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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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celestegood
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I am the same. I try to do everything the night before, though.

Quoting chrissydan:

I can do both but i do like prepping for stuff the night befor
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celestegood
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I try to! 99% of the time, I do.

Quoting heathermichelle:

I prep the night before.
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celestegood
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I am not 100% organized, but I do most of the time do it the night before.

Quoting MixedCooke:

yep i am organized and plan the night prior

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hfaddis
by on May. 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

try to prep the night before, I don't think well in the morning till I have been awake for a bit, and we are usually in a hurry lol

lillucky8
by Jen on May. 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM
It depends. Sunday night i def prep as much as i can for the wk but wk nights im so exhausted i have dinner, give dd a bath n go to bed, no time or energy for prepping
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Jukebox_Jenny
by Jenny on May. 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I'm a morning person.
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powow65
by kimmy on May. 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

 nope.

tinkerxbell
by Emily on May. 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I'm a night person. I can't do much in the morning lol

momof3_2011
by on May. 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I prep the night before!

slw123
by Shawna on May. 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

 I am a morning dynamo =)

By night, I am exhausted and ready to shut down.  We go to bed early and then rise early and get things moving.

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