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As a mother of multiple children, mornings can often get a little hectic. From making breakfast for your children to getting them prepared for school, you likely don’t have a ton of time to get ready before starting your busy day. When every second counts, these tips on how to get ready more quickly in the morning will help get your day started smoothly and efficiently.
Listen to Your Alarm
This is the hardest thing I’m going to tell you to do. Your morning routine gets thrown off when you repeatedly hit snooze. Stop telling yourself you can get ready in 12 minutes when you know full well you need at least an hour.
Start a Capsule Wardrobe
Trying to figure out what to wear for the day can take up a substantial amount of time in the morning. If you’ve ever spent an embarrassing amount of time staring aimlessly at your closet waiting for an outfit idea to come to mind—haven’t we all?—you know exactly what we’re talking about. To make the process of putting together outfits a breeze, consider making a capsule wardrobe.
A capsule wardrobe is essentially a limited number of pieces that can be easily mixed and matched together to form a wide variety of outfits. Because nearly all of the pieces in the wardrobe work well together, it’s easy to put together stylish outfits in a minimal amount of time.
Bonus: Spray a little wrinkle releaser the night before to avoid accidentally looking like you slept in your outfit.
Create a Designated Spot for Your Morning Essentials
There are likely a few items that you always find yourself reaching for at the beginning of each day—your keys, wallet, and cell phone. To avoid wasting time running around the house during the morning trying to find these objects, consider giving them a designated spot. For example, you could place a small basket by your door that can store all of the little items you need to start your day.
Meal Prep Your Breakfast
Another effective tip on how to get ready more quickly in the morning is to prepare your breakfast the night before. If you usually have a smoothie for breakfast, consider placing all the fruit you’re going to use in a jar the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is add some juice or water and blend. Or you could make some banana bread or muffins the night before to eat throughout the week. There are plenty of healthy breakfast recipes that you can prepare in advance to help save you time during the morning.
Schedule your Coffee the Night Before
If your coffeemaker is programmable, don’t ignore that magnificent feature. Delayed brew time allows you to save time during breakfast. It also is an amazing feeling when you can wake up to already brewed coffee.
Simplify Your Makeup Routine
If you wear makeup, simplifying your routine can also help you save precious morning time. To simplify your routine, consider using multi-purpose products such as a foundation that doubles as a moisturizer or a lipstick that doubles as a blush. The fewer products you have, the quicker it’ll be to get ready—and stay organized.
Multi-task Whenever You Can
If you’re blow-drying your hair, turn your curling iron or straightener on so that it’s hot when you’re ready to use it.
Brush your teeth and listen to the news/traffic reports at the same time. Find makeup products that serve two purposes to cut down on time spent digging around in your bag.
Put off Checking Your Phone
If you tend to get lost in the feeds, save your social media checks for your morning break or for easing into your day at work. The memes and puppy pics will still be there when you sit down at your desk.