26 Tips For Getting Ready The Night Before So You Can Sleep In

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Before you leave work for the day, write out your to-dos for tomorrow. This way, you can clear your head and construct a game plan for the next day instead of spending tonight fretting about everything you need to do when you get to the office in the morning.


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You can write tomorrow’s tasks on any piece of paper, but a dedicated to-do list can help you stay organized and divvy up your assignments in order of importance. Both to-do list pads are available on Amazon: The blue divided one is $8.58, and the floral one is $9.95.

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And don’t forget to toss your trash before you leave the office. This will save you precious time in the morning, *and* you’ll feel energized and ready to kick butt when you walk to a clean desk.


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If you need more storage space, check with your office manager to see if your company has extra desk organizers. There are also hundreds of options on Amazon — like the two-tier mesh organizer on the left for $24.97 (also available in silver), and the adhesive under-desk drawers on the right for $13.95.

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Make your lunch the night before. In fact, make your lunches the weekend before! This way, you’re not scrambling to slap together a sandwich before work or spending money on takeout every afternoon.

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Set up a grab-and-go snack station to streamline the lunch-packing process. Instead of rooting through the fridge each morning, simply grab one or two items from this bin to round out any lunch.


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You can re-create blogger IHeartOrganizing’s fridge organization tip with any containers you have at home to prevent buying more plastic. However, we recommend this clear set from Amazon for $15.99+ if you don’t have any spare bins. We like these because they’re transparent, so you can see when contents are running low and it’s time to go grocery shopping. Plus, they’re versatile enough to be used in the rest of the house.

And if you have a lot of time on your hands, treat your taste buds to these delicious make-ahead snacks.

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Meal-prep your breakfasts! Overnight oats are a great option you can make the night before, as are egg cups and breakfast bars. Want to win at life even more? Make bulk batches on Sunday so you have breakfast for the week.

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Or create your own oatmeal packets that are easy to grab and you can whip up tonight without any cooking.


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Simply portion your desired amount of oatmeal into a container (we recommend reusable silicone bags ($9.97+ on Amazon; available in five sizes and seven colors) if you’re trying to reduce plastic waste (but any old food containers you have in the pantry work too!), add in your *dry* toppings (brown sugar, dried fruits, nuts, etc.), and seal the bag. Then pour the contents into a bowl, add milk, and heat in the microwave for a breakfast that’s ready in under five minutes. From the Frugal Girls.

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Utilize your slow cooker to make overnight oats (in addition to basically a million other recipes).

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Brew your coffee overnight so the longest you’ll be without your precious caffeine is the amount of time it takes you to walk from your bed to the fridge.


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Our readers are obsessed with this cold-brew maker, which holds a quart of joe (4 cups), so you should have enough java to get you through the day (and maybe some left over to share with your favorite coworker). You can get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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Or buy a programmable coffee maker if you prefer hot coffee. You can prep your brew the night before and then schedule this Hamilton Beach model to make a pot the next morning at the time of your choosing.


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This lil’ guy has a two-hour automatic shutoff, so you don’t have to worry that you forgot to turn it off before you left for work. You can get it from Amazon for $40.67.

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Shower at night! There’s obviously a case to be made for showering in the morning (taming bedhead, helping you wake up, providing a few minutes to meditate before starting the day), but bathing before bed not only can save you time the next morning but also puts you in a mindset where you’re ready to go to sleep. This is your time to decompress after a long day.


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There’s nothing wrong with a good old shower cry!

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Set your hair in rollers before you sleep so you can wake up to the most perfect waves. Or wake up an hour early to curl your hair. The choice is yours!


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Reviewers say these are super comfy, meaning you can sleep with them in with no problem. If you have super-long hair, you may need two rollers for each curl instead of one. You can get a pack of 30 rollers from Amazon for $13.99.

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Psst! You should also apply dry shampoo before bed if you don’t plan on washing it that night or the next morning. Overnight, it will have time to absorb excess oil on your scalp and in roots so that your locks are ready to be styled when you get up.


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Handmade Heroes Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo comes highly recommended by users. It’s technically for anyone with medium to dark hair, but blondes say it works just fine for them, too! You can get it from Amazon for $12.90.

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Another way to hack your nighttime routine is to throw a sleep mask into the mix. This way, you give your skin plenty of time to soak in all the ingredients so you wake up the next morning with a beautiful, glowing complexion. This means less time spent color correcting and applying makeup the next morning.


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A fan favorite is Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. A combination of brutal winter weather and moisture-sucking central heat can cause your skin to flake, crack, chap, and freak the eff out. This mask is great for all skin types and hydrates your skin while you sleep so you can fight back against the elements and indoor heat. You can get it from Amazon for $22.

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And remember to apply an acne patch if pimples are seriously stressing you out. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple overnight. The next morning, you may notice that your breakouts have gotten drastically smaller, if they haven’t disappeared altogether.

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Pack your work bag with everything you need for the next day: laptop, water bottle, important papers, workout clothes, etc.


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Reviewers rave about this roomy, faux-leather tote that has room for all your essentials and is über stylish. There’s only one large pocket inside, so you may want to get an organizer insert if you like to keep the contents separated. You can get it from Amazon for $13.66 (available in 54 styles).

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If you’re the forgetful type, enlist the help of a doorknob organizer, which may make your mornings a bit less chaotic. Deposit your keys here the night before so you can simply grab them on your way out the door.


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This bright-red doorknob organizer has plenty of slots for all your essentials; there’s even a large pouch in the back for your newspaper. You can get it from Amazon for $9.75.

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But let’s say you can’t be trusted to put things back in the same place — that’s fine! Find things in a flash with a pocket-size Tile Mate, because it’s not as if you can call your keys if you misplace them. Using your smartphone, you can make these trackers «ring» so it’s easier to locate whatever is missing. You can even find a lost phone by holding down the Tile button until your phone rings, even if it’s on silent.


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Each Tile has a range of 200 feet. You can get it from Amazon for $24.19+ (also available in a four-pack and three styles).

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And if worst comes to worst, you can leave yourself sticky notes around the house reminding you of your to-dos.


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We recommend Post-it Extreme Notes, which are water resistant and have an ultra-strong hold. This is great if you want to stick Post-it Notes on your bathroom mirror without worrying that steam from the shower will make them fall off the mirror. You can get 12 pads from Amazon for $10.06+ (also available in multipacks).

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Check the weather the night before, people! This will inform so many choices you have to make tomorrow, including what you’ll wear and how early you need to leave the house (because everyone forgets how to drive the minute it starts raining).


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Oh, and be prepared to get called a «meatbag» by your weather app.

Available for both iOS (for $4.99) and Android.

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And speaking of what you’re going to wear tomorrow, choose it now.


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Lucky for you, a future in which we choose our outfits via a computer exists, thanks to Stylebook, an iOS app ($5.99) that catalogs your closet, allows you to virtually mix and match outfits, and helps you plan your sartorial creations.

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Pro tip: Pick out your outfits for the week before it begins. This way, you have plenty of options if you wake up one morning and realize you really don’t feel like wearing Tuesday’s designated outfit.


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Another pro tip: Save even more time by nestling your socks in your shoes and grabbing a bra, underwear, or tights that you plan to wear with tomorrow’s outfit *now* so you’re not rummaging through your drawers tomorrow morning half asleep, looking for a pair of matching socks.

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Now that you know what you want to wear, de-wrinkle tomorrow’s outfit with a handheld steamer. Trust me, that extra 15 minutes of sleep is gonna feel so worth it — and no one will know that the shirt you’re wearing has been sitting in the clean-laundry pile for a week!


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Check out our in-depth review of the PurSteam Elite Steamer to learn more. (But if you’d rather not spend a single dollar, hang your wrinkled clothes in the bathroom while you shower and let the steam loosen stubborn creases.) You can get it from Amazon for $25.97.

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Or try a wrinkle release spray if you don’t have time to iron or are terrified of handheld steamers (me!).


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If you love citrus scents and hate wrinkled clothes, this is the spray for you. It’s plant-based and so easy to use: Just mist it on your clothes, smooth the fabric with your hands and try to tug out any deep wrinkles, and hang your garment until it’s dry. You can get a 32-ounce spray bottle from Amazon for $14.89.

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Sleep in your workout clothes and save yourself a few precious minutes in the a.m. Now you have no excuse *not* to get moving in the morning because you’re already dressed and ready to exercise. (And no, the marathon you ran in your dream does not count.)


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And now that you’ve set yourself up for success, actually go to bed!


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The Sleepytime website will tell you what time you should head to bed based on when you need to get up. It’s designed so that you wake between sleep cycles instead of in the middle of one, so you don’t feel groggy.

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Oh! And don’t forget to set your alarm — and then place your clock on the other side of the room so you actually have to get out of bed to shut it off.


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If you’re notorious for snoozing your phone alarms and then waking up late, you might as well get an alarm clock. A basic, no-frills clock like the one on the left, which you can get from Amazon for $12.93, will get the job done. Or you could get the Philips clock on the right, which brightens slowly over time so you wake naturally and is also available from Amazon, for $93.94.

You to yourself when you *don’t* follow these tips and are running around the next morning with 50 million things to do:


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