5 Hacks for Getting Kids to School on Time

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No more oversleeping or time wasted trying to decide what to wear (or what to dress your kiddos in). We rounded up five essentials—including a unique alarm clock and daily organizer—plus a life hack or two that will help everyone in your family get out the door on time.

Round light alarm clock with digital display from Amazon photo

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Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

If your child has a habit of pressing the snooze button, you'll want to try simulating the sunrise with this Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock to help him or her wake up naturally and feeling rested. Your child can choose from 10 different brightness levels, and if your son or daughter needs some audio stimulation to ensure they wake up on time, they can also pair the light with nature sounds or the radio.

To Buy: $75; amazon.com

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Fabric hanging closet organizer in gray from Amazon photo

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Hanging Storage Organizer

Help your kiddo get out the door faster by planning outfits in advance. This fabric organizer hangs in the closet and has plenty of drawers and cubbies to set out clothes, jewelry, and accessories for every day of the school week. (Related: Check out these ideas for organizing your kid's closet!)

To Buy: $20 (usually $22); amazon.com

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Wall organizer including a whiteboard calendar, chalkboard, corkboards, and mail organizers from Pottery Barn photo

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Build Your Own Daily System Organizers

Soccer practice, dentist appointments, dance recitals, and the school field trip you agreed to help chaperone—family schedules can get a little hectic. Set up a master calendar in the entryway or kitchen to keep track of when and where each family member needs to be. We're fans of this modular set that allows you to customize your organization station. The whiteboard calendar is a must, and we also recommend the corkboard for pinning important papers (like those permission slips from the teacher) and the metal hooks so you always know where to find the car keys.

To Buy: $10–$55 (usually $15–80); potterybarn.com

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Blue bento box-style lunch container sitting on a white counter with other colorful bento boxes from Pottery Barn photo

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Bento Box Container

While you may not be able to control when the car won't start or the baby will need a diaper change, adopting a routine will help minimize stress in the morning. Get into the habit of preparing your kids' lunches the night before so all they have to do is grab it and go. These BPA-free bento box containers protect sandwiches from getting squished and come with organized compartments so you can add a little variety to their lunches.

To Buy: $17; potterybarnkids.com

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Light gray storage bench with two wicker bins from Houzz photo

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Wicker Storage Bench

Another thing to gather the night before: homework assignments. Make sure your kids have all their completed projects for the next day packed in their backpack before they go to bed. The packed school bags should be placed by the front door so no time is wasted searching for their book reports in the morning. This storage bench is a great place to store their homework—it's small enough to fit in an entryway, and it comes in five pretty colors so you're bound to find one that complements your home decor.

To Buy: $181 (usually $212); houzz.com

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