Morning is my favorite time of day; I get up early and make a cup of tea and have some quiet time before I wake my kids. And then I run around like a crazy person trying to get them both ready for school. Fortunately, I work at home, which means that I can throw on my running clothes to take the kids to school and worry about looking presentable later in the day. Go me.
On the days I have to be somewhere, though, the combination of waking the boys, making the lunches and getting myself dressed frequently leaves me in need of a nap by 10 am. So what’s the strategy for getting out of the house in the morning without losing your mind? Try this.
Plan ahead. Choose your outfit the night before; put all the pieces together. The last thing you want to discover in the morning rush is that you don’t have the right tights or bra or shoes. I have a valet hook on the closet door where I can hang everything; I lay my jewelery out on the dresser, right next to the closet. That way I don’t have to think at all.
Go with what works. Don’t try to reinvent your look on a busy morning. Instead, opt for a dress or separates combination that you know look and feel great. If you’re concerned about repeating an outfit, change up your accessories.
Layer up. Fall weather can be tricky — it’s cold at school drop off but warm by lunch time. Perfect layering weather! A basic tee plus a cardi plus a jacket carries you through your entire day. Layers can also carry you from day to evening, if you’re not heading directly home from work.
Check your bag. I keep my bag and keys in the exact same place, all the time, because it’s just embarrassing to be hunting for my things after I’ve yelled at the kids about keeping track of theirs. If I’m going to change bags, I do it the night before, when I can carefully unpack and repack all my essentials. As a rule, though, I carry a neutral hobo or tote that works with everything, because then it’s one less thing to worry about.
Stock your car. I keep a phone charger and a pair of sunglasses in my car all the time, because those are the things I find myself needing on the road. I have a friend who stores a stick of deodorant in her glovebox because … well, just because. It always pays to be prepared.
What are your strategies for getting out of the house looking good on a school day?
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