Mom Hacks: Evening Habits to Help You Have Easier Mornings

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Mom Hacks: Evening Habits to Help You Have Easier Mornings

I was in a chaotic season of life that left me feeling totally exhausted, worn out and irritable by 5pm every day. I was anxiously watching the clock for bedtime and felt completely depleted by the time I crawled into bed. A good night’s sleep didn’t help me feel any better and I dreaded leaving my bed to find what the previous day had left for me. It was during this time that I decided to get serious about my evenings and came up with a game plan that has transformed my mornings. Here are 6 mom hacks for evening habits that are sure to make for easier mornings.

Evening Habits For Easier Mornings

1. Plan your dinners

Planning your dinners will help your evenings tremendously! Gone are the days of not knowing what you are going to feed the troops when 5:30pm comes around and nothing is ready. Write down any extracurricular activities, birthday parties or date nights. Maybe consider adding a slow cooker meal on a busy weeknight. Or declare Friday as pizza night, because, the weekend.

2. Clean up dinner

Cooking, eating and then immediately turning around to clean up dinner is the bane of my existence. It is a necessary evil, though, so just do it! To get through it, I put on one of my favorite podcasts and I clean the kitchen, and put leftover food into containers. Then I load the dishwasher and wipe down the counters. I run the dishwasher at night too, and then in the morning I have clean dishes, a clean kitchen and a clear mind to start my morning.

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3. Talk through the next day

Once my kids are down for the night and there is more than two minute increments to talk, my husband and I like to discuss the “game plan” for the next day. Who’s doing what, who is responsible for which chores and who’s going where? This is especially important for couples who have limited communication during the day. They tend to feel left out of plans that are made during the work day, and everyone needs to be on the same page.

4. Pick up the living room

This is an evening activity where the kids can definitely help, and they can help starting at basically any age! Part of the bedtime routine is a cleanup time! This doesn’t have to mean sparkling, or pristine. No one has time for that in the evening. But toys, homework, books, bags, and any random objects need to be in their respective places. I have one toy box in my living room that my husband made that fits my motif and gets all of the little cars, tractors and figurines contained, win for everyone!

5. Set out outfits and pack bags

Everyone in the family needs to lay out what they are going to wear the next morning. There is nothing more aggravating than already running behind and someone needs a soccer jersey they can’t find. Making sure bags are packed with homework that is completed and that papers that need to be signed by parents are signed and back in the bag is a must. This also includes lunches made for the next day; kids can help out with this as well starting pretty young!

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6. Prep tomorrow’s dinner

If tomorrow’s dinner is something that is going to need to go in the slow cooker in the morning, be sure to prep the ingredients beforehand and keep it in the fridge over night. Then in the morning you can throw everything in the slow cooker and get on with your busy day!

Creating and enforcing evening habits takes work but the payoff is amazing! I would even argue that the kids will grow to enjoy it too. Waking up to find that half of the chores you normally had to do in the morning are now done is such a win for everyone. Mom is less stressed, the kids aren’t as frazzled and you might even get to enjoy the morning. Work on finding what works for you and your family’s schedule, and stay consistent. If you encourage yourself to get it done, your morning self will thank you!

About the Author /

Hannah Southerland is a stay-at-home mom and wife of two little boys. She blinked and now they are 3 and 4 and taking over her world with karate moves and an endless need for snacks. Over the past 4 years, she’s been researching topics on sleep, baby care, and motherhood, trying to parent the best way she knows how!

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