Ughh. It takes me a long time.
About two hours. And it seems even longer.
Let me set the scene first. I have two little ones. They go to “school” 3 days a week. I work but have a home office. Some days I have to go to client meetings. Some days I just have to get out of the house for human interaction.
My biggest problem is I don’t usually set an alarm. I wake up when one of my littles wakes up. If I have a meeting in Boston I need to get to, I will set my alarm for 6 and try to shower and get mostly ready before they wake up. They usually wake up about 7am.
So I feed them breakfast. We sometimes play a little bit. The oldest watches a show, or at least we have Disney Jr. on the TV…it takes her a WHILE to really wake up in the morning.
I shower, put on makeup, do my hair and get dressed. Sounds like a lot but I can do all that in 20 minutes max (as long as I don’t wash and dry my hair….hence the sock bun I’ve been sporting a lot recently.
There are days I don’t shower. Shhh…don’t tell. But I still wash my face, do makeup, etc. Actually, I tend to get more compliments on those days so maybe I shouldn’t shower more often Ha ha. And I ALWAYS get dressed. Meaning no gym clothes, sweats or pajamas out of the house!
I try to lay the girls clothes out the night before. I give my oldest input, maybe too much, but I usually ask her what color she wants to wear, and she responds with the color and if she wants to wear shirt/pants or a dress. The little one is too little so I still get to pick her clothes
I pack their lunches. My husband typically gets their lunches all ready, but I have to put the stuff in the lunch bags, and cook any hot food to put in each girls’ thermos.
I load the car. I often put the girls in the car first, the little one with a bottle and the eldest with a snack. We have a garage under our house and it’s warm and secure so don’t freak out on me. Then I load in their school bags. Then my purse, laptop bag, etc.
I often do a final check of the house to make sure the oven is off, no stove burners are on, irons are off, etc. Another final sweep to make sure kids have jackets, hats, mittens, etc. in the winter.
Then we are lucky to pull out of the garage two hours later.
And many times, I pull a u-turn and head back home for something I forgot.
And sometimes, I have to go back a second time.
Holy moly…I’m tired just typing all this. It’s exhausting.
What is your morning routine line? How long does it take you to get out of the house? Any tips to be more efficient?