The lazy days of summer are coming to a close and the new school year is right around the corner. Which mean that your mornings are about to get a whole lot busier. Saying that weekday mornings are a hectic time for moms during the school year is a bit of an understatement.
Trying to get yourself and your family ready for the day and out the door on time can be incredibly stressful. But luckily there are a few easy things you can do to make your weekday mornings a lot less stressful.
As cheesy as it sounds a good morning really starts the night before. After a long day, it can be incredibly tempting to just crash on the couch instead of getting ready for the next day.
But trust me, taking time in the evening to prepare yourself for the next day really is the key to a stress free morning. Here are 6 things I do (almost) every night to prepare for the next day.
1. Set out clothes for the next day
Setting your kids clothes out the night before means one less thing you need to do while you’re trying to convince your toddler to eat oatmeal instead of gummy bears for breakfast.
This is an easy thing that you can add to your kids nightly routine. Before bedtime or story time take a few minutes to have them help you get their clothes laid out. When their younger have them help get simple things like socks and underwear.
Once your kids are old enough have them start to lay out their own clothes for the next day. This is an easy way to teach them how to be independent. And the more they can do on their own the more free time you have to get other things done.
Another perk of getting your kid’s clothes ready the night before is that you won’t find yourself frantically searching for a particular item of clothing your kid needs that day only to discover its dirty or still sitting in the washer.
2. Pack lunches for the next day
Packing lunches for the next day might be the last thing you want to do after you’ve cooked dinner. But its way less painful to spend a few minutes at night packing lunches. Instead of doing it while cooking breakfast AND trying to get everyone out of the house on time in the morning.
One trick I use to help make packing lunches a little easier is that I cook enough dinner to pack up leftovers for my husband’s lunch. This not only saves me time in the evening but it also saves our family money. Check out how our family saves over $200 a month by packing lunch instead of eating out!!!
Get your kids involved and have them help get snacks and juice boxes out of the pantry or fridge. Once their old enough teach them how to make lunches on their own.
3. Put things you need to take with you by the front door
How many times have you been rushing out the front door only to realize you don’t know where you put our keys, sunglasses, or your child’s backpack. The easiest way to keep this from happening is to make sure you have everything you need is right but the front door night before! Seriously, keeping your entryway organized and having a place to store everything you need is such a simple solution to a majorly frustrating problem.
Some quick and easy entryway you can organize your entryway are;
- A Key basket for your keys
- A coat rack for jackets, backpacks, and purses
- An entryway table or coat rack with a shelf for sunglasses, cell phone, keys, and any other small items.
- A bench to store shoes under
And none of these things have to be complicated or expensive. I was able to build a super simple coat rack with a shelf and a bench for under $50. Now I have a place for everything. Which helps keep my small entryway organized and gets me out the door much quicker in the morning.
4. Review the next day’s schedule
Use a planner or calendar to track all of your upcoming appointments and check it nightly to make sure you haven’t forgotten about an early morning appointment or meeting. I use this simple Moleskine 18 Month Weekly Planner as a bullet journal to keep organized. If you are interested in starting a bullet journal head over to my guide, Simple Bullet Journal for Beginners.
If planners aren’t your thing then check out google calendars. Its free app that allows you to share your calendar with everyone in the family. I recently started using the google calendar app on my phone and it’s awesome. It allows both my husband and I to add appointments and other information to one shared calendar. Its been beyond helpful and keeps us on the same page.
5. Give your house a quick pickup
Take 15 minutes to give your house a quick pick-up before going to bed and the payoff will be immense. Even if it’s something as simple as quickly picking up your kitchen, running the dishwasher, or starting a load of laundry. It’s one less thing to worry about the next morning.
Get the entire family involved in the evening clean up and make it part of your family routine. pick up. I’m a big believer is getting everyone in the family involved with the nightly clean up. After all, you don’ make the mess all on your own, so why should you be the only one cleaning?
Assign your kids one or two age-appropriate chores before they head to bed like picking up their toys or giving their bedroom a quick pick up. The more people helping the quicker everything will get done.
6. Take a shower
As a stay at home mom showering during the day can be a struggle. Waking up before your kids with enough time to shower is not always possible. And trying to find time during the day to shower can be downright impossible.
Shower at night after your kids go to sleep not only guarantees you an uninterrupted shower, but it also is a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. Use this time as a way to sneak in some much needed self care. Take a long hot bath, read a book, play some relaxing music and enjoy some time alone. You totally deserve it.
Doing these things might add some extra time to your evening but its worth it in the end. You also don’t have to do it all on your own. Get your spouse and kids to help and you can knock out these tasks in half the time.
And realistically there will be nights where you’re too tired to get everything done. And that’s okay. Even if all you can do is take a shower the night before then it’s one less thing you have to do the next morning!
What are the ways that you prepare for the next morning? If you have any other tips or tricks that help you have a less stressful morning I would love to hear about it in the comments below!!!