How To Be Organized In the Morning: Be Organized The Night Before
Monday morning blues can carry on throughout the week if you find it impossible to be organized.
If calm and pleasant mornings are your challenge, there are a few clear cut actions you can take to help make mornings pleasant and help in quick, stress free get aways.
Identify your organizational glitches
The first step to creating morning bliss is to identify your organizational glitches.
Some possible morning nightmares are waking up late, no breakfast or eating in a rush, misplaced clothing, incompletely packed back-packs, homework or school supplies that have gone missing, no time to make a school lunch and coming home at the end of the day to a kitchen disaster, unmade beds and a messy house.
A frantic morning often means a frantic day.
Organize yourself first
Organizing children will always be chaotic if you haven’t taken the time to be organized yourself. All this can change when you start to organize for the morning the night before. Here are seven proven guidelines to organize yourself and your family so you have happy mornings without a hitch.
A clean kitchen the night before minimizes your distractions and helps create the clear thinking you need to get organized for the next day. Clutter and disorganization always thrive on incompletes and the first organizational task is to complete the kitchen clean up. This means dishes in cupboards, counters clean, floors swept and everything put away. There is nothing worse that having to get breakfast and make lunches in a kitchen that has dishes and messy counters and floors from the night before. This can make the morning unpleasant and stressful. A messy kitchen can turn a well planned morning completely off track into complete chaos.
Clothing can be an area of disorganization in the morning. A simple solution is to have every person in the family to be organized for the day is to lay out their clothing the night before. This means inner and outer wear, shoes and socks and any thing else gets laid out or hung in the hanger.
Taking five minutes to do this will eliminate any last minute frantic complaints about lost or unwashed clothing The lost items can be located and unwashed clothing cleaned and clothing that needs to be ironed done the night before so everything is ready in the morning.
If you find clothing is always a problem with a lack of clean clothes, not enough socks or sports clothes not washed on time, you may want to consider better organizational systems for your laundry. This may entail setting up a system of doing laundry more frequently or complete the laundry cycle of wash, dry, put away. If this cycle is incomplete clothing will always be a problem in the morning.
Packing Backpacks the night before can eliminate forgotten homework and a last minute scramble. Choose a time to organize and pack what you need for the next day so any laundry or undone homework can be completed. This means sports clothes, homework, books and anything else needed for school the next day can be packed. A good tip for a very busy morning is to place backpacks and briefcases near the door. If it’s going to rain make sure umbrellas and raincoats are nearby and ready to go.
The evening is the time to check for teachers notes, papers that need to be signed, any school information, forgotten homework and because it is still early you have time to do laundry, and get homework finished. It might also be a good time to update your family calendar.
A key go smooth running mornings is to organize yourself and model the behavior you want your family to emulate. Make the time to organize and pack what you need for the next day so if you have children that need supervision and reminding you are free to do that. Being organized first and then concentrating on your family will make your mornings flow a lot smoother. Once everything you need is organized you can place it by the front door. That way is simply grab, dash and go.
Food: Where is your organizational trouble spot? Is it the breakfast hour, getting lunches made, never having the right food in the house or the mess you come home to at the end of the day? The source of being disorganized in the kitchen can be the lack of planning around menus and grocery shopping, not competing cleaning tasks or simply not getting prepared.
Get the lunch choices out in the open and pre-make as much as you can. Every person’s lunch box can be clean and in the kitchen ready to be filled. If you have a very early start lay out breakfast dishes, the night before and put the cereal or bread you need out and ready to go. Rotate dish clean up duty between family members and take out anything from the freezer you may need for dinner. This is the way to come back to a clean kitchen so you can relax a little after work and with dinner all ready to go.
Get up and get ready first. By getting up fifteen to twenty minutes earlier changes the whole tempo of your morning. Spending five minutes reviewing your to do list made the night before can remove stress from your day and get you proactive and focused. Supervising your family is much easier when you’ve had coffee on your own or you are already showered and dressed. Simply getting up a little earlier and organizing yourself can make you feel and act more directed and in control.
Make a checklist. Checklists are great for very large or forgetful families and make frantic cluttered morning an oasis of calm. It’s also a good tool for self responsibility and learning to get yourself organized for anyone of any age. Checklists can be written on a whiteboard, blackboard or written on paper and put in a family organizational binder or bulletin board.
The simplest way to make a checklist is to take an A4 paper and list a.m. on the top and p.m. at the bottom with a line widthwise through the middle. List the tasks that need to be done in the morning and the tasks that need to be done in the evening. You can also list extra things that need to taken that morning such as musical instruments, library books.
Items on the morning checklist can include all the reminders for your children such as brushing teeth, making beds or anything else you need them to do. The evening checklist can include the backpack packing, laying out clothes and anything else that can be done before bedtime. A good tip is to keep your checklist short and not list more than ten tasks or reminders.
Try all or some of the seven proven guidelines for a calm and relaxed morning. The only way to be organized is to get organized so you can take consistent action and see if the results work for you to make life easier.
Copyright ©2009 Jane Alais