Magazine article Working Mother

Morning: GET OUT THE DOOR

Magazine article Working Mother

Morning: GET OUT THE DOOR

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Plan ahead

face it, setting the kitchen clock 15 minutes fast isn't fooling anyone. instead, try these reader tips to get your act together in the a.m.

Separate problem clothes. "i get dressed for work in minutes because nothing goes into my closet unless it's ready to wear. if it needs ironing or has a spit-up stain or loose hem, it goes into a basket for a weekend fix." -leslie fortunato

Tap your task basket. "i stock a bin with hairbrush, sunscreen, daily medications and other get-ready things at my fingertips so searching for them doesn't trip me up." -amy lester

use a bulletin board. "i have a checklist on a bulletin board that i read to my kids to make sure we all have what we need." -nancy earlywine

Beat the CloCk

We try to jump morning hurdles with a cup of coffee in one hand and a Bob the Builder toothbrush in the other. Not the best way to set the pace and tone for the day. Handle morning trip-ups with tips from Tara Donohue Rudo, a certified professional organizer and founder of NoMorePiles. …

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