Despite being tired and ready to hit the pillow, there are some very meaningful things you can do at night that will make your morning (and all of tomorrow) go more smoothly tomorrow. I promise you will thank yourself. If everyone in the family gets involved and you ALL prepare the day ahead, think of the amazing things that will happen!
1. Start a load of laundry. Most families have to do a load of laundry every day. If you feel comfortable doing it, start a load before you go to bed. Let the washing machine work while you’re sleeping. When you get up in the morning, all you have to do is throw the items into the dryer and when you get home, you’ll have done a whole load. If you can, have your family members bring their clothes to the laundry room (as part of their 8 things) and this is an even quicker process.
2. Put your keys by the door. One of the biggest complaints people have in the mornings is they can’t find their keys. If you’re going for the gold, put your bags, backpacks and coats by the door too!
3. Lay out your clothes. While this sounds extreme to some, it avoids debate and time consuming decision making in the morning. Check the weather on your phone and lay out one or two options. Don’t forget to include socks, undergarments, and shoes.
4. Load and run the dishwasher. Waking up to a clean sink rocks. After dinner rinse the dishes and put them in the dishwasher. Set it up to run so it works while you’re asleep.
5. Get the coffee pot ready to go. If you use a Keurig, put out your travel mug and get the kcups ready. If you use grounds, fill the unit with water and put the grounds in so all you have to do is hit the on button. It’s a glorious feeling!
6. Ask your kids what they need for the next day. Go through the list of after school sports, bake sales, parties, or extra curricular activities. Sometimes just asking is enough to jog their memory and avoid a last minute trip to the store.
7. Pack the workout gear. If yo have to come home from work, change and then head back out, your chances of finding the motivation are small. Pack your gym bag the night before so you have the clothes, shoes or equipment ready to go.
8. Find the time to decompress. A good night’s sleep is a great start to any day. Make sure you give yourself time to take a warm shower, read a little, light a candle, meditate or do whatever else relaxes you before bed.