Everything takes longer when you’re in a hurry. Spend a little bit of time on these tasks before bed to give yourself a stress-free (or at least lower-stress) morning.
All photos courtesy Cindy Urtuzuastegui Photography.
A few months ago, my friend Orsi of How I Adult invited me to join in a 30-day challenge. I could challenge myself to do anything I wanted – read, exercise, what have you – as long as I did it every day for 30 days. I decided to do the things I always tell the girls we are going to do nightly before bed – and then never actually enforce beyond a day or two. You guys, these are so simple and so helpful for getting all of us out the door on time in the morning that I can’t believe we don’t do it all the time. (Yes, I definitely do them more often now, but still don’t have a 100 percent success rate. Life and stuff.)
Easy nighttime steps for a fuss-free morning
The key to a successful … well, almost anything, is prep. Same with getting ready for your day – whether for school, work or otherwise. These are a few things that can be done at night to help the morning routine.
Pick out your clothes
This means for everyone – even mom! Pumpkin wears uniforms, so this is a fairly simple task for her on weekdays (the Sunday school outfit is another story). We also ask that she gets dressed before she comes out of her room, and this helps a lot because even if she’s behind on anything else, at least she is dressed and ready to walk out the door. Peanut, on the other hand, has OPINIONS and sometimes you can go through 20 shirts before she agrees to one. It’s best to choose the night before – and let her have a say. Honestly, I also sometimes go back and forth on what to wear, so making myself decide at night and having everything out and ready to go is good for me as well.
Pumpkin and I both take our lunches (rather than buy lunch) more often than not, and it’s so much easier to have them done before bed. It honestly doesn’t take that long at all, but if you’re rushed in the morning, it feels like much more of a chore.
Ok, this one is super easy and I almost always neglect it because Peanut loves to help me scoop my coffee in the morning, but if I have to leave especially early, I will get the coffee and water in the pot the night before so all I have to do is turn it on in the morning. (Setting the timer always stresses me out for some reason.)
Get bags ready
Homework should be in back packs, laptops should be in rolling bags, and if there’s martial arts or dance or soccer practice after school and we won’t be coming home in between, then all those changes of clothes should be packed up before bed.
Get up early
If I get up and am out of the shower before the girls wake up, I am ahead of the game. Then, when they get up, I can focus on helping them get dressed, fed and out the door, and everyone is happier because they have more undivided attention. Peanut’s kind of a wild card with sleep, but usually if I get up at 5:30 I can pull this off.
What time-saving tricks do you use in your house?