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Get ready fast! Organizational tips to speed up your routine

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Be fast, not furious

When it comes to getting ready quickly, organization is key. You might be surprised how a few simple changes can speed up your morning routine (and make you a little less cranky).
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Make coffee the night before

If you need that first cup of coffee to get revved up in the morning, do yourself a favor and prepare your coffee before you go to bed. Scoop out your grounds and set the timer on your coffeemaker so you'll be greeted by the enticing smell of freshly brewed java when you wake up in the morning. Better yet, invest in a single-cup brewer for coffee without the wait.

Color code your closet

Take the time to organize your closet and arrange your clothing by color. That way, you can easily select outfits in the morning, instead of wasting precious minutes staring at your wardrobe trying to choose a matching outfit.

Make a jewelry peg board

If your accessories are housed in a jewelry box or other container, it can make it tough to quickly choose a pair of earrings, necklace or bracelet to go with your outfit. A jewelry peg board is a great way to display your bits and baubles so you can grab the perfect piece to match your outfit in seconds.

Jewelry pegboard

Organize makeup

Start by sorting through your makeup and tossing out all the old or unused items. Once you've pared down to the essentials, organize them with a system that works for you. Clear acrylic makeup organizers, over-the-door pocket shoe organizers or magnetic makeup boards are all great choices.

Pack single container lunches

If you hate packing lunch for the kids, it's probably because you're wasting time fumbling around for plastic bags and digging in the cabinet for plastic containers and matching lids. Lunchboxes like PlanetBox, made from one single tray with multiple compartments, make packing lunches quicker and a whole lot more fun.

Post a checklist for the kids

If you're tired of reminding the kids of their morning responsibilities, post a checklist with everything they need to do. Keep it simple. "Make Bed, Eat Breakfast, Brush Teeth, Pack Backpack" might be all you need. Reward them for a job well done.

Prep multiple bags

If you have a baby or toddler, keep more than one bag prepped and ready with all the supplies you'll need, including diapers, wipes, drinks and snacks. At a minimum, keep one by the door and one in the car as a backup.

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