The busiest parts of the day, for me, are the morning when everybody's hungry and ready to go, and the evening when everybody starts to get a bit sleepy. To help ease the confusion and to help from running around like a chicken with my head cut off I have devised a simple way to organize and survive.
I use plastic baskets, one with blue handles for Bailey and one with pink handles for Sophie. For the morning, the baskets contain one complete outfit, a diaper and toys to keep Bailey entertained while I feed Sophie. In Bailey's basket I usually put a juice box and a small snack like graham crackers in case he can't wait for breakfast. He knows where his basket is and gets himself dressed, has a snack and plays with his toys, giving me time to get Sophie ready.
While the kids nap, I prepare the baskets for the evening. Pajamas, towel, wash cloth, cotton swabs, lotion, diaper rash ontiment, Bailey's current favorite Goodnight Moon as well as Sohpie's lovey and Bailey's best friend- a dog-shaped change purse that he sleep with every night are all put in their respective baskets. Sometimes, if I am running a little late Bailey will even go get his basket and bring it to me to remind me.
My husband is away on business trips a lot and as per se in Japan, works late most evenings so this helps me keep my sanity and makes things run more smoothly.
PS- For my 100th entry I am working to compile a list of 100 uses for chopsticks and I need your help. Click here to read the list and leave your ideas. Thanks!!