready to go out the door. Whether it is lunches, shoes, coats, backpacks, etc. keeping it all in one place is extremely important.  For instance, we use this Isaacs Entryway Set by Birch Lane.From when they walk in the door to when they leave the house, everything is right there. You can organize your entire family and have a great looking entryway.
  3. Gave them each a specific spot for their things. This Riley 5 Drawer Halifax Mobile Cabinet by Zipcode™ Design doubles as kids mailboxes (they LOVE this) and our art cart.Let me tell you how you can do this as well. We labeled the top 3 shelves; one for each kid. These are the mailboxes. The other three drawers store art supplies like glue, paper, scissors, extra pencils, crayons, markers and more. It's on wheels so it tucks quickly away into a closet when guests are over. Kids can quickly grab supplies on their way to school.
  4. Lunchbox storage system. My kids pack their lunches several days a week. In order to do this each morning, they have to be able to find the supplies they need. Our lunchbox cabinet was a mess until we added the Perforated Corner Kitchen Cabinet Organizer Rack by Seville Classics. Now all of the plasticware and lids are together in one place.The lunchbags are right by each other and everything is much easier to see and find.For a more permanent solution, consider the 2 Tier Wire Basket Cabinet Organizer Rack by Rev-A-Shelfwhich I love and want to add to our cabinets. By the way, looking for something to put your child's lunch in? This Bento Lunch Box by Imperial Home is roomy and is perfect for lunches.
  5. Implemented a family wall. We also have a family wall in our kitchen that has a chalk board, corkboards and other storage spots plus a large wall calendar like this Monthly Desk Pad Calendar by HOUSE OF DOOLITTLE. Each kid is responsible for writing down their activities and school assignments on this calendar throughout the year.This large calendar is the last thing we see when we walk out the door and the first thing we see when we get home. It hard to miss things.We check the calendar each mornings so the kids can grab things like shoes for sports, water bottles and extra snacks. Add this Dry-Erase Magnetic Whiteboard right under the calendar and you can all easily stay organized and on top of events.

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  1. I could use a few of those wall baskets. Going vertical for hanging space and backpacks is the best.

  2. Pam Wattenbarger

    Having a specific spot for your things is so important. It definitely makes mornings a lot easier.

  3. Have a designated spot for stuff is so key to keeping organized! My nieces have their own shelves at my place so they can keep their toys, homework, etc.

  4. I am all for more manageable mornings! With four tablets and three smartphones, we could definitely use a docking station or two to make sure our devices were good to go for the day.

  5. I think you have a really good morning strategy! Your organization ideas are perfect! It can get hectic if people lose track of their things.

  6. These are all really helpful tips! We have a spot for each kid to put there stuff out the night before. It really helps make out morning easier and less stressful!

  7. Nikki Wayne

    Wow, fantastic tips. I, myself don’t get exempted with mismanage nights! Sometimes, I stay awake very late at night.

  8. Kristi

    Great suggestions and tips. Being organized and having routine is half the battle around here.

  9. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great tips for keeping mornings manageable. We try to do as much as we can the night before.

  10. Having a system especially if you have more than one kid definitely helps. I like the suggestions that you have here, they are all tried and tested!

  11. I need to add a family wall to an area in our house. Right now I am the wall. LOL  Great list!

  12. Kristin

    This is so great and great tips. It’s so important to be prepared and stay organized, having everything together is a must. 

  13. I love that personalized wooden docking station! Having my electronics and keys in the same place would be helpful for me!

  14. Rosey

    I thinik having a station at the door way is a good idea. I’d like to do that here too.

  15. Nicole Escat

    Nice ideas. Sometimes, I find it hard to manage my mornings especially if I haven’t a good night sleep.

  16. These are great tips! And I am totally in love with Wayfair. I need these items stat!

  17. Great ideas.  We use a station at our front doot that helps keep us organized.

  18. Sounds like you have things under control. I like the idea of the group docking station.

  19. Lynne B

    Getting everything prepped the night before was key for me, too!

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