Getting ready for the next day

With four kids needing to get dressed and out the door and sleep being a precious commodity, I’ve been looking for ways to cut the time required in the mornings. One thing that helps a whole lot is having everything ready and set out the night before.

As soon as E and M get home from school, I empty their backpacks of whatever papers they did that day and reload them complete with their next day’s snack. I put their masks and M’s pre-k tag on their backpacks so they are ready to put on before we go out the door. I also wash their water bottles and put them by their backpacks so remember to fill them in the morning.

A is potty training so there are almost always bags of wet clothes in his backpack. I take them out and reload with clean training pants and extra shorts if he needs them as soon as we get home from picking him up from preschool. (N has a backpack, too, but he leaves it at school and only brings it home on Fridays.)

I also set out their next day’s clothes (for all six) including underwear and socks and whatever I am planning to put in M’s hair the next day (bows or bobbles or whatever). The only thing I don’t set out is shoes because we keep them in the hallway on pegs so they are easily accessible by each child on their own.

Having all that out and ready shaves about about ten minutes from our mornings. This means we can wake up at 6:30 and still be out the door by 7:15 and that extra ten minutes of sleep is totally worth the effort the evening before!

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