If your family life is anything like mine, then you’ll know that mornings can be stressful at times.
It can be a rush and a race to get everyone up, fed, dressed and out the door on time to get to school and work. The main thing I’ve learnt over the last few years is that taking a bit of time the night before to plan ahead for the next day can make the mornings so much easier.
Here are my ideas for some of the things you can do to plan ahead and get sorted the night before so that your mornings run that little bit more smoothly.
- Get lunch ready. If you and/or your children take packed lunches to work/school, then get these made in the evening and pop them in the fridge to keep them fresh. If you make sandwiches for lunches then you could even go one step further and make a whole week’s worth on a Sunday and stash them in the freezer. Nyomi has a great post on freezing sandwiches over on Nomipalony.
- Make breakfast easier by prepping the night before. This could be as simple as putting out bowls and cereal where your children can reach them so they can start sorting themselves out in the morning. Or you could make something like overnight oats so you have a nutritious breakfast ready to go when you wake up.
- Check your calendar to make sure you know what’s planned for the next day. If you or your children need anything specific (like homework, cash for charity events, PE kit/gym kit) then get those things packed and ready by the front door so you’re not scrabbling round to find them in the morning. Making sure school backpacks are packed and ready with everything your children need for school, and get your own bag packed too. If you have a baby to get to nursery, then pack up their change bag.
- Get clothes out and ready. For the children this will probably just be a case of setting out school uniform and clean underwear, but it’s also worth checking the weather forecast to see if they’ll need wellies or warm hats/gloves in the winter or a sunhat in the summer. It’s also worth checking the forecast so you can plan and put out your own clothes for the next day so you’re not wasting time in the morning trying to decide what to wear.
- Leave things you absolutely have to remember to take with you right by the front door. This way you’ll have to get past them to leave the house, so hopefully there’ll be no chance you’ll leave without them.
- Set alarms. A lot of people swear by setting their alarms for a time before their children wake up in the mornings, so they can have a cuppa in peace first thing. I’ve not mastered this one myself yet but can definitely see the appeal of it. The one thing I do do is set alarms on my phone to remind me of things we need to grab and another to prompt me and the children when it’s time to go and brush teeth, get shoes on and head out the door.
You don’t have to do all of these things, although mornings would be so much easier if you do, but even just one or two of them will make a difference in how your mornings go.
Do you tend to get things ready for the morning the night before?
Are there any other things you do to make mornings easier that I’ve not mentioned?