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What are some of your best tips to get your family organized & out the door quickly? We have very recently gone from a 2 kid household (though one is an adult at 19, but still lives at home), to a 4 kid household. Any tips would be appreciated... the main kiddos are 2,3,& 4. Thanks!

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How many bathrooms are there? Can some of you do baths/showers at night instead of in the morning?

Make sure all the kids have bookbags packed, permission slips signed, etc., BEFORE going to bed so they won't be frantically rushing around in the morning and possibly bothering you to help them find things.

Set your clock for at least 15-30 minutes before anybody else gets up and get yourself totally ready so you can help with any last-minute crises.

When my son was little, before he could read, I made him a little checklist with drawings of things he had to do each a.m. A picture of a shirt for "get dressed, a picture of a toilet for "go to the bathroom," a picture of a toothbrush, etc., with blocks for Mon-Fri. The list was laminated and he could use a crayon or marker to check off each thing as he did it. It was a big help.

Have outfits picked out the night before, along with shoes, uniforms, sports equipment, etc.

We had a wipe-off monthly calendar on the side of our fridge that we color-coded for each person. Some things, such as church, would be a color that was used for everyone. Doing this allowed us to look ahead a day or so to get prepared the night before before anything special.
 
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