I don’t know about you, but the state in which I leave my house each morning has a big impact on the way the rest of my day pans out.
If I leave in a frenzy of “no we CAN’T wait till Bananas in Pyjamas is finished” and “oh my god, why aren’t your shoes on yet?” I can pretty much guarantee I’ll get to work and find I’ve left my laptop at home. And there’s not much that can save the day from there.
If we manage to exit the house on time however, and in a dignified fashion, the trip to day care/school/work is much more pleasant and when I sit down at my desk to start work, I feel on top of life and raring to take on the day.
So what can we do to get our mornings resembling the latter situation more often than not?
Try these four things:
1. Avoid the 8am special surprise
There’s nothing worse than going to get dressed for the day only to find every pair of stockings you own has a hole in it.
Then add to this a husband who has no work shirts and a child who can’t find his Thomas the Tank Engine Crocs (these being the only shoes he will wear). Or that half the outfit you were planning to wear is in the wash.
This is why each night, I lay out every piece of clothing my family will need for the next day. If I’m going to be Thomas the Tank Engine Croc hunting, I want to be doing it in the evening, not two minutes before it’s time to leave in the morning.
2. No chores in the morning
Nothing kills your morning faster than waking to a full sink of dishes or a family room that looks like a bombsite. (And don’t even think of trying to ignore it and leave it for the afternoon. If you think waking up to that sight is soul-destroying, imagine what coming home in the afternoon to it will feel like!)
Each night just before I turn in for the evening, I do what I call the ‘10-minute tidy’ and reset the kitchen/dining/living room back to ‘normal’.