Getting ready in 10 minutes for anyone is difficult, but it can be even harder for moms on the go. There is so much work that needs to be done, that getting ready in 10 minutes just seems absurd. However, there is a lot of work you can do before bed that will help ease your workload in the morning. There is some prep work to be done, but it will all be worth it when you can get up and go.
Everyone loves a hot cup of Joe in the morning, but it can take a long time to make. It takes even longer if you like grinding your own beans. However, you can take care of all this the night before.
Most coffee makers have a timer feature that allows you to tell the coffee maker when to start making coffee. Just load up the beans and water, and it will do the rest before you even wake up. Have it start about 15 to 20 minutes before you get ready, and the coffee pot will be full and waiting.
If your coffee maker doesn’t have this feature, then you can at least load the water and beans the night before to save a few minutes.
Showering right after getting up is preferred, but doing it in 10 minutes can be difficult even for the fastest person. Many moms find it easier to shower the night before, instead of showering in the morning. But, think about what works for you. Some prefer showering during the night, while others can’t stand the thought of it.
You don’t want to leave the house looking like a wreck, so you need to get your hair and face ready before going out. Once again, some prep work will make everything much easier. Before morning, think about all the products you actually need. Eliminate everything that takes extra time or just doesn’t work that great. If you have everything ready, then you can easily apply lotions and make-up without having to take a lot of time deciding on what to use.
Speaking of preparation, make sure everything is easy to reach and find. Keep them all on a counter, desk or wherever you apply your products. Searching around for one product can take 1 or 2 minutes, which is 10-20 percent of the time you have to get ready.
Teach Kids to Make Breakfast
One of the most time consuming things in the morning is getting breakfast ready for your children. However, you can avoid this entirely by showing your children how to make breakfast. Pouring their own cereal or putting waffles in the toaster isn’t difficult, so your child can feel independent and you can put the time to better use.
Your Breakfast and Lunch
Just like making your children breakfast takes time, making your own breakfast can take a lot of time. Even a quick-cook bowl of oatmeal takes about 1 minute to make, plus another minute or two to eat. Instead, grab something quick like a piece of fruit or a granola bar. You can easily eat it while driving or on a train, and it only takes a second to pack.
Also, if you pack your own lunch for work, then pack it the night before so the work is out of the way. This saves several minutes and you won’t have to scramble around to find food.
Arrange the Essentials
What other things do you need in the morning? Most people need keys, their wallet, cell phone and a range of other items. Before going to sleep, put all of your essentials in one place. Also, to ensure you don’t forget them, place one item that you cannot leave the house without.
For example, if you drive to work, put your keys in this pile. That will make sure that you don’t forget anything.
Getting ready in 10 minutes isn’t difficult. You just have to do all the work the morning before to get ready. While the preparation will usually take about 20 minutes or so, it will make it much easier to just get up and go. So if you are busy, or if you just don’t like wasting a lot of time in the morning, use these tips to make your routine easier.
Tom writes for Heating Oil Shopper, a leading source of information on a range of topics related to MA heating oil prices.