I will admit I have been a little overwhelmed lately by the volume of  tasks I want to accomplish.  In today’s fast paced world I feel that things are moving at such break neck speed that it is almost impossible to keep up with all the information coming at me and as a result all the things I would like to add to my ‘to-do’ list.  So many good ideas…so little time.

It is amazing how much and how quickly paperwork can pile up on our counters and desks.

In part 1 of taking control of your paperwork we talked about sorting through all you paperwork to understand what categories you have been collecting.  today we talk about reducing the paperwork we keep.

Are you ready to take control of the paper clutter that is covering your counters and piled up on your desk?

The first step to learning how to be in control of the paper flow in your space is to actually know what all those papers are.  This seems like a huge task but a necessary one to actually see and understand the type of paper that is gathering in your space.

Well we are a couple of weeks into the new school year… Always a very busy time in our house and the beginning of some very chaotic schedules that is for sure.

Alarm clock rings, time to start the day! You crawl out of bed…stagger into the kids room and poke them awake…make your way back to your room and start to get ready for the day…go

back into kids room and poke again… a bit harder as this time you really mean they need to get up! Then the day begins for real. “Mom? Where are my pants? I can’t find any clean socks! What’s for lunch? I need $10 for a field trip! Where’s the permission slip?” and the litany goes on.

Does this sound familiar to you? Most parents have had days like this and I know that for a lot of you this type of day happens all too often. Days full of frustration, chaos and tears! Are you ready to calm this chaos and create a routine for a smooth weekday morning transitions?

The answer to having a calm morning begins the night before! Creating an evening routine that includes planning for the next morning will deal with most of these issues, stop the tears, and end the frustration.

Here are some solutions to avoid Morning Madness days:

1. Plan lunches during the clean-up period after supper. Pre-package anything that can be prepared ahead of time and pack all non-refrigerated items in lunch bags at that time. Create a designated place on your kitchen counter for lunch bags. Getting the kids involved in helping pack their lunch bags and ready to go for the morning will allow them to make a few choices that they’ll be happy to eat the next day. All that should be left to do the next morning is to take things out of the fridge and heat up any hot items to go into their lunch bags.

2. Get all school paperwork signed before bed and check your main calendar to see if there are any special activities planned for the next day.

3. Pack school bags with any special needs for the next day such as gym clothes, sports equipment needed for after school activities and any signed paperwork (see #2).

4. Pick out your children’s school clothing for the next day, dealing with any laundry issues before bed. (You know, “But Mom, those aren’t my favourite jeans!” drama). Better to discover that the night before than at 7:00 am the next morning!

5. Plan breakfast the night before, ensuring everyone gets a good start to their day. Even if they will be eating on the run, plan what they will eat and have it ready to prepare so they get something into their tummy before school! I have one kid who does not do mornings very well. We have had to learn to accommodate her natural “I hate morning” behaviour by being prepared to give her something to eat as she gets dressed, otherwise she would not eat anything at all. (She just will not sit and eat breakfast as it takes away from that extra minute of sleep she feels she needs! LOL)

Dealing with the root causes of the dreaded Morning Madness Syndromes the night before can ease morning chaos and can make for a much less stressful and more peaceful start to the day!