10 Morning Routine Tricks to Cut Down on the Chaos (PHOTOS)

Adriana Velez | Sep 23, 2014 Home & Garden

morning womanLike many of you, I started the new school year with some resolutions. Number one on my list is to FIX my morning routine. No more rushing out the door like a madwoman, forgetting half the stuff I need. No more tantrum-throwing (by me or my son) becase we can't find something. No more tearing our hair out, no more tears. This year we will GET IT TOGETHER!

As a naturally disorganized and easily distracted mom who may or may not have ADD, I live and die by my systems. This fall I implemented a few that have been helping me kick some serious school morning butt. Here are 10 morning routine tricks and hacks that can make life just a little less crazy. Try them yourself and see!

How do you cut down on chaos in the morning at your house -- have you ever been able to fit in #4 or do #10?

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  • Get 7 to 8 Hours of Sleep

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    What a difference a good night's sleep makes! Most moms (me included) can't pull this off every night, but it's good to try and make it a priority.

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  • Start the Morning the Night Before

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    I've started packing my son's lunch, grinding my coffee beans, unloading the dishwasher, and planning our outfits the night before, and it helps. I'm usually wiped out and drained by the end of the day, but it's worth it. Doing just these few things ahead makes me feel more organized and ready right off the bat.

  • Stop Hitting the Snooze Button

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    Here's a habit I NEED to break! Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona, says repeatedly hitting the snooze button can wreck your morning in two ways.

    "First, you're fragmenting what little extra sleep you're getting, so it is of poor quality," he says. "Second, you're starting to put yourself through a new sleep cycle that you aren't giving yourself enough time to finish. This can result in persistent grogginess throughout the day."

  • Work Out First Thing in the Morning

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    This is actually something I started doing a couple years ago, and I'm sticking with it. Working out first thing in the morning gets my blood flowing and gives me the energy I need to propel us out the door every day.

    More from The Stir: Moms Who Get Ready in the Morning Clearly Have More Time Than Me

  • Organize Your Makeup & Toiletries

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    Ikea has this nifty First: 59 website with ideas from bloggers and experts on how to streamline your morning routine. One is to use drawer dividers for your makeup and toiletries.

    Most of us feel calmer and more in control when everything LOOKS tidy and organized -- plus it's easier to find things we're looking for in haste -- so this makes perfect sense. (Which reminds me, I REALLY need to organize my desk at the office ... )

  • Make a Morning Playlist

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    Get everyone's energy up first thing -- and set an optimistic mood for the day -- with a playlist of happy songs. PLAY THAT FUNKY MORNING MUSIC, DJ MOMMY!

  • Make Breakfast the Night Before

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    This is another one I need to start doing: Prepare a Crock-Pot breakfast that cooks overnight so your kids can get their own dang breakfast. Oh look, here's a whole 'nother batch of overnight Crock-Pot breakfast recipes.

  • Get Ready While the Kids Eat Breakfast

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    Here's another IKEA idea. "Each morning, I like to set the kids up with their breakfast first," says Melanie Edwards of ModernMami. "This allows me some time to freshen up in the bathroom while they eat." Wow, Melanie, you must have some well-behaved kids if you can leave them alone to eat unsupervised! But if you are so lucky, it sounds like a good way to go -- especially when your kids are a little older.

  • Put Your Kids' Things in Easy Reach

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    "Implement kid-friendly solutions throughout the home to make it easy for [them] to access what [they] need," suggests IKEA design spokeswoman Janice Simonsen. So in other words, make sure their clothes, toiletries, and school things are easy to find and easy to reach. It makes life simpler for all of you.

  • Pad Your Schedule

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    It takes eight minutes for us to walk to the bus stop. But instead of aiming to get there as soon as the bus is due to arrive like I used to, I now try to get there five minutes early. I also allot a few precious extra minutes for our walk. Sounds so obvious, right? But it can be easier said than done. Still, giving your schedule a cushion wherever you can really does work and makes things less stressful and rushed. Why cut it close if you don't absolutely have to?

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