Three times this week I have actually managed to get us all to the school doors before they have opened! This has been my holy grail since the youngest started school last September. Whoop whoop, where’s my ‘I completed the school run on time medal’? What, there isn’t one??! Oh!
We won’t talk about my epic fail that happened the other week though. Oh you want to know why? Well, we walked all the way to school without my youngests school bag, which had her packed luch and drink in too. She then proceeded to tell EVERYONE about this from the school gates all the way to her classroom. Why do they do that? Anyway, a quick dash home ensued with a detour to the school again on my way to work.
This fail of mine got me thinking. How did I get good at this school run thing? I came to the conclusion it was because I was being that little bit more organised the night before. This was making my mornings run smoother. Find out below what we do to get out of the house and to school on time.
The night before:
- Sort kids bags – As soon as the kids walk in the door, or when I get home from work the girls bags are empted. Drink bottles are washed up and packed lunch boxes, if used, are cleaned out. I also read all the letters/notes/flyers/birthday invites that have come home that day. Fill out any forms that need completing and put them back in the bags. All ready to be handed in the next day.
- Update calendar – Add any school trips/birthday invites/important dates to the calendar and clip the piece of paper to the girls individual clipboards.
- Check what’s on for the next day – I then check if there is anything happening the next day that the girls need extra things for. If so, I sort it there and then. If I don’t I will forget!
- Start preparing packed lunches – If they are not having a hot dinner I make sandwiches and create their piles of lunches in the fridge. These usually include a sandwich, cheese string, yoghurt and fruit. They then just need putting in the girls packed lunch boxes the next morning. I also add crisps or breadsticks to their cleaned out packed lunch boxes and leave these on the side. They are then ready for the fridge stuff in the morning.
- What are you wearing? – I have been sorting out the girls uniform and my work clothes for the next day before bedtime. Including pants and socks for all of us. This has certainly helped, and it moves the ‘I have nothing to wear’ conversation to the night before. Don’t forget the shoes. I leave ours at the bottom of the stairs ready for the morning.
- Empty dishwasher – I hate leaving the house with dirty dishes on the side, so having an empty dishwasher when I get up in the morning means the dishes from breakfast can go straight in.
And in the morning:
- Get up before the kids – I have been trying to get up at least half an hour before the girls do. This gives me time to have a drink, catch up with social media and sort out my daily Instagram post. Now I know I’m lucky with this, but I have to wake the girls just after 7. While the girls are coming too, watching TV or playing with toys its time for a shower and to get changed and do hair before breakfast.
- Keep their breakfast simple – I’ve noticed that if I keep the options to three things breakfast goes smoother. These are cereal, toast/brioche or fruit and yoghurt.
- Keep your breakfast simple – I have been loving smoothies and it starts my day feeling quite virtuous. With smoothies I can sometimes get at least 2.5 of my 5 a day in one go. My go to reciepe is banana, frozen fruit (either mixed fruit, raspberries or blueberries), handful of spinach, chocolate flavoured whey protein and almond milk. Bung it in the Nutribullet and you are off.
- 8 am and everyone back upstairs – The girls can both get themselves dressed on their own now and then off to wash, brush teeth and hair. Kids then entertain themselves for 10 minutes while I brush my teeth and do make up.
- 8.30 am – shoes on, grab bags (don’t forget the bags!!) and go!!
This routine seems to be the one that works for us. It has certainly helped take the stress out of getting the three of us out of the house, looking decent ish and to school and work on time.
What is your routine? What helps get you and your family out of the house in the morning?
Lets get organised!