Good morning, sleepy head. You had a good night’s sleep, right? Time to get up, get the kids ready, make breakfast and get on with your day. Today is going to be great. Then you enter the living room or the kitchen and it looks like a hurricane hit it.
What happens? Your mood sours and your stress level goes up. Or maybe you just really feel sluggish the moment you got up. No drive or desire to do anything at all. Depression maybe?
Whatever that is, there’s a mommy night time routine that will help you start the next day feeling fab and great ready to take on the day.
Don’t Leave the Dishes Undone
You would not want to wake up to a sink filled with dirty dishes. If you can, do them the night before or at least load them in the dishwasher. Washing dishes isn’t the first thing you’d want to do when you get up. You’d want to breathe in first, get yourself ready and take your me time with a cup of coffee.
Dishes don’t take long to do. Maybe a max of 15 minutes? Take that 15 minutes and spare yourself the work the following morning because you will surely do more dishes during the day. I highly recommend this to be part of your mommy night time routine.
Put Thing Back in Place
When you have kids, you’ll expect to have a mess here and there. There will be things taken out of their proper place and as sad as it sounds, it’s going to be the adult’s job to put them back. Take 10-15 minutes to tidy up your commons rooms the night before. That way, when you get up in the morning and enter your common room, you won’t get stressed out by the clutter.
Even better, you can have your kids give you a hand!
Prepare Food for the Next Day
If you have kids going to school, you can save yourself the stress and rush of the morning by packing their school lunches ahead of time. If you’re making a hot meal, mis en place the night before, so all you have to do is to put them together and cook the following morning.
Otherwise, you can pack the fruits and sandwiches the night before and keep them chilled in the fridge. Trust me; this will save you a ton of work the next day and have more time to mingle with your kids before they head to school. A definite must to include in your mommy night time routine.
Pick Out Your Kids Clothes
I love how this hits two birds with one stone. It eases your chores in the morning and allows you to bond with your kids at night. Pick out their outfit for the following day, so you can have them ready on top of their drawers. It will be more systemized for them after their baths, and you have the confidence they can dress themselves without you.
This means you have more time to do other things for them or grab your much needed morning coffee. Full proof mommy night time routine checklist right here.
Plan Your Meals for the Next Day
I hate thawing food too late. I found a solution to that by planning my menu the night before. This allows me to list down the ingredients I have or lack and prepare if there’s any need to thaw meat. Also, it saves me from racking my brain trying to figure out what to make a couple hours before dinner time.
This is another top on your mommy night time routine.
Write a To-Do List
Oh yes. Planning makes a hell a lot of difference on how your day goes. Map out the things that you want to see done first and prioritize them. Of course, do not be bounded firmly on your plans. Things can change and being too tightly bound to your plan can cause stress which the exact opposite of what we’re aiming for.
Planning is not firm but it does help a lot if you’re the type of mom who gets easily distracted or cannot multi-task. Be consistent with your planning, but be open to changes as well. :)
Get Your Me Time
Whether it’s a couple hours of Netflix with your hubby, a bubble bath, an hour of reading or just plain sitting down, make it a habit to have a ‘me’ time before you go to bed. This will help you reflect on how your day went, figure out how to make the next day better and just relax.
If you had an exceptionally stressful day, make use of your husband. Some alone time with him can do you a lot of good if you know what I mean. ;) Yes, that could be an option. I was thinking more of ranting to him, but that works too!
Get Enough Sleep
Adults need about 6-7 hours of sleep to be able to function at top performance. Less than that, chances would be crankiness and lack of drive to do anything. We’re all up for ‘me’ time, but if takes most of your mommy night time routine and deprives you of sleep, it’s counter productive.
Make sure to get at least 6 hours of sleep. :)
So, have you tried any of these routines? Do they work for you?
What works really well for me is the meal planning, the ‘me’ time and the enough hours of sleep. I do what I can to make sure I’m productive and effective the following day. I’m not much of a planner, but it has helped me a lot.
So, even if I have to sit through 10 boring minutes of planning, it’s worth it if it makes the next day go smoother and easier.
Go ahead and start adding these to your mommy night time routine!
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