I am the type of person that feels more productive in the evening than during the day. Anyone else feels like that? I don’t know what it is, but I get so much more work done in the later hours of the day! I do the dishes, the laundry and ironing, sometimes cleaning and organizing, and even blogging, late at night. Now, it’s not like I don’t do anything during the day. I do have other tasks that need to be completed. It just so happens that I get this burst of energy in the evening time and decide to use it towards housework. Probably has something to do with me just being a natural night owl.
However, I do not see this as a bad thing! I think of it as if I’m preparing for the next day, and giving myself a head start for the morning. Eventually, I concluded that this was my version of a homemaker’s evening routine.
Whether you’re a homemaker with or without kids, living by yourself or with a roommate, or it’s just you and your hubby, these tips are sure to help you out with the basic tasks. Here’s what I do as my evening routine every day, and suggestions for what you can do to make the next day easier!
Homemaker’s Evening Routine: 4 Easy Tasks
That Will Help You Prepare for the Next Day
Have the Dishwasher Loaded and Going
The first thing to do as part of your evening routine, is to put all the dishes used throughout the day into the dishwasher. Before bed, make sure to turn it on for the cycle to be finished by morning. This way, it will be ready to be unloaded, and you will have clean dishes to use the next day. Repeating this process every evening and so on eventually becomes a habit, and has become quite helpful. You no longer have to wake up the next day knowing you have dirty dishes to take care of.
As mentioned above about the dishes, do the same for laundry. Dirty clothes into the wash, the clean wash into the dryer, and the finished load into the basket. By then, all the laundry will all be ready for ironing later in the day (or week). It doesn’t make too much of a difference if you were to do laundry during the day. However, it is a welcoming thought knowing that you’re a little ahead when it comes to laundry. It’s so lovely not to have to be waiting around for the load to be completed.
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Now, whether you are working and packing lunch for yourself (or for your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or kids), I recommend doing so the night before. It will save you quite a bit of time in the morning. You are also not waking up knowing you still have to pack lunch, not something everyone wants to do first thing in the morning. If it is for yourself, most of the time you decide to buy food instead (trust me, been there many times myself). Not only is it the least healthy option, but also you are spending money. Also, if you prepare lunch the night before, you can take those extra 10 minutes and sleep in for a little longer! Who doesn’t like to get some extra sleep, am I right?
Tidy Up Around the House
By tidy up, I mean take an extra 5-10 minutes before bed to do a few extra little tasks. Wipe down the kitchen counters; hand wash any pots and pans used to make dinner; fold up the throw blankets on the couch; clear the bathroom counter, etc. I personally like to wake up in the morning knowing my house is somewhat tidy and organized, and I’m sure any other homemaker agrees. It’s so much better than getting up in the morning, and the first thing you see is a mess.
Doing these few things the night before takes maybe a total of 15-20 minutes at most. It helps if you tackle it all in one go without getting distracted. I do this almost every evening, and it has pretty much become a habit (one I am happy to have obtained). I love waking up in the morning to a clean home. And this also gives me more time to run errands, work on my blog, or even visit some friends or family. I hope this post gave you some inspiration on creating your own evening routine and making your morning routine a little easier.