Thursday, 7 September 2017

How to speed up the morning routine.

The kids have been back at school for a couple days and hasn't been that bad getting back into a routine....

We usually get up at about 7am and we have to be organised. Becky leaves for school at 8am and Ellie at about twenty past eight. We always used to be in a mad rush finding misplaced bags or shoes but over the years I have figured out how to speed up the morning routine a little....

Get the kids their own alarm clocks.

My two have had their own alarm clocks for a couple of years now....They go off at the same time as mine and Becky will usually get up herself and Ellie will doze off back to sleep but at least when I go to wake her she is half awake which makes getting her out of bed a little easier. Yesterday was the first day where the kids were both up and dressed by the time I went to get them up. Hooray!

Make lunches ahead of time!

Sandwiches can easily be made the night before. You can also put fruit, cheese, drinks water bottle or whatever else will be going into the lunch bag together on a shelf in the fridge that way you can save precious extra time by not having to look for each item in the morning.

Check out the weather forecast!

That way you can make sure the wellies, umbrellas and coats are ready by the door if the forecast calls for rain or thick coats if the temperatures are supposed to drop....We were not prepared on Tuesday. It was chucking it down and reminded me that I needed to check the weather the night before....

Pack the bag the night before.

Have your child get their school bag ready the night before. Homework, library books, letters that need signing or anything that needs to be taken to school should be in their bag...After the girls have done their homework/reading we make sure they have everything they need for the next day. Keep the bag in the same place along with their shoes so they are easy to find in the morning....

 Stick to regular morning routines!

Sticking to the same morning routine every day will speed things up because the kids will probably get the hang of what they need to do and will likely do it without any reminders eventually....Our routine is get out of bed, get dressed, have breakfast, wash our faces, teeth brushed, shoes and coats on and out the door! As long as we stick to it...It works brilliantly!!

Get a Timer!

If you have a child who can easily spend half an hour getting dressed or take five minutes to put on one shoe try using a timer to get your slow coach on the move....Kids love to make a game out of things....If you challenge them to beat the clock they'll be less likely to daydream and become distracted while getting ready...

Give them time to play.

It may sound crazy letting the kids play before school but I always tell my girls if they are ready with time to spare they can play or go on their tablets until it's time to leave. It is amazing how quickly they can get ready if they are given an incentive like this....hehehe

Have you got any tips on how to speed things up on a morning?


  1. Fantastic tips Kim, and ones I remind myself off frequently, then instantly forget five minutes later. I lost count of the times I had to get up an hour earlier last year, just so Star could do her homework which she had 'forgotten' about. I like the timer idea for getting dressed. I've not tried that, mine are soooo slow it's unbelievable. I usually end up helping them when they should really be doing it themselves, but we don't have three hours to get ready!!

  2. Great tips and i have everything all prepared the day before

  3. These are great tips for speeding up the morning. Sophie now stays for lunch at preschool and getting ready the night before was so much easier. I'm a big fan of doing as much as possible the night before if I can. The girls have some play time before they get dressed but they know that they only have until a certain time and then we all have to get ready. Using a timer might be a good trick if needed though! :-)

  4. Good idea about the timer. I always do packed lunches and pack bags the night before