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Saving Spoons: Overcoming the Morning Scramble

Photobucket I know I’m not the only one running out the door at the very last second praying that there isn’t a huge drop-off line at daycare or that no one will notice if my voicemail turns off at 8:05 versus 8:00 once I arrive at work. As much as I want to, lately I just cannot seem to get it together in the mornings. I spend every spare minute in bed (my joints are ready for the chilly winter mornings to go away) which leaves me rushing to get myself ready, Abby ready for daycare, and keep the dogs from driving me batty. This of course can be avoided if 1) I actually get out of bed when my alarm goes off and/or 2) Plan the night before to keep the morning routine as simple and stress-free as possible. Planning the night before could involve laying out my clothes for work (which includes ironing), laying out Abby’s clothes, and making sure her daycare bag is ready to go. Sounds simple enough right? So why can’t I get it together?

So I have searched the interwebs and come across these wonderful posts from moms (including spoonie moms) on how to simplify your morning routines so that you can actually leave the house with a smile instead of a frenzy!

Organizing Children’s Morning Routines When You’re Ill by Lisa Copen

Conquering Morning Chaos by The Practical Mom Guide

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Baffled

    I would set up an ironing board in front of the TV sometime over the weekend. Pop in a movie and iron my shirts for the week. My back can only tolerate so much ironing so I also have ones that didn’t need ironing. Between the two I was usually set for two weeks after a single ironing session. And watching a movie took the tedium out of the task.

    March 13, 2011 at 1:14 am
    • Reply Jamee

      Maybe that’s why I hate ironing! I always iron in the cooped up laundry area and its a drag! I’ll have to move into the living room next time and turn on some gibbs to make it more enjoyable! You are a genius!

      March 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Baffled

    I also have a keyrack next to the door so the keys always get hung up as soon as I walk in. I also have a table near the door so work related items get stacked there such as ID badges and watches.

    March 13, 2011 at 1:16 am
    • Reply Jamee

      I so need a place right by the door to put my things when I come in from work! My purse always ends up in the worst place and I can never keep up with my keys! We are getting ready to redo our playroom (where our 2nd entrance is) and I told Hubs that I had to set up a “welcome” area so that everything (like my purse and the diaper bag) has a proper place to go!

      March 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply Joy

    Thanks for including me in your links! My thing was I used to keep our kitchen clocks 15 minutes ahead and I finally moved them back when we had the time change since it actually made it harder to get out of the house since I kept telling myself that the clocks were ahead so we still had time. It backfired every time:)

    March 15, 2011 at 7:26 am
    • Reply Jamee

      My mom used to do the clock trick too but as for the same reasons you stated, it didn’t work! Hopefully I can get the hang of the morning routine so it won’t be as much chaos! Of course the time change and it being pitch black when my alarm goes off doesn’t help much 🙁 But thanks for visiting! I love you blog & find your articles so helpful!

      March 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm

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