I don’t know about you but in our house school mornings always seem a big rush as we scramble to get everybody ready and out of the house on time for school bus and work commutes. So we have rounded up 10 Simple School Morning Hacks Guaranteed to Make Life Easier:
#1. Have the Uniform or Clothes in One Place
Put school uniform in one place laid out the night before so your child can get dressed easily and won’t waste time looking for things.
We like this idea from Commonchaos.com to use a storage cube in the room where the uniform is kept, ready and easy to access.
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#2. Set the Table For the Morning
Dry or non-refrigerated breakfast items can be set out along with utensils and bowls/plates.
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#3. Make Quick Breakfasts
Make up your porridge or Bircher Muesli the night before ready to switch on, or if you are need a change from cereal or porridge, here are some Quick and Healthy Breakfast ideas.
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#4. Establish a Routine
Getting the kids into a routine will simplify and make school mornings easier and faster.
These printable morning flash cards from Amy at LivingLocurto.com are cute and a great idea to help your child remember what they need to do. (She also has a cute After School Routine Free Printable Poster to help kids get organised when they come in.)
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#5. Make Lunches Night Before
I have always made lunches the night before, put them in the fridge and they have been absolutely fine. But even if you prefer making the sandwiches on the morning, you can have everything else ready to go the night before.
DaNita from Delightful Order is super organised and has little divider trays for her kids’ lunches set up in the fridge. Check out her blog as she has lots of other great ideas for getting organised.
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#6. Pack School Bags Night Before
The night before make sure your child’s school bag or backpack is packed and ready with completed homework, any signed notes, money for activities that they need to bring in.
#7. Check the Calendar or Noticeboard for Next Day
Check your calendar or noticeboard the night before and again before everyone heads out for the day so you know who is going where for after-school activities etc. Checking the evening before will also give you time to arrange any car pooling or pick ups with other parents if needed.
On a Monday evening at dinner time we always discuss what everyone has on that week so that at least we have no surprises later in the week.
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#8. Keep Hair Stuff Handy
We keep hairbrushes in one container, hair bands/ties in another, and any hair detangling spray nearby so that girl hair styling can be done quickly and easily. Here are 6 Easy Hairstyles for School To Make Mornings Simpler.
This is a cool idea to keep your hair ties together, on a carabiner. Image from Pinterest.
Also nearby is the tea-tree spray for helping to keep hair lice away. A quick spray every morning before we leave is in our routine.
#9. Handy Toothbrush Storage
Keep toothbrushes downstairs in the kitchen in a drawer with an organiser so they are handy and don’t cause delays (or excuses as kids wander off upstairs and take ages!).
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#10. Make a Space for storing School Bags
Make a space in your hallway to hang schoolbags up and to keep everything that needs to go out with family members, e.g. gym kits, folders, coats, hats, gloves etc.
Here’s a nice example from Theorganisehousewife.com.au.
Over to you now. What’s your standby tip for helping to save time and make school mornings go easier? Share it with us in the comments below!