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Make your mornings a breeze!

Health & Lifestyle
07 Sep 2018

Make your mornings a breeze!

Morning can often be the most chaotic time of the day in any household. Mornings can often set your mood for the day, too. If you have a busy household and crazy mornings, this article is for you! Chiquita is here to save your family’s mornings.

Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks for a breezy morning that gets everyone out on the door with a smile on their face, and most importantly, on time!

The first step, prepare your outfits!

It will take 5 minutes the night before and save you the hassle of a 30-minute wardrobe crisis in the morning. If you’re super organized, you can even plan all the week’s outfits on Sunday. It’s one less thing to think about while you’re trying to round up the rest of the family.

If you have kids, you may be familiar with the ‘no shorts and sandals are not appropriate on a rainy day’ kind of conversation, which generally happens 10 minutes before it’s time to leave home. Get them involved in choosing their own clothes. Let your child’s fashion flare shine on Sunday evening, with the weather forecast in hand! Set the clothes aside and label them by day. You will see your kids being more independent for school mornings and, above all, avoid nagging, stressful morning conversations.

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Breakfast is essential!

But, preparation and tidy up can be time-consuming. Think of some recipes that can be prepared the night before and that don’t mean pulling out numerous different items from the fridge and pantry. Think Chiquita Banana and Mango Overnight Oats. Prepare one for each family member in a mason jar, pop it in the fridge the night before, and voila! In the morning, all your family needs to do is take it out of the fridge, grab a spoon and enjoy! However, on the odd occasion that you forget, don’t have time, or simply can’t be bothered to prepare the night before, try our Maple-grilled Chiquita bananas with yogurt and pecans. Pop the bananas in the oven, go get yourself dressed and the bananas are ready to gobble up!

Find space to make ‘cubbies’ for each member of your household.

A hanging closet organizer is a great solution. Label it for each day of the week. Weekday cubbies will ensure no one forgets any important items for the day. From homework to gym clothes, headphones to sunscreen, and of course, that field day permission form. You will be able to find everything you need in one neat spot while you are running out the door. Organize your command station.

Command station, you ask? It’s that magical area in your house where you find your car keys, house keys, handbag, briefcase, mobile phones, the shopping list, the monthly calendar, and so much more. Well, maybe now it’s not quite like this, but it is never too late! Choose an angle in the house, preferably near the front door or the kitchen. Set up some key hooks and bag hooks. Put some containers or baskets and start consistently putting all those easy-to-misplace items at the command station every single time you come into the house. It will make for less frantic mornings!

The key is also getting enough sleep the night before. Late nights will result in late mornings. And tantrums. However, early to bed, means early to rise, and above all, it means more chilled mornings!

It’s not easy trying to get yourself and your team ready to start the day, but small changes can make big differences! Go on, take some of these ideas, grab a Chiquita banana and see how your mornings go!

Don’t forget, if you have any other morning-mayhem-avoidance tips to share with the Chiquita community use the hashtag #Chiquitabanana