IKEA and the Mom it Forward Community have challenged me to try the first :59 morning challenge a new program introduced to help families every where improve the first hour of the day in the “rush areas” of the home: bathroom, kitchen, and bedrooms. IKEA hopes to make the beginning of the day a great start so that the rest of the day can run even more smoothly. I am being compensated for writing this, but all opinions are my own, besides I am obsessed with IKEA and any chance I get to make my life a little more organized I will take it!
I knew this day would eventually come, the day I would have to send my baby off to all-day school. He was ready. Jackson has always been my social butterfly and had a hard time sticking around inside all afternoon while his two younger siblings were napping through the Summer. So although it is a rite of passage that means things will never be the same I know it is time. This is just the first of many “letting go’s” or “cutting of the apron strings” and it stings just a little. Another reality check is having to be on top of it in the morning. I can no longer just stay in the cacoon of my house snuggling my kids all day or going bra-less. I actually am responsible to get him somewhere EVERY.SINGLE. DAY. And let’s face it, it can be pretty stressful!
So far a peanut butter and honey sandwich is all that he requires and the trickiest part of getting ready has been making sure he knows what he is wearing and getting myself organized and out the door. I don’t know why I did this to myself, but I have Jackson in school full time, Jackson in Soccer, Jayne in Soccer, Jayne in Dance, and Jayne in preschool! Sometimes it is in those first 59 minutes that I am getting the four of us ready (Jett included) to be gone for the entire day and that is a lot to remember!
IKEA conducted a recent survey about people’s morning habits. In the results, 72% of those surveyed said that a stressful morning affected the rest of their day and three in four people do not have a regular weekday morning routine.
There are two things that I am going to try to make our mornings run a little more smoothly. One is having our outfits laid out the day before and the other is organize my bathroom space so that I can get ready more quickly as well. IKEA has awesome new tools to help you do just that! You can start with a Valet Stand like this or choose one of the many special hooks they have to designate a special place for tomorrow’s outfit.
So far I’ve been using a decorative shelf as his “outfit hook” and the concept has worked really well, but I am not happy with how it makes that part of his room look like a mini closet. 🙂
The next place I am dying to make more organized is my bathroom drawers. Some how they are full of the things I do not need in the first moments of the day and are a “catch all” of the most random things. I am also looking forward to making more drawer space for my husband so that he doesn’t have to leave his things on the counter top as well.
My mind is so much happier when I can see the products that I need to get ready in the morning and because I have sooo many products my husbands’ often get left on the counter and I can’t find the stuff I really need and use on a day-to-day basis. IKEA has a billion organizing solutions but I am really crushing over this one.
For more inspiration, IKEA has made a dedicated pinterest board to First :59. You can also share your own morning routine suggestions on social media using the hashtag #First59. For more survey findings, panelist tips, product suggestions and more information on the program, visit First59.com.
Next week I will show you my results! I can’t wait to get things running more smoothly in the morning. What tips do you have for having the morning run more smoothly?
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Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and believer in creating your best momlife the way you see fit. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, my hope is you’ll find something here to make your life a little better/easier. Let’s be friends on social!
I want that Valet Stand!! What a great idea!!
I definitely needed this post this morning! And every morning, let’s be honest. ha! Thanks for sharing!
I never thought about how important the first 59 minutes of my day are! And I definitely need to be better! Such great ideas and goals on how to stay more organized and prepared for you day. Can’t wait to try some!
My bathroom needs a makeover so bad. Your organization has inspired me! Thanks.
With 7 kids I feel your pain, I’m to the point where I have 6 kids I have to get out the door starting at 7am 5 days a week….CHAOS. I am for sure going to check out some of their organization tools to get my mornings running smoother. I fully agree that when a morning starts off badly my day is often shot 🙁
Def going to check out the first 59 website- I need all the help I can get in the morning!
Our mornings are CRAZY too! I am always looking for better solutions for the mornings. I too have found that if a day starts stressful it is hard to overcome that. I can’t wait to see how your organization has turned out.
I just followed that Pinterest Board! Such great ideas! Can’t wait to make the first 59 minutes of my day more efficient and smooth!
I so needed this. I hate sending my girls off to school stressed out. Thanks for the ideas. I love IKEA and will be headed there to get some organizing supplies!
I need that valet stand!Thanks for sharing!!
I really love this idea. Mornings are a little crazy for us around here too! I am going to try harder to plan it out better to make it easier! IKEA has the greatest organizing options!!!