Time to Plan: Morning and Nighttime Routines

January 4, 2012

I am always amazed how much smoother my day goes by simply just taking 5-10 minutes the night before to lay out the clothes for the kids and myself. It seems like when I skip this small task, I spend the beginning of my morning running around in circles and stressing myself out before I even really start my day.

So I’ve been working on carving out my morning and nighttime routines over the last two days. Like everything else I do, I’m trying to keep it real simple and basic so I don’t overwhelm myself and quit before I even start. I’m hoping that by simply taking a little time when I wake up and before I go to bed to plan out my day and tie up any loose ends from the current day that I can save myself a lot of time and stress in the long-run.

Even little things as simple as checking to make sure there aren’t any clothes left in the washer/dryer or that I remembered to start the dishwasher can lead to an overall difference in how my next day starts. I find that when I start my day off trying to catch up from the one before, that I never truly catch up.

So here’s a tiny peek into what I’m going to try over the next week or two to see how it works:

Morning Routine
1) Rise and Shine and Make the Bed
2) Get ready right away so I don’t have to squeeze in a shower midday. (yes, sometimes that happens!)
3) Start a load of laundry. This way, it’s done by the time breakfast is over!
4) Unload the dishwasher, if need be.
5) Make myself a cup of hot tea and review my to-do list for the day before the kids wake up.
6) Enjoy breakfast with the kids before I start my work day.
7) Check my emails and begin whatever I have planned for that day.

Nighttime Routine
1) Lay out clothes for myself and the kids for the next day.
2) Check to see events for the following day and put any items I need by my purse/coat so I don’t forget them.
3) Take time out with the kids to read books and get them tucked in for the night.
4) Check washer/dryer and finish up anything left.
5) Wrap up loose ends in the kitchen–washing up countertops, putting away dishes, etc.
6) Do a quick walk-through of the house and put away anything that’s not where it should be.
7) Make a to-do list for the following day.
8 ) Check my meal plan for the following day and take out any frozen items that need to thaw.
9) Take time to wrap up any website loose ends or take time for myself or with my hubby.
10) Check my email one last time for the night and get to bed at a reasonable time!

I’m hoping that by getting in a little routine that my day will go a little smoother, save me time, stress and possibly money. I’ve found that when my house is in order, I have more free time to get myself organized so I can stay on top of my menu plans, coupon clipping and other ways that help us save money.

Do any of you currently have morning/nighttime routines set in place yet? I’d love to hear how yours looks!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mary January 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

I try to be organized because it DOES make life easier, but some days/nights I am just ready to fall over. I know if I have routines, things would get easier and everyone would be on the same page. So I might just have to take this initiative and buckle down and get a routine going.

2 coupongeek January 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I am the same way. I get so tired and I’m like…the dishes can wait. Or I’ll just fold those clothes tomorrow. Then my next day starts off with dirty dishes and wrinkled clothes. LOL. I’m hoping the routines will help.

I’ve been forcing myself to do them for two days and it’s getting a little easier. I’m hoping soon enough, it will be second nature and a breeze each night. We’ll see what happens! :)

3 Crystal January 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I recently posted on my blog about the morning routine that I have with my daughter, but you are very right. Moms need to take care of themselves too! At night, I try to make sure I clean up all the extra little toys before I go to bed and I try to make sure the dishes are all done. I have also moved my make up downstairs so I can do my make-up when the kids are eating breakfast (bathroom right next to kitchen). I am going to have to think about this some more! I may need to reevaluate!

4 coupongeek January 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

Thanks for sharing, Crystal! I think the routines will help out a lot. Hoping they become second nature over time!

5 Mary January 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Maybe Monday I can start…lol. I feel like I am always cleaning up the house and it drives me crazy! I need to enforce more rules and delegate more. I can be a pushover if I feel lazy (like right now lol) Need to go make some tea and get motivated! The baby is teething so he’s not sleeping great at night, making me tired in the day..

6 coupongeek January 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Awww, Mary, I remember the teething days. Those are so rough! I hope you get some sleep soon!

I love to make tea to get motivated, too!

Just do what you can when you can. Every little bit eventually adds up. My friend told me she makes a list of 3 simple things a day and works towards them. Even simple things like making a dental appt. That advice has truly helped me. I get to cross of three items and I feel like I’m getting things done and it motivates me to keep doing a few more. :)

7 Alison January 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I know that I am late to this post but I would like to copy and paste your list and put it on the fridge. It seems like it was the same to do’s that I have. I did make a spreadsheet a little while ago that breaks out each day and what I have to do. There is a basic template and then I go through and add more things the night before or in the morning when I am getting organized. It leaves me enough room and if it is full, then I probably don’t have anymore time left. It is great because I used to write a list and then loose it during the day. It isn’t organized if you don’t know what you are suposed to be doing. My only problem is that my son is up before I get to do all those things which is all the more reason to stay organized. I hope that this list helps me get off the couch after I plop at night :) THANKS!!

8 coupongeek January 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

Aww, I am flattered, Alison that you liked my list. I hope that it helps you, too! It’s been quite a lifesaver for me the last two weeks. The house seems to finally feel better and I’m not stressing like I was about things not looking decent and running around like crazy in the mornings when we get ready for school.

So glad that you are liking the series!

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