Wondering how to get out of the house on time with kids? Get tips to leave the house less stressed and feeling more in control.
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It seems like sometimes there is nothing to make the kids move faster or get up earlier, so you resort to bribing, frustration, and feeling rushed. Whether it’s getting out of the house in the mornings on time or for a birthday party on the weekend, these tips should help. These tips will help you set up a system that works for your family to make sure you get out of the house on time.
How To Get Out of the House On Time
Life feels pretty crazy as a mom and there are usually a lot of things we need to remember before leaving the house. But, then we all know how it goes if you add a nursing baby, or a potty-training toddler, or an early morning appointment or meeting, then there’s the occasional wet bed or someone who threw their cereal all over the kitchen, all before you are supposed to head out the door.
I’m certainly not even close to perfect at keeping a morning routine, but when I do, I definitely have a better day. Of course, our days vary a bit with activities and just by the nature of having young children, but I’ve found some tips and tricks help make mornings easier as a mom if I plan ahead.
I’ve asked around and many moms agree that they want help making their mornings easier. We all know the advice to wake up a few minutes earlier or get up earlier than the kids in order to get a jump start on the day. Now, that may work for some but there are definitely those days that we can not wake up any earlier than we HAVE to.
Make a clear schedule for each morning of the week.
Some days there might be a change in the schedule. Do you need to leave early for a meeting at work? Does your child have a doctor’s appointment? Have a clear idea of what time you need to leave the house on those change of schedule days. I often think about what the next morning needs to “look” like before I go to sleep the night before.
Prep ahead of time
This tip is what saves my sanity most days! Pack whatever you need ahead of time so that you’re not scrambling last minute trying to remember everything. It saves time to have clothes ready, have lunches packed and have water bottles filled. And for other times of day and you just need to get out of the house on time, pack the car ahead of time if you can
Meal plan to account for breakfast, lunches, and dinners.
It is so helpful to meal plan ahead of time. A meal plan gives me direction as to what to take out of the freezer or toss in the crockpot in the morning. I also know exactly what to buy at the store for the week. If you can, keep breakfast simple or make ahead like these sausage pancake muffins that my kids love. I’ve found if I make them on the weekend and freeze them – I can quickly reheat them for a hot breakfast. Or I keep cereal, cereal bars, and oatmeal for a quick breakfast. For lunches, try to make these DIY Uncrustables and pull one out of the freezer for the kids’ lunches.
Schedule your coffee maker the night before.
This is pretty self-explanatory, right? ;) We need to get started the right way in the morning. I look forward to drinking my hot cup of coffee on the way to wherever we need to be – motivates me to get out on time! If you’re not a coffee drinker, maybe a glass of lemon water to jump-start the metabolism.
Plan outfits on the weekend for the kids.
Catching up with laundry on the weekends and getting the kids’ outfits ready for the week, keeps our mornings running smoothly. Nothing sets off more craziness than when I finally get the kids up and they can’t find something to wear. My kids each have one of these closet organizers with their outfits in each cubby for the week. My boys are old enough now that they will put the outfits into the organizer for the week. I even fill one in my toddler’s closet because it helps my husband if he dresses our daughter since the outfit is all ready to go.
Have Bags and Backpacks Ready To go
Have diaper bags stocked and ready and for school-aged kids, keep those backpacks near the door. We sign all forms and put folders or school library books back into the backpack in the evenings. There’s no time for searching for missing papers and definitely no time to turn around to go back and get anything left at home.
Store gear in convenient places
It may be more desirable to have coats and shoes neatly placed in bedrooms but for the sake of speed and convenience, it might be better to have them in a functional and organized place. We thrive with functional organization. It might not always look “the best” but it will help save time. We ask the kids to take shoes off by the door. This helps when it is time to go that we aren’t searching for shoes. I also keep my daughter’s hair supplies in a basket in our family room because that’s where I do her hair for the day. We still have organization but it is convenient.
Hooks by doors are another way to have convenient organization. We have hooks by our door and in our garage which during the school year are used for backpacks and coats and in the summer, they are used for pool towels and swimsuits.
Set alarms for departure times
We have alarms set on Alexa to remind us to get ready about 10 minutes prior to when we need to walk out the door. This way the kids can use the bathroom and get shoes and jackets on before we need to leave.
Set reminders on your phone
Is it a special themed day at school and the kids need to wear pajamas or hats? Do you need a package for the post office or a return to make at the store during lunch? Make sure to create a reminder on your phone or put a sticky note on the door if it’s an item that’s easy to forget.
When you’re needing the extra push
Designate a tray for keys and cell phones if you’re constantly misplacing them, invest in a programmable coffee maker, and make it a habit to fill your gas tank in the evenings to make for a smoother start to the day.
For items that you often find get misplaced, I can’t recommend Tile more. Attach the tile to your keys or bag and use the app to find them.
Additionally, it works in reverse, so if you tend to put your phone on silent and then misplace it just press the button on your Tile and it will make your phone ring, even if it’s on silent. It also works with your Smart home devices.
Mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. So make sure you get off to a good start!