When my students walk in the door, they put their backpack and jacket in their assigned cubby. Cubbies are assigned with their numbers. Therefore, I do not need to rename each cubby every year. The numbers will stay the same.
Next, my students put their homework folder in the white tub and any forms/papers they need to turn-in go in the blue basket. They take these things out of their backpack before putting in their cubby.
I number my students homework folders and assign one person to organize them according to number order during announcements. By doing this, I can quickly see who has not turned-in their folder.
Last, my students go to a stool at the front of the classroom and pick-up their morning work, go to their desk and get to work!
No, lunch count is necessary since it is rare for a student to bring a sack lunch. Students do not get a choice for lunch either.
I take attendance while students are working by looking at the empty seats.