Starting your day off on the right foot and in the best mood possible really does have an effect on your day. Years ago, when my kiddos were much younger, I remember starting each day off in a chaotic manner. Sometimes there were tears on the way to school/work because we were all scrambling to find our shoes and get our teeth brushed so we could hurry out the door. On those days that we started off in a hectic manner, I remember feeling awful the whole day. I had dropped Kate off at school one morning with tears in her eyes, and ended up crying for 10 minutes after she got out of the car. I worried about her all day, and when she got home from school, she said she had worried about me too. After that day, we established a morning routine and a few rules to go along with it. For years, it’s been working with almost no tears, but I’ve realized that it can work even better with a little organization!
We all have individual needs when it comes to our morning routines and your morning starts so much better when you can find the things you need, quickly and easily. You can get out the door faster, spend more time with the kids, enjoy an extra cup of coffee, etc. I’m taking part in a fun campaign with IKEA and Mom It Foward Blogger Network to see if I can make some changes to the “First :59” of our day that make it even easier to get out the front door with zero drama or stress! IKEA is providing me with a $50 Gift Card to complete this mission…Mission accepted!
Let me start by telling your our current routine. Kate gets up at 7:30 (Middle school here starts at 9am). She watches TV for about 10 minutes and gives herself time to wake up. At 7:40, she eats a healthy breakfast. At 7:55, she brushes her teeth, brushes and fixes her hair, and gets dressed. Then she comes downstairs to snuggle for a minute, get her things together and get out the door. Sounds pretty simple, right?
Well, our problem spots fit in right before she gets dressed and right before we walk out the door. We do not get her clothes ready the night before any more. Sometimes this can be a real problem, especially with a tween girl. It usually starts with a, “Mom! I can’t find my white leggings!” or a, “Mom! Have you seen my navy blue sweater?” Most of the time, if they aren’t in her closet or drawers, that means they are in the dirty clothes hamper. If you are a woman, or are the mother of a girl, you know that not having one article of clothing can absolutely wreck a planned outfit. With a tween girl, it can seriously wreck an entire morning, which means it will probably wreck an entire day.
Our other problem spot…right before we walk out the door, is remembering a check that needs to go to school the next morning, a permission slip that needed to be signed, a school event that I need to attend during the day, a practice after school that I didn’t know about, or an orthodontist appointment that the kids need picked up early for. Kate is good about letting me know these things, Cam, my 16 year old however, not so much!
My mission is to go to IKEA this week and find two things that can help remedy these issues….and I’m going to do it for under $50 for both of the kiddos! For Kate, I am going to find something to help get her clothes together every evening so that she can go to one spot and everything is right there waiting for her. For Cam, I’d like to find some kind of message board/area where we can write down events, practices and appointments as well as coral any papers that may need to be filled out or taken back to school.
Wish me luck! I’ll be sharing the changes we have made in a couple of weeks! Let’s all make an effort to change the way we spend the “First :59” of our days in the next couple of weeks and share the progress we have made! Who’s with me?
Want to see your suggestions on IKEA’s Twitter Page? Simply tweet or share the following on Twitter of Facebook…
@Mom4RealKY and @IKEAUSA, the biggest change I would make in my morning routine is ______________!#First59
@Mom4RealKY and @IKEAUSA, ____________________ would make my morning routine so much easier!#First59
Let’s get those First :59 in shape together!