Mornings can be busy, rushed, or even CRAZY at times and while I am far from perfect, I have found that if I take care of a few simple tasks at night, our mornings run so much smoother.
1. Evaluate which tasks eat up your morning time and could be done the night before to help your morning run more smoothly. I like to take a relaxing bath every other day, but this really cut into my morning time and I found myself rushing out the door. I started giving myself half an hour at night to relax in the tub and I love it. No rushing in the morning, kids are in bed and I have much needed alone time. Maybe you spend lots of time in the morning picking out an outfit. Do this the night before and you won't even have to think about it in the morning. My husband picks out his work clothes and lays them out the night before and it is one less thing he has to do in the morning.
2. Clean the kitchen every night. I have been doing this for years so it is a habit for me. I love coming in to a clean kitchen every morning. It is easy to start breakfast and the kids can sit right down at the table.
3. Rotate the laundry and fold a load each night. This may not pertain to you, but I have to do about 2 loads a day to keep up with our laundry so I make sure to fold a load each night and then I put it away the next day. It is easy to watch a favorite show after the kids have gone to bed and fold a load of laundry. Actually, it's kind of relaxing and I get to catch up on my favorite shows. My current favorite is Call the Midwife. Fair warning, keep a box of tissues handy. I watched season 5 episode 2 the other day and the tears gushed. I suppose clean laundry is always good for wiping away tears too.
4. Get ideas for lunches and breakfast the night before. My boys have been eating school lunches lately, but when I pack lunches, it can take some time out of my morning so any preparation I can do at night, I do ahead. Every night during the school year I make sure icepacks go in the freezer then I pack non-perishable foods in the boys' lunch boxes. Anything that I can make ahead and pre-package I put in the fridge the night before. Then all I have to do in the morning is add an ice pack and fresh food (sandwich, fruit, etc.) Our breakfast are pretty simple, usually cereal, fruit, cheese, toast, etc., but I try to get an idea the night before and if we are low on our usual supplies I'll make a loaf of bread, some muffins or boil some eggs so that I am prepared for the morning.
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