Sanity-Saving Storage Shortcuts That Get You Out the Door Faster
Speed up your morning routine with smart storage that helps you get ready and out the door faster—without forgetting a thing!
Yes, you do have time to eat breakfast. After all, it's the most important meal of the day. The trick is to set up an organized station that keeps all morning meal necessities within an arm's reach.
Ready to Go
Use an electric teakettle or hot-water dispenser as a starting point for the breakfast station. Use it to make tea, coffee, hot cocoa, and instant oatmeal. Also keep hand fruit, such as oranges, apples, or bananas, in a bowl on the counter. Even if you don't have time to eat at home, you can grab something for the road.
Reduce time spent scrambling around looking for something to eat with a well-stocked breakfast station. Store instant oatmeal, dried fruits, and nuts in glass canisters on open shelves for an easily accessible breakfast bar. Stow bowls and spoons near the cereal containers.
A French press and ground beans mean you can enjoy the bold flavor of freshly brewed coffee. With everything in one spot, you won't be digging around for coffee filters. Plus, a French press is smaller and sleeker than a traditional coffeemaker.
Skip the search for your favorite mug. Hang a rack of hooks below a designated coffee shelf to keep your mug mainstays accessible. Once you're finished with your drink, give your glass a quick hand-wash and hang back on a hook to air-dry.
Start Smart in the Bathroom
If you can make it in and out of the bathroom on time, chances are you'll be able to stay on track for the rest of the morning. Thus, you should make your bathroom storage as efficient as possible. Reduce time scrambling for hair tools, accessories, or beauty products with hyperorganized storage and practical fixtures.
Open cubbies give each family member quick access to the most frequently used grooming items, such as shaving products, makeup, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Try hexagon shelving for a nontraditional take on bathroom storage that provides display surfaces both on top and within the design.
Stay on Track
It's easy to lose track of time during groggy moments spent at the sink. Place a clock in plain view so everyone is aware of the time. If your family is prone to running late, set the clock a few minutes ahead to encourage stragglers.
Whose Is Whose
Using personalized storage solutions in the bath reduces time spent searching. Monogrammed towel hooks give each family member a place to keep a towel or robe without having to dig through the linen cabinet. Bonus: It's also a great place to set out clothing the night before.
Stash a shower caddy under the sink for each family member. This eliminates clutter in the shower and reduces time spent searching for your favorite body wash. Opt for a divided bin that holes bathing essentials upright when moving supplies to and from the shower.
The days of forgetting your wallet are over, thanks to this smart entryway. A divided bulletin board, well-placed shelving unit, and set of large fabric bins let you keep all your essentials in one place. A little premorning prep makes the day start even smoother.
Organize a divided bulletin board into three categories: to remember, to buy, and to take. Place near the entry so it's the last thing you see before you walk out the door.
Install a shelving unit with bag hooks at a height that all family members can reach. Assign a cubby to each family member so they can quickly grab what they need for the day.
Easy to Find
Use large fabric bins for pet supplies so they're at the ready when it's time for Fido's walk. The bins are also a great storage solution for library books that need to be returned, sporting equipment used regularly for workouts or practices, and cold-weather gear. Look for bins with handles to make it easy to transport goods to the car when needed.
Make the morning routine as simple as can be by taking time each evening to set out the bags and shoes you need for the next day. Bring in a chair or stool so there's a place to sit and pull on boots or tie shoes. You'll appreciate it even more when you stop to relax and take off your shoes at the end of the day.