Forward planning is literally the basis of my everyday life now. Planning and preparing my day (as much as I can) in advanced is the key to my survival. ESPECIALLY when I'm flying solo. It's the key to getting out of the house in one piece, as much as surviving Arsenic hour, and getting dinner on the table at a reasonable time. I'm not a natural planner in this sort of day to day aspect, major life goals, hell yes! But day to day living? I'm more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal. Which is a philosophy on life more fitting to a childfree and happy go lucky 20 year old, than a mother of three children.
The thing is though, I HATE being late. I'm often the token early person. Which is incredibly uncool of me, I know. So this is why I started doing these little steps to keep all of us on time!
So here's what I've learned - The key to the mornings is the night before. Never leave a job for the you of tomorrow that the you of tonight could just get done. I know, I know, the couch is calling your name... but trust me. You'll thank yourself tomorrow!
1. Pack your bags the night before...
This includes everything from your handbag, to school bags. Don't leave them until the next day. If you're anything like me, you have the entire tribe to get ready, as well as yourself to make presentable before you walk out the door. So;
- Make sure you've got everything in your handbag to deal with what the day might throw at you.
- Top up the nappy bag. I started doing this when Abbie was just a baby. The last thing you need tomorrow when you're out and about, is to be out of nappies or wipes, or the spare outfit for poonami number 3 of the day! Especially if you have to fly out the door unexpectedly. You can just grab it and go... just don't forget the baby, cause that would be awkward.
- Pack the kids school, kindy, preschool or childcare bags. Replace any spare clothing that was used that day, and make sure their favourite snuggle toy is in there (or whatever it is that gets them through the day)!
2. Create a space for all the necessities...
If you have the space for it, set up a little space for each child, and their bits and pieces. I created a small area in my garage (it's nothing pretty, but it does the trick!) a few hooks to hang bags, and hats, a shelf to place shoes on, and anything else that might need to get out the door with you the next morning. It doesn't have to be a fancy mud-room set up, you can use a couple of baskets or a shelf. It just has to be neat and easy for the kids to access.
I used a little $20 shelf from Kmart and some 3M hooks.
Behind the blog...
‘The Mummysomniac’ is a lifestyle, motherhood and most recently, pregnancy blog, founded in 2015 by Kirsty McKenzie. She’s a mum of three, blogging about the highs and lows of motherhood, with a straight forward and honest approach, as well as a little bit of humour. Kirsty is passionate about sharing the realities of #MumLife, not the cookie cutter, high gloss version