Expert Advice: The Morning Routine

The kids are back to school we are settling into our routines but my mornings are crazy with packing lunches, finding backpacks, and getting all the items and/or gear that they need for their after school activities ready. HOW do we get out of the house on time?!

This is the biggest complaint that I get from my clients over and over again. I have created several routines and systems that are easy to maintain and make a world of a difference in how you start your day.

Organize Your Fridge

Everything in your kitchen should have a home, meaning that everyone in the house knows where everything is. All the cereals should be together, all the snacks, drinks, etc. This way there is no wasted time trying to find things in the morning. Leave the lunch bags out and ready to go the night before, that way in the morning all you have to do is start filling them as soon as you come into the kitchen.

Use Baskets

I love keeping everything in a basket. It makes it easy for me and the kids to just go into the basket and pick a snack. In the fridge, pick a bottom shelf to store juice pouches and small snacks that the kids can grab themselves, but also it makes it easier for you.

Create a Command Center

Pick a spot in your home (usually the entryway if you have room) that everyone in can have their own hook, cubby or basket. The kids should have their own hooks and learn to hang their jackets or coats on their hooks. Shoes that will be worn should be right under the corresponding hook and if there is space, their backpacks should be there as well. That way everything that you need to leave your house in the morning is there and ready to go. I know that this can be challenging, but trust me, it works miracles.

Pick Out Clothes In Advance

Ok, next biggie that will transform your morning is picking out the children’s clothes for the week in advance. I started doing this years ago with my oldest girl who is 13 now and it worked wonders. We would have these long drawn out battles every morning until one day I said, enough of this! We started picking her clothes out every Sunday night according to the events and activities she had going on during the week and, voila! -- problem solved! She couldn’t complain because she had chosen the outfit herself. We would always pick an extra outfit just in case. These routines will definitely make your mornings less stressful!


Bonnie Barrios has spent the last 10 years organizing people’s homes, life’s and helping them get rid of clutter. Bonnie has been featured in “ Military Spouse Magazine “, Mom Talk Radio, El Diario La Prensa, NBC Weekend Today, Barista Kids Montclair, and Big City Mom’s website where she gives advice on organizing your children, parenting and keeping it all together.

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