I believe that the things you do in the evening have a direct impact on the next day. Doing things the night before sets you up for a smooth and pleasant morning. There will always be surprises, disasters and spilled coffee, but those events won’t be as disastrous if you’ve planned ahead for the day. I follow a basic routine each evening that makes mornings a little more bearable (I’m majorly not a morning person). Most of these tasks are done whether I have a full day of work and appointments or a day at home with chores and blogging.
Here are the things I do each night:
- Clean up from supper:
- Put supper dishes in the dishwasher
- Wash supper prep dishes (pots and pans)
- Wipe down the counters, stove top and microwave
- Pack lunch for the next day
- Plan my outfit for the next day, iron if needed
- Put dirty dishes from dessert in the dishwasher 🙂
- Spray and wipe out kitchen sink
- Set out anything extra I’m taking to work
- Write my to-do list for the next day
- Proof-read the next day’s blog post
- Clear any papers or clutter on the kitchen counter
- Straighten living room pillows and blankets
- Put TV controls away
- Feed cats
It looks like a lot, but these things are completed over a span of about three hours. There’s always time for TV or relaxing with my husband, but I don’t go to bed until everything is done. I love knowing that the only thing I have to do in the morning is get ready and eat breakfast.
I’m enjoying the 30 Day Night Time Cleaning Challenge from How Jen Does It (on YouTube). She’s challenged her viewers to get into the habit of preparing for the next day, each evening for 30 days. I’ll be joining the fun on Instagram and YouTube so be sure and follow me to see my routine in action!
Do you have an evening cleaning routine? What do you do?