Let’s face it, getting a family out the door in the morning is a difficult (and often times unpleasant) task. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom, you know what I’m talking about. If you find yourself nagging your kids to get their shoes on and always running
5 minutes 15 minutes late, this post is for you! I can’t promise that you’ll be dying to get out of your warm bed, but I can promise that doing these 5 things at night will help to make your mornings better.
Preset your coffee pot
If you are a coffee drinker, you can probably agree waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee is heavenly. Why not treat yourself to this every morning? You don’t have to have a fancy coffee machine to make this a reality. Trust me, my coffee pot only set me back about $30. All you need is the “ Delay Brew ” button on your coffee pot. Which, if you ask me, is the most important feature to a coffee pot.
The mornings that I remember to preset my coffee pot are the best mornings. An added bonus is waking up 10 minutes early so that I can enjoy my cup of coffee in peace. So, if you take nothing else from this list, take this tip. It only takes 2 minutes.
Load (and start) the dishwasher
While you are in the kitchen making coffee, go ahead and empty out your sink. Quickly wipe down the kitchen counter tops. Put all of the dishes in the dishwasher and start it. There is nothing more refreshing than starting off your morning with a clean(ish) kitchen and clean dishes to cook and eat breakfast.
Lay out clothes for the family
Lay out everyone’s clothing for the next day, and I do mean everyone. That includes your 1st grader, your 6 month old, your teenager, and YOU. Well, maybe you should make your teenager lay out their own clothes. It might be intuitive to do this for your kids, but you won’t believe the difference it makes when you lay out your clothes, too.
If you are trying to get small children ready in the morning it is important to remember that kids can, and want, to have responsibilities. They enjoy taking care of themselves and their things. You can help your child take on some of their morning responsibilities if you set them up for success the night before. Help them lay out their clothing for the next day including pants, shirt, underwear, socks, and shoes. You can even set out a comb or a brush so that they can try to fix their own hair.
This is one of my least favorite things to do in the evenings; however, it is the most rewarding. I know that it makes our morning more peaceful. If pack lunches at night, I don’t have to do it when I’m making breakfast, getting myself ready, and chasing my kids to have them put on their shoes.
Planning ahead also helps me diversify lunches (try this one for free). In an effort to keep myself from packing the same lunch every day, I created this list of 66 healthy lunchbox ideas. I plan AC and JL’s lunches on Sunday night, and then each night I spend a quick five minutes packing the next day’s lunch. It’s almost effortless.
Gather all of the bags
If your family is anything like mine, you leave the house with a million bags – a backpack for each kid, a lunchbox for each kid, a diaper bag, a purse, a computer bag, etc. Who has time to pack all of these bags in the morning? Make sure that all of the homework and school supplies are gathered and put in the correct backpacks. Pack up your computer, computer charger, and notebook, and put it in the computer bag. Make sure that the diaper bag is stuffed with wipes, diapers, a change of clothes, and food. Get all of your ducks in a row, then put them by the door. Or, if you are really interested in saving yourself time in the morning, just go ahead and put them in the car.
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