It has been as slow week around here for subscription boxes, but a busy week in general. As I was rushing around this morning getting ready, I was thinking, “There’s got to be more efficient ways to do this” so with some input from friends and some research, I came up with a list of “short cuts” to help make mornings (or any time, really) a little smother. I am by no means great at getting out of the house on time (or saving time for that matter) but I have learned a few things along the way, so I also included what has helped me get out of the house in a hurry.
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends. If I compiled this list on my own, it would have two items, and the second one would say: “ask your husband to get you out of the house by any means necessary” (including bribery, physical dragging, and lying about what time we need to be somewhere). Has your husband done any of these? I think mine has tried it all!
Here’s what we came up with:
1. Instead of just putting outfits together for the next day, put them together for the week- for yourself and your children. I usually do this on Sundays, and I use clothespins from the Dollar Store to put together my son’s entire outfit. It’s not a fancy system, but it works well for our family. You could even involve your child and teach them responsibility and organization by buying a days of the week cubby to hold their outfits for the week.
2. Bathing your child and/or yourself the night before. You won’t have to spend time blow drying your hair.
3. Have everything you need for the next day packed and ready to go by the door. This helps so you’re not running around last minute trying to get everything together.
4. Put a key hook or bowl by the front door. It sounds simple, but if I didn’t have my little key bowl (something we picked up from our honeymoon in Cabo!) I’d be lost.
5. Prepare snacks and lunches the night before. The more you can cut out of your morning routine by doing the night before means more time to do things that require time like makeup and making/eating breakfast. It just makes your day less chaotic.
6. One word: Dry shampoo. Okay, two words. I love dry shampoo. Even when I’ve just washed my hair, I still use dry shampoo to give it some volume (I’m partially Filipino and I have very flat, Asian hair). I’ve used some of the most expensive brands out there, but it turns out my favorite is Suave. Who would have thought?
7. Keep makeup simple. Instead of doing your whole makeup routine, stick to a couple of basics that highlight your best features. For me that’s just putting on mascara and coverup, and do the rest in the car or just skip it.
8. Eat breakfast in the car. Just make sure it’s healthy! Bananas and Pro bars are some of my favorite on-the-go foods.
9. Get a watch. It seems so simple. I just did this, and I’m glad I did. I found I was wasting a lot of time getting ready using my phone as a clock, which ultimately ended up in “quickly” checking text messages or responding to a quick email. Put it in your purse and wait to check it until you’re walking to the car!
10. Be decisive and move on. I recently found out the reason we get so exhausted from shopping trips is the amount of time we spend comparing items and making decisions. This applies to trying to get out of the house as well. If you spend all of your time deciding what outfit to wear, what to dress your kids in, and what to make for breakfast, you’re going to be exhausted as soon as you get to the car, and your day has just started.
Well, I hope this list helps someone. Do you guys have any time-saving ideas? If you do, please leave a comment. You’d be surprised by how much your tip could help someone!