Banishing Morning Mayhem WFMW

So….does this describe your mornings? You wake up late (forgot to set your alarm), kids are asking where their uniforms/shoes are, lunches aren’t packed and there goes the bus. After dropping the kids at school you drive through somewhere because you are hungry. You are running late so you drive a little fast only to spill coffee on your shirt. Any of this sound familiar? Want it to be a thing of the past?

Listen up….the secret to getting out of the house on time with less screaming and panicking is simple. Prepare the night before. That’s it. So simple. How you ask?

Prepare the night before. Have an evening routine. The more you do at night the less you have to do in the morning when your brain isn’t fully functioning. I start mine after dinner and it looks like this:

  • Clean kitchen (load DW, put away food, wipe counters)
  • Check homework progress/ sign all necessary paperwork
  • Bathe kids, jammies & teeth
  • Set out tomorrow’s clothes for everyone. This includes shoes and backpacks.
  • Check calendar (What is tomorrow’s activity?) Pack set out bags (dance, hip hop, karate)
  • Make sure backpacks are packed (lunches, money, library book, gym clothes)
  • Set dishwasher timer
  • Shower and set alarms & go to bed at a decent hour.

I do this every night….I just skip over school stuff on weekends and holidays. I make sure my kids have enough uniforms to last the entire week and I make sure ALL uniforms are washed and hung up on Sunday. I have it written out and have it in my home management binder. But you can put it on a couple of post it notes and place them where you need them.

I also get up before my kids. Sometimes my oldest gets up at the same time but she is 14 and dresses herself. I get up about an hour before my youngest so I can get everything done. I also have a morning routine written out. Why? Because my brain takes longer to wake up. So I have it posted where I can just go chore by chore.

I am a firm believer in the more you prepare the easier your morning. I know anytime I don’t feel well or something happens and my night time routine goes out of the window I pay for it dearly in the morning.

Do you have a night time routine? Any tips for getting out of you house on time in the mornings?

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WFM Wednesday 7/11/12

Today’s Works For Me Wednesday is all about grocery shopping. I took the time and made a pre-filled out list and broke it into sections. I have a space to mark down the amount of each item we need and I put a C next to the item if I have a coupon. I keep a highligher in the kitchen so the kids and husband can just highlight what we need or what they want. I also have a  blank space to write in items that I may need just on occasion or if I am trying a new recipe and need a rare item. I like having this already pre-printed….it makes it easier to read rather than my kids horrible spelling. (Or my husband’s…lol) And I can update the list as needed too. Below is my master grocery list. I put mine in excel form. Do you use a pre-made form or write it down or do you have it in your smart phone or ipad?

Master Grocery List
Produce Snacks Ethnic Food Condiments Cereal
Potatoes Cookies Refried Beans BBQ Sauce Oatmeal
Onions Graham crackers Taco Shells Mustard Cherrios
Lettuce Popcorn Enchilada Sauce Mayo Fruit loops
Carrots Chips Salsa Relish Grits
Bananas Gum Soy Sauce Ketchup
Apples Rice Salad Dressing
Grapes Taco Seasoning Vinegar
Tomatoes Canned Goods Pizza Sauce Syrup
Strawberries Sp. Sauce Pepperoni Honey
Corn
Baked Beans
Tom Sauce Meat
Tom paste Ground Beef PB Aisle
Tom soup Chicken Peanut Butter
Breads Green Beans Stew meat Nutella
Breads Canned Beans Lunch meat Jelly
Flat Bread Mushrooms Pork Chops
Rolls Rotel Pork Loin
Hotdog buns Cranberry Sauce Bacon
Burger buns Tomatoes Hotdogs Frozen Food
Tortillas Smokies Ice Cream
Dairy Sausage Veg
Milk Waffles
Butter Pizza
Beverages Eggs
Juice Yogurt Baking Aisle
Soda Am Cheese Flour
Lemonade Cheddar Sugar Household Goods
Coffee Mozzarella Brown Sugar P Towels
Tea Cream Cheese Powdered Sugar T. Paper
Wine Velveeta Yeast Tissue
Coffee Mate Pudding Mix Bleach
Cake Mix Dish detergent
Canned fruits Choc. Chips Foil
Applesauce Pasta Fluff Baggies
Peaches Spaghetti Pam Dish soap
Raisins Mac & cheese Oil Trash bags
Olive Oil
Brownie Mix
Garlic

WFM Wednesday

My Works For Me Wednesday post today is about my snackbox in my vehicle. I briefly mentioned it in my last WFM post so I thought I would go a little more into it today.

Its not much really but I get so many comments on it (positive and not so positive) in real life I thought I would blog about it. (Because that’s what bloggers do right?)

Anyway all that it is, is a plastic shoebox sized tub with a lid that I got at the dollar tree. Yes folks, I shop at the dollar tree. Anyway in it I store snacks like granola bars, cereal bars, individual chip bags, and other non melting snacks (today it was 115 degrees in the truck at 6pm) and I also have some juice boxes in there. Its under the front seat and pretty much stays there. At least once a week I refill and rotate drinks as needed. But usually come Friday its in need of refilling.

The reasons I have this are plentiful but mainly I am cheap and my kids are ALWAYS hungry. They both have fast metabolisms and so they constantly snack. I want them to have healthyish options that don’t break my budget. Also I have been known to dip into it when running around and hungry.

Another reason is you never know what might happen. Recently there was a very bad accident on a bridge and cars were trapped for seven hours. HELLO?! You on a bridge for seven hours? What if you have kids? People laugh at my snack box and laugh at my anal retentiveness and OCD but trust me, you want to be in the car with me when you are stuck on a bridge for 7 hours. I know you won’t starve to death but you won’t kill your kids because they are crying because they are hungry.

I urge you to make a snack box and keep it filled and put it in your vehicle. Its to cheap not to do.

What works for you?