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8 Tips to Simplify Your Mornings

8 Tips to Simplify Your Mornings

Take a look at these 8 tips to help you prepare for the next day and simplify your morning routine! There's a good chance you're not doing number 8! #morningroutine #momhacks #momlife #morninghacks #startyourday #mealprep

Does anyone wake up feeling like the morning begins with chaos? Do you ever feel like there has to be something you can do to make your mornings run more smoothly? Luckily you can! It takes a little more effort in the evenings, but it will definitely make mornings more calm and productive. I’ve put together 8 tips to simplify your mornings! These are all strategies that I use to make each day a little less crazy.

I can’t guarantee that nothing will go wrong, but these tips will help you get prepped the night before to allow you more time and hopefully a little more peace come morning.

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Take a look at these 8 tips to help you prepare for the next day and simplify your morning routine! There's a good chance you're not doing number 8!
#morningroutine #momhacks #momlife #morninghacks #startyourday #mealprep

8 Tips to Simplify Your Mornings

1. Clean the dishes in your sink.

Get those dirty dishes out of the sink and off of your counter! Load up the dishwasher and run it if it’s full and ready to go. This will leave you with an empty, clean sink come morning. I personally feel overwhelmed when my sink and counters are cluttered and dirty.

Getting everything cleaned up before bed means that dishes are easier to clean because food isn’t stuck on them, and you won’t be stressed out about doing it in the morning.

2. Tidy up your main living space.

If your kids are old enough, get them to help out!

  • Get all toys out of the living room and put back where they belong.
  • Place pillows back on the couch and fold up blankets.
  • Clean kitchen counters of food, school work and random things that made their way there over the course of the day.
  • Wipe down surfaces.

It feels so rewarding and less stressful to wake up to a tidy home. Check out my quick mom hacks for a tidy home to see how easy it can be!

3. Lay out clothes for tomorrow.

Take a peek in your kids closets and lay out clothes for them to wear the next day. If they need to choose themselves, even better! Have them decide what they’ll wear and pull it out before bed. This saves the headache of decisions and battles the next morning.

While you’re at it, pull your clothes too! You’ll be glad that they’re ready to go when you’re rushing to get dressed.

4. Get lunches packed.

Game changer. Packing lunches can be stressful in the mornings especially if you’re pressed for time or have a picky eater. Get everything you need for lunches together, placed in their lunch boxes and stored in the refrigerator.

If you prefer to make sandwiches in the morning, pull all the ingredients and store them together on a shelf in your fridge. This way you can grab everything quickly and get it done faster!

Related Post: Mom Hacks for a Tidy Home

Take a look at these 8 tips to help you prepare for the next day and simplify your morning routine! There's a good chance you're not doing number 8!
#morningroutine #momhacks #momlife #morninghacks #startyourday #mealprep

5. Make a list of things that need to get done.

I’m a planner and love a good list. Writing out everything I need to get done the next day helps me to visualize our plans and set priorities.

Then I get to check things off the list the following day. I personally find it incredibly satisfying and it makes me realize just how productive I’ve been.

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6. Meal plan for tomorrow’s dinner.

I hate getting to the afternoon without knowing what I’m going to make for dinner. I find that planning it out the night before (or even for the whole week) makes things much easier. This way, if a slow cooker meal is the way to go, you’ll be able to get all the ingredients in the next morning. If I don’t plan it out, I always find myself wanting to do something in the slow cooker at 4pm when it’s too late!

You can read about how I loosely meal plan for each week to keep things running smooth around our house! I also have 5 quick, healthy dinners for you to try with your family!

7. Set the coffee machine.

Get your coffee machine set up before you go to bed! Most coffee pots have a timer that you can set to brew at whatever time works for you. If you usually get your coffee out of the home, doing this may help you start a new habit that will save you money!

While you’re getting your coffee prepped, go ahead and decide what you want for breakfast! Some items may be able to be prepped the night before. This will ensure that you’re eating healthy too. Some ideas are overnight oats, paleo banana muffins, sweet potato breakfast casserole, slow cooker oatmeal or slow cooker egg casserole.

8. Get enough sleep!

I cannot stress how important sleep is. It may seem like you can function off of 4-5 hours of sleep, but just think how much more functional you would be with 7-8 hours. Sleep is so important for our bodies to rejuvenate and heal themselves. Give yourself a leg up by just trying to get to bed a little earlier.

Start small by intentionally lying down 15 minutes earlier than usual. Slowly you can increase this time until going to be earlier feels better. Remember to put your phone away and reduce screen time in the evenings to help your body naturally get more tired and ready for bed!

Which of these could you do to make your mornings easier?

I hope that you can apply at least one of these tips to help simplify your morning routine! Mornings can be so chaotic especially when you’re trying to get yourself and you kids ready for the day. I’m all about ways to make my life easier when possible!

Take a look at these 8 tips to help you prepare for the next day and simplify your morning routine! There's a good chance you're not doing number 8!
#morningroutine #momhacks #momlife #morninghacks #startyourday #mealprep

What do you do the night before to make your mornings the easiest?

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  1. These are such great ideas! As a mom of four implementing even just a few of these will make my life much easier!

    1. Yes! I didn’t think that I needed to do some of them since I only have two and they’re both still little. But I’ve found that doing some or most every even makes my mornings so much better!

  2. These are all great ideas to make mornings less stressful. I hate to wake up to dirty dishes in the sink in the morning, so I make sure that’s done pretty much every night. I’ve also been better about packing lunches the night before. I like your ideas of meal planning the night before. I wanted to put something in the slow cooker this afternoon, but it was too late. Preparing some different breakfast items would help as well. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I agree Darcey! Dishes in the sink at night gross me out! My husband is super awesome about being on dish duty while I tidy up the counters!

  3. These are great tips to simply your morning! It’s amazing how a few tweaks the night before can give you a great start to the day. Packing lunches ahead is a big one! I hate doing it the morning of, it seriously stresses me out and adds to the morning panic.

    1. Yes! Lunches are a big one. I hate having to argue with my little ones about what we put in there!

  4. I do 1-4 every day already! I need to do more of 5 and 6. We don’t drink coffee so 7 is not needed here. But SLEEP is something we never seem to get enough of. Loved your post!

    1. Thanks Desiree! Sleep is so hard to come by as parents. I’ve trained myself over the years to just go to bed earlier and I always wake up happy that I did! Now I’m just ready at like 9:30pm! Ha

  5. Love these ideas. I already some but the additional ones will really help organise my time more better xxx

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful! I bet most people do at least some of these, but I’m finding that I feel like my life is together when I do more each night!

  6. It’s so impont to have smooth mornings! I’m such a planner so I love all of these. I’ve been working on getting my husband on board with getting everything ready the night before so we’re not rushed in the mornings!

    1. Yes! My husband is out the door way before anyone is up at our house in the mornings, so he’s super helpful in the evenings. I love feeling less crazy when we have it all together!

  7. I do all of these great ideas, except getting enough sleep! Having little kids that struggle with sleep can make sleep a little difficult, but it is definitely on of my goals:)!

    1. It’s SO HARD! Especially with little ones. I’ve been working on just going to bed earlier and training my body to be tired. Now I crave bed at 9:30pm!

    2. These are fantastic! I love having a clean kitchen and an outfit ready to go in the morning. Thanks for all your lovely ideas!

      1. Me too, Nicole! There is something so satisfying about starting the morning off right.

  8. This is great! I need to start being more intentional about my evening time and using it to my advantage.

    1. Once we started doing this, it’s made things much smoother. It doesn’t even take long after the kids are in bed!

  9. These are all great tips, there’s one thing I know that am good at in the morning, setting COFFEE lol 🙂

    1. Haha yes!!! Me too. It’s a MUST!

  10. This makes so much sense to me. I do all of these things in the morning while rushing. I love the idea to do them the night before.

    1. Getting things together the night before has helped me so much!

  11. I do most of these (the lunches, meal prep and clothes) and it makes my life soo much easier!!

  12. We implement almost all of the 8 tips you listed to simplify our mornings! These are really good tips and do make things run more efficiently. I need to work on #5. I am terrible at making lists and it would help me for sure to write it all down and stop trying to remember everything.

    1. That’s amazing! I love lists, but I need to be better about lunches the night before. I’m always glad I did it when I do!

  13. I cannot go to bed with dishes in the sink, it drives me nuts! I love your ideas for a simplified morning. I try to wake up 30 minutes before the kids to enjoy the calm each day and enjoy my coffee while it’s still warm 🙂

    1. Me too! Having that time in the mornings is priceless!

  14. This is a great list. I know if I have a dirty kitchen when I wake up I start the day off in a bad mood. The more I get done the night before, the better my morning 🙂

    1. I feel the same way! A clean kitchen is a great start to my day!

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