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Smarter Mom: Night Versus Morning

Posted by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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As we all know, there is a lot to keeping a family running. You have to stay on top of clean clothes, lunches, making sure your kids have soccer cleats or karate uniforms or whatever...there's just a lot to do, and it can make mornings completely insane.

The key to stopping the insanity? Shift as much as you can to the evening hours.

I pack lunches, lay out outfits for my kids and for me, make my to-do list for the next day, and assemble any school or work-related paperwork and put it in the relevant spot  (work bag, purse, kids' backpack). If I blow it off, I am invariably running around in the morning well after I should have had everyone in the car for school, muttering swear words under my breath and tripping over the dog. If I have put the time in at night, it's smooth sailing.

Of course, that's because I am a night person and do not function well with any sort of higher order thinking in the morning..it seriously has taken me five minutes of pondering to decide if I want cereal or toast. If you're a morning person, you probably have no trouble getting up early enough to get all your chores done and can do them efficiently.

Are you a "prep the night before" person or a morning dynamo type? What are your tips to reduce the morning chaos?

by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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LifeCafe42
by Nora on May. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I'm more of a morning person DS wakes up early and I like my sleep
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chrissydan
by Silver Member on May. 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I can do both but i do like prepping for stuff the night befor
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azpreemiemom
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:17 AM

I definitely don't do anything the night before.

heathermichelle
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:53 AM
I prep the night before.
MixedCooke
by Silver Member on May. 3, 2012 at 2:50 AM

yep i am organized and plan the night prior

mrswillie
by CeeCee on May. 3, 2012 at 7:06 AM

I prep at night.  I pack dh's lunch, set of the coffee maker, etc.

Charizma77
by Carissa on May. 3, 2012 at 7:30 AM
Irep a little at night and the rest in the morning but sometimes I just wing it.
elasmimi
by Ruby Member on May. 3, 2012 at 7:44 AM

I am definitely a morning person, but I do pack dh's lunch the night before.

brownhoney21
by Ruby Member on May. 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM

 

Quoting MixedCooke:

yep i am organized and plan the night prior

 

Mrs.Pool2Be
by on May. 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I do all stuff in the mornings.  I am up at least an hour before everyone so that gives me plenty of time to get stuff done before I have to get kids up and going.

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