The Morning Hustle

Awww Monday morning, I am not happy to see you!

After a fun-filled weekend, a restless night’s sleep and over sleeping, I was forced to operate at high-speed this morning to ensure that everyone arrived at work and school on time.

I would say that 80% of our mornings go smoothly. However, the other 20% result in me doing the morning hustle. Rushing, running, and scurrying around to make sure my family gets out the door. For me, it’s not an option to skip components of my children’s morning routine. Regardless of how late we are, they still have to eat breakfast, wash-up, brush their teeth, and make sure their bags are packed with the proper items for school.

When I am in the position of having to cut time out of our morning routine I find it in my own routine. I have several “skips” that I use to squeeze extra minutes out of the morning.

Here are some ways that I have kept my family on time in the morning:

Skip the blowdry. I usually leave the house with wet hair (even in winter!)

Pass on the ironing. If my clothes are really wrinkly,  I might toss them into the dryer, but I just don’t have the time to iron things in the morning. Pieces of clothing that are supposed to look that nice on a regular basis, find their way to the dry cleaners.

Avoid the shower. Yes, I have been faced with making an important meeting or taking a nice hot shower, the meeting wins.

Apply makeup in the Dunkin Donuts line. Some rushed mornings when I don’t have time to apply makeup I put on the basics while waiting for my coffee at Dunkin Donuts (because no morning is EVER too rushed for coffee!) And, sometimes in the summer, when I have a nicer glow to my skin, I’ve been known to be found in the work bathroom applying my makeup.


Pass on the tights. Tights, nylons, stockings, whatever you wear and whatever you call them, they take up a lot of time. If I’m rushed, the last thing I do is grab a pair of stockings to wear under my dress. Since I’m already rushed I will hurry to put them on, which eventually leads to a run or a hole, so why bother? I grab a pair of knee socks and my go-to boots. Lets just hope that I didn’t skip on shaving my legs, because hairy knees are the worst!

While it might seem unseemly to skip some of these steps in your morning routine, it really does save the essential minutes on those stressful mornings. Surprisingly, I don’t always look like a hot mess when I arrive at work. I have discovered that the key to pulling off the “skips” is to make sure you don’t do multiple skips on same morning. Showing up at work with wet hair, no make up and wrinkled clothes…well, that might be questionable. Just use one skip at a time and make sure to alternate.

How else can I save time in the morning?

Good luck and happy mornings!

9 thoughts on “The Morning Hustle

  1. Considering we missed the bus on both Friday and Monday, I feel your pain in the hustle. I, too, often skip the makeup part, sometimes the shower part. (I didn’t skip it the makeup on Monday, hence the missed bus! OOps) There’s gotta be an easier way, right? Probably not.

  2. I have found that I’m pushed to skipping morning showers sometimes too! I should just shower at night but after spending my day “rushing” [morning, getting to work, getting work done, rushing home, rushing through night time prep, rushing through dinner cleanup] I don’t have energy at night either LOL I’m glad for the cold weather because pantyhose actually save me time so I don’t have to shave ;-P The #1 thing that has been skipped is any “hair do”…I’ve succumbed to the pony tail or messy bun w/ a headband *sigh* lol

  3. Makeup? What makeup? 😉 When I worked in the city, I spent HOURS putting on makeup and doing my hair. Now that I’ve moved out to the ‘burbs and have two little kids, I’m not sure my face has seen makeup for ANY daytime event in the past few years! Sadly, I’d LOVE to skip the stockings or shower, but stockings are mandatory as part of our dress code, and I am one of those that if I don’t shower, YOU CAN TELL!

  4. I never iron, I don’t blow dry, and I regularly put my makeup on in the parking lot at work. But I always shower 😉

  5. I skip makeup often times, OK most of the time 🙂 I also tend to throw my hair in a braid instead of blow drying it because I don’t have the time most days! And um, I never iron anything 😛

  6. My HUGE skip since becoming a mom and staying home with Nora during the day is not showering in the morning…and not showering every day. I used to shower and wash my hair every single morning when I was working full time. Now I might shower every other day (every day in the summer or on days I work out) but only wash my hair every 3 days. It is such a huge time saver for me in the mornings! I hate styling my hair!! And I agree, there’s always time for coffee 😉

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