Never leave the house in a mess before you go to bed.
Applying the *See How Much You Can Get Done In 15 Minutes* might be needed sometimes before bed. NOBODY wants to get up to a crock-pot full of chili that needs washed, or newspapers and shoes all over the floor, the table cluttered with the day's events, wet play clothes and muddy shoes, unfolded laundry on the couch or a pizza party in the front room...a cold and stale pizza party it will be in the morning.
Remember, the elves hardly EVER show up, so it's up to you. Getting up to a mess in the morning can sometimes ruin a whole day. You just never seem to get ahead because you were already behind even before you got up.
Try to always put things up and make things nice and have things where they belong before you go to bed. Have you ever stayed in bed longer because you knew what you were fixing to get up to? tut tut......
Not only go to bed with a tidy house.....have a plan for breakfast, get a coffee pot with a timer and use it, know what you're going to wear.
Be all bright eyed and bushy tailed for your family to get up to every morning. Making sure things are in order doesn't take half as much time as being in the *red* like a bank account all day long.
Never walk around in your house-coat or pajamas all day long. Don't leave your hair like it was when you got up. Don't wait for Saturday to take a shower.
Put on some pretty clothes. Dress the part for what you plan to do that day. Don't wear ragged out painting clothes if you're not going to paint. Wearing worn out clothes and sad shoes.....no perfume and your hair looks like a tornado will certainly not help you get things done. Your kids and husband depend on you to set the mood, and you do, whether you mean to or not.
Really, how would you like to get up every morning as a kid to nothing ever being ready for breakfast, mom is still in bed, wondering if you are going to do school or not, the house is a wreck and the cat wants out and the dog wants in.
Our first four children were delivered by the same midwife and she always told me to NOT get dressed for a week after I had a baby. She said, if you get dressed, you will do too much. Hmmmmm, that must mean if I keep my house-coat on all day, I will tend to lay around.
Ok, maybe you don't have to go this far.........but wearing the right clothes makes a big difference. When I was in Bible college, we were always told to dress up on the days we would be taking a test.
Get up. Be thankful. Put on an apron and get on with your day!