There are a few things I like to do every night, not because I'm looking for some sort of perfection for the angels in middle of the night, but because when morning comes my day is welcomed with a sort of peace I need.
My friend Amber encouraged me to start this routine. I think if you choose to start your own routine, you need to find what works for you and what helps your morning run smoother.
-Clean the kitchen. No I don't sweep and mop, but I clean the counters and most importantly I clean the sink. If you don't ever start a morning routine that is perfectly fine, but try cleaning the sink every night and see how it feels in the morning. Life changing. I tell ya.
-Load & run dishwasher. Obviously the run part doesn't always happen, because I'm not going to run a less than full dishwasher, I have to run it enough already.
-Pick up the toys. I get all the toys picked up and re-organized.
-Set the coffee. A year ago our best friends moved in with us while they were waiting to get into their house and the coffee pot I had was terrible. They got me one with a timer, and it's gorgeous. And it's just awesome. Plus having coffee ready when I wake! Hallelujah!!!
The reason I do all this is for the feeling when I come down those stairs in the morning. I don't feel overwhelmed by the chaos, but welcomed peacefully into my world.
If life feels overly annoying/chaotic/overwhelming in the morning, I challenge you to try this. Use my list, make up your own, whatever. I just know for me, it helps. It helps me not to feel defeated from the get go.