Thursday, April 7, 2011

7 Ways To Calmly Get Out The Door In The Morning

Hello! Welcome to my blog where I will let you in on all of the best organizing tips for every area of your home! Organizing doesn't have to be hard. Attacking it just a little bit at a time is the best way to approach it. And, the dividends you will receive by having a neat and organized home (and life) will far outweigh the time you spent on these organizing tips. Ready - lets get started!

Today's topic: Getting out the door in the morning without stress. Face it, either you're an organized person or you're not. But if not, here are some basic organizing tips to get out the door on the average weekday morning.
  1. plan out what you are going to wear the night before. Hang it on the outside of your closet door so it's ready and waiting for you in the morning.
  2. limit your breakfast choices to a few quick and easy things. Oatmeal, cereal, breakfast bars come to mind. This is not the time for eggs, pancakes or anything that takes more then one minute to make. Save those culinary adventures for the weekends.
  3. have everything you need for the day right by the door you exit from. Library books that need to be returned, mail to post, items to drop off. Have it all in one big bag right by the front door. A bag you put together THE NIGHT BEFORE.
  4. anything you need to remember on a regular basis that can't fit into the bag, make a sign or cut out of the item and post it on the front door THE NIGHT BEFORE. We have a purple foam cut out of a violin. Whenever my son needs to take his violin to school, I put the cutout on the front door right above the door knob at eye level.. Our front door is metal, so I glued a magnet on the back, but tape would work also. This way we can't forget the violin in the morning, and family members who leave earlier won't trip over the it.
  5. pack lunch THE NIGHT BEFORE, or the Sunday before -  (this would be a good cutout item for the front door also.)
  6. take a minute to figure out what dinner will be tonight. Is there anything you can pull out of the freezer now and leave to thaw in the fridge all day? If so, do it.
  7. useful storage things to have by the front door:   mirror to check yourself in before you leave, basket containing sunglasses, a key rack, an outgoing mail cubby. Anything that makes your life easier in the morning is worth taking a few minutes to set up THE NIGHT BEFORE.
Are you sensing a trend here? I'll let you in on a secret - the best way to assure yourself a smooth morning to to prepare all you can THE NIGHT BEFORE. That way you have a bit of wiggle room in the morning to adapt for those inevitable things that will go wrong. Plan ahead to give yourself this room.

That's it for now. Try at least one of these tips and see if it makes your life easier. Start small and grow into an organized person! Then you won't need any more organizing tips! (just kidding)

If you would like more organizing tips, find more in my eBook, 30 Days to an Organized Home, by clicking on the title. Also available on Kindle.

be organized!.....evelyn

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