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I have to say that I am completely surprised in the difference of how my day starts off merely by having a few things laid out the night before. It’s amazing to me how just 10 minutes or so of legwork can seem to alter my morning by a good half an hour.
I’ve been doing what I can to simply even have my clothes and my kids’ clothes laid out the night before. My kids are still young so they aren’t quite ready to piece together the proper clothes for school so I still do that for them. But on the days when I stay up too late and don’t get this done, it’s like a mild chaos in our household and we are often coming close to being late for school.
So I’ve been brainstorming some ways to help get a good morning/evening routine in place. Here’s my outline so far:
1) Rise and Shine and Make the Bed. I’m trying to wake up well in advance of the kids.
2) Get ready right away so I don’t have to squeeze in a shower midday. (one less thing to worry about!)
3) Start a load of laundry. This way, it’s done by the time breakfast is over!
4) Unload the dishwasher, if need be.
5) Make myself a cup of hot tea and review my to-do list for the day before the kids wake up.
6) Enjoy breakfast with the kids before I start my work day.
7) Check my emails and begin whatever I have planned for that day after I drop them off at school.
1) Lay out clothes for myself and the kids for the next day.
2) Check to see events for the following day and put any items I need by my purse/coat so I don’t forget them.
3) Take time out with the kids to read books and get them tucked in for the night.
4) Check washer/dryer and finish up anything left.
5) Wrap up loose ends in the kitchen–-washing up counter-tops, putting away dishes, etc.
6) Do a quick walk-through of the house and put away anything that’s not where it should be.
7) Make a to-do list for the following day.
8 ) Check my meal plan for the following day and take out any frozen items that need to thaw.
9) Take time to wrap up any website loose ends or take time for myself or with my hubby.
10) Check my email one last time for the night and get to bed at a reasonable time!
In addition to the above, I hope to set aside one day a week to assemble the kids’ clothes into sets for the week. This will be helpful if I’m sick or out-of-town and someone else has to fill in for me.
This is just a routine that I’ll try to start off with and update as I need to. What things are on your morning/evening routines?
Stay tuned for another day of brainstorming on another “stresser!”