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Last Updated on August 19, 2021

With young kids in school, it's crucial that our kids' morning routine runs smoothly. I made a simple change last year that saved my sanity. So, I'm sharing my kids' morning routine and the easy organization hack that totally changed our mornings.

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School is back in session. Your alarm goes off and your morning routine begins. You have 30 minutes until you have to get your kids out of the door. Time is ticking. Everything seems to be going smoothly, and then it happens. “Mom! I don't know what to wear!” or “Mom, I want to wear my blue dress today–where is it?!” And with that, your morning routine grinds to a halt and your frustration flares.

At the beginning of the school year last year, that's what nearly every morning sounds like in our house. With young twin girls, I was hearing it from at least one of them every morning. I finally decided I couldn't take it anymore and implemented one organization hack that has totally transformed our morning routines. That's not to say that every morning is total bliss (we still have breakfast food drama occasionally), but I have totally solved the clothing drama and you can, too.

Now, my girls know without exception that they are to hop out of bed when their alarms go off, make their beds and get dressed before they even come out of their rooms. Here's how we have accomplished that. It's so simple, you will wonder why you've never thought of it before.

We organize their outfits for the week every Sunday night. Yep, that's the simple organization hack. But let me tell you exactly how we do it because how you implement this system will affect how well it works.

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Simplify Your Kids' Morning Routine With this Organization Hack

We give our girls the control.

Every Sunday night, we set aside time before bed to choose their outfits for the week. Our girls can have as little or as much input as they want. Sometimes they don't care at all and I can do it in about 2 minutes, other times they want to be super involved and hand select every outfit.

Bottom line, if you have a kid who is very particular about what they wear, this organization hack should still work for you–just give them full control to pick their outfits Sunday night with the understanding that there won't be any last minute changes in the mornings. So they pick what they want out of their drawers (or the laundry basket, lol).

We pick 6 outfits, not just 5. 

Even though there are only 5 days in a school week, we choose 6 outfits. That way if they suddenly dislike one of the outfits that they picked out, they have a wildcard option. You could do more if you want, but we go with 6 because of what I am going to share next.

We put the selected outfits in a hanging clothes organizer.

Our hanging clothes organizer has 6 cubes, which is why we select 6 outfits every Sunday night. We don't load the outfits up in any particular order. And our girls don't wear the outfits in any particular order. They just go in an grab any outfit that they feel like wearing that day. It's as simple as that.

These are the exact hanging clothes organizers we use. But you can find lots of other affordable options here. Each of our girls has their own in their closet.

organized girls closet

closet organizer

It may sound too good to be true. Frankly, I wasn't confident that it would really work for us. But it worked like a charm for us 8 months out of the school year last year AND for summer camps so far this year. So, if you struggle with your kids morning routine especially when it comes to choosing clothes, I couldn't recommend this system more highly!

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