For someone like me who thrives on order and routine, this schedule change has caused an uproar. I have to get myself showered, dressed, made up and coiffed within 30 minutes!!! But dig we must! So we're adjusting. I still get my workout in, although it's a bit abbreviated, and so far I have been able to scramble all three of us out of the door within the time allotted. It takes 3 weeks to form a good habit so I am hoping that this will all seem like second nature soon.
This is a great time to talk about just how to get out of the house in the morning.
Your success will largely be determined by what you get done the night before.
- Lay out everyone's clothes. For a working mom, I recommend laying out your entire outfit from hose to jewelry. Make sure everything is ironed and ready to wear.
- Pre-assemble any lunches and snacks.
- Check all homework and paperwork. Do you have to send in any permission forms or checks? Is tomorrow school picture day?
- Place fully packed (except for perishable lunches) backpacks, musical instruments, purses, etc. by the door. FlyLady calls this spot the "launch pad". Don't forget to put a note somewhere where you can see it (like on your exit door!) to remind you to place the perishable items in the lunch bags before you leave the house!
- Especially if you have little kids, make sure that their shoes, coats and hats are located the night before, because for some reason they always disappear in the morning, even if you think you put them where they belonged the night before!
- Plan the kids' breakfast. Cereal can be prepoured into covered bowls and milk can be pre-measured into covered plastic cups. For a hot breakfast, regular or steel cut oatmeal can be prepared overnight in the crockpot (more on this tomorrow). My kids are picky - some days they want oatmeal, some days they don't - so I do keep instant packets available. Cut the sugar by combining a plain packet with a flavored variety.
Through this all I still have to remember to keep the kids on task. Are they actually eating the breakfast on the table? Are they fighting? I usually give them a five minute warning to put their coats and shoes on when we have fifteen minutes to go before we have to leave the house.
Why fifteen minutes? Because a. they don't hear me and b. if they hear me they don't listen until I say it several times. And even then I don't hear them start to move. Ah, the joys of motherhood. Once they start moving, this is when I typically start to hear how a shoe lace is too knotted to be untied or they just can't get their coat zipped. By this time I am downstairs and can assist.
Once I get downstairs, we pretty much have to go straight out of the door. Yes, I know that I have not allotted any breakfast time for myself in here. I usually prepare myself coffee and a protein shake to go (more on that in another post), which I will drink in the car, or have yogurt and cereal at my desk.
And do it all over again tomorrow!
Image courtesy Annie Mole.