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7 Things To Do Tonight When Preparing For Tomorrow

Do these 7 things each night when preparing for tomorrow, and the next morning will be less hectic, and your day will run smoother.

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We've all woken up when the alarm buzzes and want to put our head back under the covers and go back to sleep.

Unfortunately though, life doesn't often allow us to do that, so we've got to take steps to make each day the best it can be.

Many of us have busy mornings, with lots of stuff to do, and often a very limited amount of time to do it.

But you can do yourself a huge favor by doing the following 7 things each night, before you go to bed, that will set yourself up for a better morning.

And we all know that when our morning goes well, it tends that the rest of our day does as well.

So here's the 7 things I suggest you do each night:

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1. Quick Tidy Up Throughout The House

Life happens during the day and things get messy. Hit the "reset" button each night, before going to bed, by doing a quick tidy up of the house.

I'm definitely not talking about a full house cleaning session here, but just tidying up, by putting things away and back in their place.

Don't feel like you have to do this alone either. Make it part of the kids' bedtime routine, and/or you and your partner can pick up the common living areas of the house together before going to sleep.

You can learn more about the tidy up routine here, and what I mean by tidying, versus cleaning or even decluttering (each of the terms means something different!)

How and why to adopt a daily tidy up routine

2. Clean Your Kitchen, And Run The Dishwasher If You Have One

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so making sure it is clean each night before you go to bed will really help your morning, and your whole day, run more smoothly.

You can check out this daily checklist of kitchen cleaning tasks here.

6 daily tasks for a clean kitchen

While I encourage you to do all the listed tasks, if nothing else wash all your dishes, either by running your dishwasher, or washing them by hand.

This allows you, in the morning, to easily empty the clean dishes from your dishwasher or put away the air dried ones from your dish dryer rack and have clean dishes for use all day long.

3.  Make A Realistic To Do List For Tomorrow

Your day runs smoother if you've got a plan for it, and it's best to make that plan before you go to bed the night before.

Doing your planning then allows you to write down your thoughts so you know you won't forget something, and that lets your brain take a well needed rest.

You can definitely use any old piece of paper for your list, but it can be helpful to use a similar format day after day for your to do list.

I've got a free printable to do list form you can use, and it's got only 10 spots listed for tasks. That's the absolute maximum number you should write for yourself during the day, and you may want to limit yourself even further.

I've also got a similar printable daily agenda, that incorporates the daily to do list, along with a few other goal and schedule tracking tools, if you'd like to give it a try instead.

Track your habits and routines with this free printable daily agenda

Limiting the number of tasks on your daily list is helpful, because it requires you to prioritize and be more realistic. After all, if you have 82 things written down to do tomorrow you're setting yourself up to feel like a failure because there is no way you'll get it all done.

4. Choose Your Outfit For The Next Day

Every day feels better when you're dressed in something that makes you feel good.

What you choose doesn't need to be fancy, but it needs to be something you're not afraid to open the door in, or to run out and do an errand wearing, or to feel good in while working.

In the morning, with all the other hustle and bustle, it can be hard to make these decisions with all the distractions going on around you. So instead make them the night before, perhaps after the kids have gone to bed and you have a few quiet moments to focus.

You can learn more about setting out your clothes the night before, or even for several days in advance, here in this article.

Simple tip to help adults and kids get ready in the morning faster and easier

5. Set Up For Breakfast In The Morning

I'm sure you've heard the saying, "the most important meal of the day is breakfast."

Well, it really is. You need to take the time to feed yourself and your family something nutritious and filling, but when things get crazy this can be what we tend to skip.

Setting up for breakfast the next morning doesn't have to be complicated, and actually can be something tacked onto your kitchen clean up routine. Perhaps pull out some bowls for cereal, or set your programmable coffee maker to make your coffee in the morning to help you wake up, or cut fruit to add to your yogurt in the morning.

If whatever preparation you do the night before helps your kids more easily serve themselves breakfast in the morning as well, while you're able to focus on other things or just eat something yourself, all the better!

If you are always trying to figure out what to eat for breakfast, make sure to add breakfast planning into your normal meal planning routine, to make this task even easier!

Healthy meal planning challenge

6. Gather Or Prepare Everything That You'll Take Out The Door With You In The Morning

There's nothing worse than running out the door, kind of late already to get the kids off to school, for one of them to realize they forgot their homework inside the house. Uggghh.

Make the morning a bit less crazy by making sure everything you need to take out the door with you, or that your kids need to take to school, is ready the night before.

This goes for packing backpacks, work or gym bags, making sure coats and gloves are ready for the cold winter morning, and that lunches are packed and ready to go.

In the case of lunches, if you've got to keep your lunch containers in the refrigerator overnight, and not sitting by the door, no problem. But do pack them the night before whenever possible. If something will get soggy if left overnight do as much prep the night before as possible, so you have as few steps to complete lunch making the next morning as possible.

You can learn more about how to create and organize a station in your kitchen to pack lunches for school and work here.

How to organize station to pack lunches for school and work

7. Get A Good And Full Night's Sleep By Heading To Bed Early

And finally, nothing helps you tackle your day with enthusiasm and a positive attitude more than feeling well rested. To do that you've got to get enough sleep, consistently, so make sure you leave enough time for zzzzz's.

HOw much sleep do you and your kids need?

If you consistently do these 7 things each night, before bed, you'll soon find you're more regularly having less hectic mornings and each day will run more smoothly, overall.

Do you have any more habits you do each evening that I've missed? I'd love to hear what you do below, in the comments.

In addition, these are obviously just my suggestions. You should ultimately figure out what things help you the most, that you can get done the night before, to make the best of your morning. Incorporate whatever those things are into your evening routine. You can check out even more ideas of what you can do as part of your evening routine, plus get a free printable evening routine checklist form you can fill out, here.

Suggestions and ideas for tasks to including in your evening routine

In addition, here's 5 habits to make your morning run smoother, for when you get up and going each morning.

5 morning habits that make the day run smoother

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