I don’t remember when I became chronically late. It was probably around 2010 when I had my first child. Let’s blame the kids. Over the years, and after much complaining by my husband of my lateness, I’ve come up with some simple ways to get out of the house on time.
- Lay everything out the night before.
This sounds so simple, but so many times at night I just wanted to sit. I already cleaned up supper, did the dishes, folded some laundry, and picked up the floor. Why would I want to add yet another chore to my nightly to do list? Well…10 minutes at night saves you 10 minutes in the morning.
- Provide a Morning Routine Chart for your kiddos.
This was a game changer for us. We thought our kids knew what to do in the morning. Turns out, a visual was a great reminder for them to keep moving in the morning. This gives you time to get little ones ready while the big ones help themselves.
- Be completely ready before the kids get up.
So many times, my husband was still showering or I was doing my hair while eating breakfast when it was time to get the kids out of bed. If you are ready to walk out the door, the majority of your time can be spent helping them.
- Have a Lunchbox Station.
In my fridge, I have a system where the girls can grab and pack their lunch either in the morning or the night before. If this doesn’t work for you, pack their lunches (and yours!) the night before.
- Create a time margin.
For me, this means telling myself I need to leave 15 minutes before I actually need to leave. This allows for any disasters that may arise.
- Have a place for shoes.
How many times have you been running late only to hear “I can’t find my shoes!!!” and a massive shoe hunt ensues when you should be in the car already?? Throughout the week, we throw all shoes found in the garage or around the house in a bucket by the garage door. On Sundays, the girls take all of their shoes to their room and match them.
- Pick out outfits on Sundays.
Nothing is more annoying that grabbing an outfit for your child and she hates it. Or your daughter coming out of her room in clothes that would be more suitable for mismatch day. To ease the pain of picking out clothes, I put 5 outfits for each girl in their closet organizers. In the morning, they grab and wear. For me, I pick out my own 5 and hang in my closet.
I would love to hear YOUR tips on being on time with children! This chronically late turned sometimes late mama could always use advice in this area!