Mornings suck. I mean, I don’t know how many hours of my life have been spent running around like a crazy person in the early dawn, trying to get dressed and out the door in a timely manner. How many times have I driven halfway to work only to wonder, suddenly, if the hair straightener was still on (and certain to burn down my entire apartment)? Fortunately, there are many things to do at night so you can get ready as fast as possible in the morning.
It’s taken a lot of time — and probably entirely too much thought — but I have managed to streamline my evening routine so that the morning rush is a little less sucky. Because I’m not going to perform optimally before the coffee kicks in, preparing as much as possible the night before just makes sense. Whether it’s selecting an outfit or preparing breakfast, it’s easier if my morning decisions have been pre-selected.
So here’s a roundup of the best ways to prepare for the morning rush beforehand, so that you aren’t running around the house trying to track down a missing shoe one minute before you have to leave for work. Mornings may never be stress-free times of zen-like bliss, but at least you can carve out a minute or two to enjoy your coffee before the day really gets going.