Less Stressful Mornings

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”  Glenn Cook, Sweet Silver Blues

Mornings can be very stressful. You probably experienced it.  Everyone getting ready at the same time, trying to leave the house on time to get to work, school nursery.  You can’t find the car keys or forgot a lunch box…sounds familiar?  It can be chaos and I am sure I am not the only one who hates starting a day being stressed.

We seem to have some kind of structure and routine these days  which helps to have less stressful mornings.  I won’t lie to you, not every day is a smooth ride.

I thought I would share with you my morning hacks that make things a little less stressful.


You probably know this one quite well.  I thought for a long time that I could manage everything on the morning but with a growing family and more stuff to do I quickly realised that preparing things the night before is better for my sanity.

  • School and nursery uniforms laid out, complete with underwear and socks
  • Nursery and school bags are in their dedicated place downstairs, complete with water, books, new change of clothes if needed
  • Work lunch and snacks packed away. Both boys eat at school and nursery so that’s one thing off the list for the time being
  • Work bag ready and packed
  • I also take out some of the breakfast items and leave them on the kitchen counter the night before (cutlery, plates, cups, cereal, measured amount of porridge, tea bags in mugs, etc – it all may sound weird but saves a couple of minutes
  • Any paperwork, things to take to the post office that needs to be actioned / dropped off that day is either put into my bag or by the door so I remember to take it.
  • Looking through my diary, planning the day ahead – make sure there is no last minute or forgotten appointments.

I also ensure that the house is relatively tidy the night before.  I hate coming downstairs in the morning and dishes to was/put away and mess in the sitting room.  I gave up perfection a long time ago but nothing puts me in a bad mood more then stepping on Lego or another racing car!

If there is a particularly busy week, I put a to-do list together.  Either a weekly or a daily list will helps me see whether I need to get up a little bit earlier or whether I just need to do some more prep the night before.


We have a little tray in the hallway that stores our house & car keys as well as other little items we may need when leaving the house.  No more running around the house looking for keys in the morning!


This may sounds very serious but there is two of us, so it’s only fair.  When I make breakfast, my other half gets the boys changed and ready for the day.  The older one is pretty independent now and likes to get involved so sometimes he will lend a helping hand also.  My husband is also in charge of dropping the boys off to school and nursery, I do the pick-up.


Children love routine, as they know what comes next.  My boys know what to do before leaving the house in the morning and even when I hear a loud NO they will still do it.  For them it’s a natural turn of things.

Ideally, I would like to get up before everyone else is up and have a cup of coffee in peace, embrace Hygge 🙂 look through my diary and plan my day ahead.  Slow – life as the call it.  It happens.  Sometimes.  But 9 times out of 10 the boys either wake me up or sense that I got up and they are downstairs with me within 5 minutes.

I still have my coffee and wake up slowly, but do it with them.  I do like those little moments as I get some extra cuddles.

Sometimes, things happen or I feel so tired after a long day at work that I don’t do everything the night before.  I quickly learn my lesson however and make sure I don’t set myself for a stressful morning.

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  1. Yes! I love that you said the morning routine starts the night before. I experience that with people I work with, they tell me they can’t wake up in time and have a hard time falling asleep. Easiest change with most impact, go to bed at a regular time, prepare your things ahead, stop looking at your phone an hour before going to bed to clear your mind of clutter. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I prepare things the night before as well. I always manage to to lay out my clothes and my son’s school clothes for the next day including shoes and undergarments. This was a great read. I enjoyed reading how you start your days.

  3. This is a great post. It’s definitely true to sort out as much as possible the night before. I always try to at least have my clothes laid out so I don’t have to find something to wear in the morning. I like to relax with a cup of coffee in the morning before I start my day. I always make sure I’ve got time for that 🙂

  4. Excellent tips. I noticed that I feel the same way about tidying up the night before. It just saves so much time the next day and you start the day feeling better.

  5. Great tips! Even though I don’t have little ones at home, my teenager is very active. Preparing the night before does help out with our busy schedule and sets the tone for the new day.

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