Doing things the night before. This isn't always fun but it is almost always worth it! Here is what I try and do.
PREPARE TOMORROW'S MEALS
Usually while I'm cleaning up the kitchen (after babes are in bed) I quickly run through tomorrow's meals. A few of us have oats for breakie so I quickly make them up to soak over night in jars in the fridge, this is for our toddler so I can quickly heat them up and they are soft, and for my husband who leaves for work very early in the morning and needs a nutritious on the go breakfast. I pull out any frozen ingredients for dinner including meat and let it defrost in the fridge overnight, I also then do a quick check or pull out and put on the bench jars/tins of relevant ingredients for that meal too to make sure I have everything when it comes time to throw it together.
If I'm going on an outing I chop the snack/lunch boxes for the kids and put them in their relevant containers. This ensures I actually have food for them! (Nothing worse than going out and having to find food quick for little tummies and often teething babies!!)
Sometimes I'll even juice a big batch of fruit and veggies and keep in clean (empty) honey jars for the next day. My husband doesn’t often get breaks at work and generally brings fruit home in his bag so juicing it is perfect as he can drink it while he works. He takes his in an insulated flask so it stays nice and cold and fresh throughout the day. I then fill up our water bottles and put them in the fridge ready, and cut fruit for breakfast.
DO A BAG CHECK
I also quickly go through my bag and make sure I have enough nappies & wipes, sunscreen etc I find it much easier to do the night before so I can grab my bag and go in the morning rather than trying to remember it all when the babes are on my heels (and in my arms!) and if you're that way inclined, think about what you're going to wear too (even if it's tights and a tshirt) with babies in the house you a) never quite know how your night will go and b) never quite know how the morning will go so having your outfit even remotely thought about helps (I find anyway).
PUT THINGS BY THE FRONT DOOR
And if we are going somewhere or need to take things with us like to the markets, I put all the bags, baskets, prams and hats by the front door too. If the little ones sleep longer in the morning my preference is to be able to lie in bed myself too or get myself ready rather than having to get up and get all this stuff happening to still be on time somewhere.
It sounds like a lot but I find it doesn’t really take longer than 30 or so mins and then I can relax for the evening knowing everything is ready for the next day!