12 Ways to Get Out the Door Faster
For busy moms on the go, clutter guru Julie Morgenstern has smart ways to make a fast exit every morning.

Tip #1: Prepack kids' lunches and backpacks
For many busy moms and dads, rush hour starts as soon as the alarm clock sounds. Between packing lunches, making breakfasts and helping with last-minute assignments, most parents don't have a moment to spare in the morning.

Instead of starting your day by chasing the school bus down the street or stressing over misplaced math homework, use these strategies to simplify your morning routine.

When it's time to pack lunches, who has time to cut the crusts off sandwiches in the morning? Save time by prepacking your kids' meals the night before.