Starting Your Day Out Right

My kitchen, ready for a busy day!

As a work-at-home mom since our first daughter was born, I’ve learned the value of getting ready for especially busy days before the day starts. Waking up to a clean house and not having to worry about finding clothes for everyone, deciding what we’ll eat or keeping the girls entertained helps me balance what can sometimes be an extremely hectic schedule.

Let me start by saying that I don’t go this far on an everyday basis. On a normal night, I simply clean up before bed and then worry about breakfast, clothes and activities the next day. Waking up to a clean, straight house makes the day go smoother, no matter what mood the girls are in or what we have to do. And even better, not having to worry about cleaning up from dinner the night before means we have time to head outside on a beautiful morning or dance around the family room as we listen to a CD without the guilt of a list of chores that need to be done.

On the other hand, on days when I know that I have little wiggle room or that we’re leaving the house early for an appointment, I do my best to get as much ready the night before as possible. Yes, I even pull the bags of cereal out of the pantry and set them on the counter with bowls and spoons because sometimes every minute counts and having one less thing to worry about is a sanity saver.

Do you “shine your sink” before bed each night, a la The Fly Lady? Have you noticed a difference between days when you wake up to a clean, straight house and days when you wake up to a pile of dishes, toys and clutter?