Make mornings easier on yourself and your family. And how exactly does that happen, when your eyes are not fully open or your mind fully awake? By getting ahead of the morning rush the night before. No worries, it just takes a little planning and some trial and error too! And we all know most mornings are hectic and usually have a hiccup or two, but having a plan helps! And working together makes everyone happier 🙂
Make Mornings Easier
First, know what your schedule looks like for the next day and what your needs are for the morning. Begin by keeping things organized for yourself the night before. Shut down your home office by putting things away where you know where to get them the next day. If you are running out early to work, have everything you need ready to go. And having an organized home office is the key here.
Second, dress for your day. Plan what you will wear the night before, so you don’t have to even give it a thought in the morning. Of course, most of us don’t have a dress form in our closet! But if you pull out what you want to wear and hang it on the doorknob, that’s a great beginning. Then before you know it you’ll be planning a week in advance. And yes, this is the goal. Because there’s nothing more frustrating in the morning than wanting to wear your power outfit only to find out it’s still at the dry cleaners 🙁
And like most, if picking up breakfast or coffee on the way into work makes you happy, simply plan for it. Relieve stress by knowing how much time to allow for breakfast by either making it, ordering it or picking it up.
Now for the family. If you have kids, talk with them about what they will need the next day. Then work with them so they learn to pack up their backpack the night before. With the end game of them doing this independently. Having your kids be responsible and caring for their things is important. Of course, in the beginning, it’s quicker if you do it, but try not to. By allowing them to take responsibility, you’ll be giving them the satisfaction of a job well done. And a feeling that they are completely capable of taking care of their stuff. Then when they get older this will become a habit for them without your input. And designing an organized mudroom with a dedicated space for each one of your kids help a lot!
And with a family, breakfast food is always on the menu. Planning is key. Again, talk it over with your kids. You may have a middle school age child that has lunch at 10:20 so she may want a light breakfast, a smoothie that she makes the night before would work great or avocado toast also a quick option for her to make in the morning.
Then again, your elementary age child may have lunch at 1:10 and he doesn’t eat much then, so a more substantial breakfast of eggs or pancakes would be good for him. Look into make-ahead breakfast sandwichs or pancakes that can be heated up quickly the next morning or oatmeal with fruit & cheese. So, take everything into consideration, compromise, present options and get your kids involved. And lastly, don’t forget about yourself!
All in all, making mornings easier is about being organized and knowing what your needs and your family needs are. Then having an agenda of sorts for the day, an understanding really of what the morning will bring. Also, gaining input from your kids and having everyone pitch in and be responsible for themselves (age appropriately) to make things run smoothly. And granted, a lot of mornings don’t go off without a hitch, but at least this way you’ll feel as if you’ve come prepared for the morning rush!
Thanks for stopping in today, we hope you’ve left inspired! ~ Nancy
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