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Smarter Mom: Night Versus Morning

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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 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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by on May. 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM


by on May. 3, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I am a prep night before mommy (:

by on May. 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Honestly, it totally depends on the day. Some days it's all about getting ready for the next day, others I'm just exhausted.

by on May. 3, 2012 at 6:47 PM

When I forget to make lunches the night before it puts me way behind in the morning. It only seems to take a couple of minutes at night, but in the morning it takes forever. 

by on May. 3, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I don't lay out clothes though. Maybe I could try that. My older one could even start dressing himself. 

by on May. 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

My daughter in in PM preschool, so our mornings are pretty calm. However, on the days we have to be out the door early, I always try to get their cloths out the night before and pack their lunch (if we will be out for the day

by on May. 3, 2012 at 10:26 PM

 I do most of my prep the night before.

by on May. 3, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I run around like a crazy woman in the morning
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I should do more at night. Morning are too hectic!

by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I do everything the night before!!!!!!! I am never awake enough in the morning to get anything accomplished. Plus I hate to be hurried.
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