Mornings can often feel a little hectic, even if you are a morning person. Between showering, getting ready, having breakfast, and being responsible for getting other human beings out the door too, there never seems to be quite enough time. For the night owls or chronically underslept among us who struggle with hitting the snooze button a little too often, however, mornings can often feel like complete chaos.

One of the most effective ways to alleviate these messy mornings is by doing as much as you can the night before – preparing breakfast dishes, putting out coffee or tea, and yes, setting out your clothes, shoes, and bag, too.

Today, we’ll discuss the benefits of this organizational style. Let’s get started!

Why Prepare the Night Before?

Preparing for what you’re going to wear the night before means you’ll save valuable time in the morning – time you can then use to have a decent meal, meditate, or even sleep for a little longer!

You’ll also avoid the last-minute frenzy of trying to find a missing shoe or realizing the suit jacket you were planning to wear has a stain on in. In an interview with Forbes, one woman admitted “I’m a zombie in the morning…and cannot pick outfits last minute, so I put everything out on my chair the night before, down to the down to the underwear, shoes, and jewelry. I even put a pair of contact lenses out on the sink”.

Taking 5-10 minutes to plan everything you need the night before can often save you a half hour or more of disorganization the next morning. Many people who have adopted this habit have also discovered an unintended benefit to being prepared each evening…

Plan Ahead, Look Great

Men’s style bible GQ Magazine explains that organizing your clothes, shoes, and bag the night before comes with advantages that go beyond the organization.

They explain, “You know the feeling: You get dressed in the morning and as you look at yourself in the bathroom mirror you think, ‘I look good.’ Yet the minute you walk into work, all of that confidence turns into, ‘What was I thinking?’. What changed between brushing your teeth and sitting down at your desk? Well, a big part of the answer is that you woke all the way up. Had you taken 15 minutes the night before to choose your clothing, you wouldn’t be full of regret over your current weird pants-shoe combo.”

Choosing your outfit and accessories the night before – while fully awake – means you can troubleshoot your clothing choices, iron any wrinkled items, and ensure you’ll truly be putting your best foot forward the next morning.

Committing to this habit may take a few weeks to stick, but the benefits are well worth it. Find a routine that works for you, and you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time. Good luck!

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