8 Tested Ways to Prep For a Smoother Morning

8 Tested Ways to Prep For a Smoother Morning

Make your mornings smoother with our tried-and-true tips for prepping the night before.


It’s no secret that how you leave things the night before sets the stage for the following morning. But what works for one person might not go so well for another. Anyone who has ever laid out a clean uniform only to forget the shoes can agree.

So we gathered together and road-tested the top common night-before prep ideas to help make your mornings go a little more smoothly. Find out what worked – and what didn’t.

Idea #1: It’s in the bag
Pack your and the kids’ lunches, down to the napkins. Put lunch bags in the fridge for a quick grab-and-go.

Did it work?
Most of us, or our kids, were already doing this. Those who weren’t found it to be a bit of an adjustment, but an undeniable time-saver. One watch-out: To avoid soggy sandwiches, spread condiments in the middle between meats and cheeses or lightly toast the bread beforehand.

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Idea #2: Ready, set, eat!
Set out breakfast items like cereal boxes, bowls, spoons and juice glasses. Every second counts!

Did it work?
Yes – especially for families with many mouths to feed or varying food preferences. Our eat-on-the-go types tweaked this one by pre-packing bananas, granola bars and water bottles in their bags.

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Idea #3: No dish left behind
Gather all the used dishes from around the house and run the dishwasher before hitting the sack.

Did it work?
This one’s a no-brainer – and another one you can get help with. We all agreed that waking up to unwashed dishes is a downer. Plus, who wants to search for a clean coffee mug at 6 a.m.?

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Idea #4: Look ahead
Check your next-day schedule and weather forecast, and pack/plan accordingly.

Did it work?
Yes! This helped our team with everything from choosing the right shoes and jackets on rainy days to packing hairspray for touch-ups before big client presentations – and even reminded some about almost-forgotten commitments.

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Idea #5: Only the essentials
Group all of your must-haves – wallet, purse, keys, briefcase, phone – right by the door so you won’t forget them.

Did it work?
For the most part, yes. A few of us who rely on our phones for an alarm clock or who need to check email frequently reported some snafus. For those items, we found it useful to put a post-it note on the door as a reminder to do a phone-check.

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Idea #6: Dress for success
Lay out clothes and accessories for the next day and wash anything in the hamper you want to wear.

Did it work?
Ah, the classic outfit layout. This one came down to personal preference. For those of us who are prone to trying on multiple outfits in the morning, it saved a ton of time. Others who usually get dressed in a snap didn’t find it super useful.

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Idea #7: Be not in vain
Set out your toothbrush, razor, moisturizer and deodorant on your vanity.

Did it work?
This can save you from having to dig through drawers – unless you have limited bathroom counter space or if you share a bathroom with multiple family members. It even helped one person avoid an almost-forgotten-deodorant disaster. Whew!

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Idea #8: Sweet dreams
Simple as it seems, say goodnight to everyone in the family (a text from your teen doesn’t count!).

Did it work?
This was a unanimous win. Everyone agreed that a few sweet words can make you wake up feeling happier – and ready to tackle the day.

How do you prime your mornings the night before? Tell us about your tips and trials in the comments.

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