Managing Morning Mayhem

“may·hem [mey-hem, mey-uhm]

a state of rowdy disorder”

Mornings pose a problem for most families. There’s always too little time to do too many things before getting out the door. The solution to the morning mayhem dilemma is definitely found in the very old and very wise idiom “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I have identified 8 preventative measures you can put into place to turn your  morning mayhem into household harmony!

Preventative Measure 1

Create a morning routine (age appropriate) so  there is consistency and everyone knows what they need to do. For Example:

Dad

  • Get up
  • Make bed
  • Shower/Dress
  • Breakfast
  • Leave house

Mum

  • Get up
  • Shower/Dress
  • Breakfast
  • Make/Pack lunches
  • Tidy Up
  • Leave house

Child 1

  • Get up
  • Make bed
  • Shower/Dress
  • Breakfast
  • Make/Pack lunches
  • Clear table
  • Leave house

Child 2

  • Get up
  • Make bed
  • Shower/Dress
  • Breakfast
  • Make/Pack lunches
  • Empty/Pack dishwasher
  • Leave house

Preventative Measure 2

Prepare as much as possible the night before. For example, you could do one or more of the following:

  • Pre-prepare breakfast and or lunches
  • Set  breakfast table
  • Pack work/school bags
  • Lay out clothes for you and children
  • Charge phones/devices
  • Start dishwasher
  • Put a load of washing on
  • Go to bed at a reasonable hour
  • SET the ALARM!
Photo of mobile phone charging overnight

Charge your devices overnight

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Preventative Measure 3

Get up a little earlier. For example:

  • Make time for some exercise, meditation or planning
  • Hang washing
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Do some extra little jobs
Photo of washing hanging on a clothes line

Hang a load of washing before work

Preventative Measure 4

Create designated places for items such as: bags, coats, keys, shoes, sports equipment, musical instruments, shopping lists etc that are needed when leaving the house
Photo of coats and bags hanging on a rack in a hallway

Have a spot to hang coats and bags

Preventative Measure 5

Reduce distractions by TURNING OFF THE TV. Getting ready takes twice as long with constant TV racket.

Preventative Measure 6

Create a central paper station for things like newsletters, permission slips, canteen lunch menus, uniform shop lists, class lists etc so you have everything on hand when needed. As well as childrens items, include your to-do and shopping lists. We call this a Ready Reference File in the Paper Flow System.

Preventative Measure 7

Organise your makeup, beauty products and toiletries so that everything is easily accessible, useable and replaceable with the minimum of fuss.You don’t want to search for your one favourite lipstick amongst many you have EVERY morning! Set up a system and then work with it.
Photo of makeup in a cup holder

Organise the makeup you use daily into an easy to use container

Preventative Measure 8

Let others do as much as possible. Everyone should take responsibility for as much as they can. Once they master making beds, getting dressed, doing shoes up, making lunches etc, hand the job over and expect the best and accept their best efforts until they become more competent. PERFECTION standards ruins much of the fun of learning how to do things yourself. Aim for GOOD ENOUGH, perfection can wait

With a bit of planning and a lot of luck your Morning Mayhem WILL turn into Household Harmony!