Homemaker’s Evening Routine: 4 Easy Tasks That Will Help You Prepare for the Next Day

Homemaker's Evening Routine: 4 Easy Tasks That Will Help You Prepare for the Next Day

I am the type of person that feels more productive in the evening than during the day. Anyone else 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, laundry – sometimes cleaning, organizing, and even blogging – late at night.

It’s not like I don’t do anything during the day. It just so happens that I get this burst of energy in the evening and decide to use it towards housework. And I do not see this as a bad thing! I think of it as if I am preparing for the next day, giving myself a head start.

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 in preparing for the next day.

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.

Repeating this process every evening and so on until it became a habit, and has become quite helpful. I no longer have to wake up the next day knowing there are dirty dishes to be taken care of.

Laundry Cycle

As mentioned above about the dishes, do the same for laundry. Dirty clothes into the wash, the clean items into the dryer, and the finished load into the basket. By then, all the laundry will 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.

Prepare Lunch 

Whether you are working and packing lunch for yourself (or for your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or children), 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 have to make food and get yourself organized, 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 you are also spending money.l

And hey, 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.

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.

Homemaker's Evening Routine: 4 Easy Tasks That Will Help You Prepare for the Next Day

Photo Credit:
Mikael Cho|huyen.

  • Lisa


    I couldn’t agree with you anymore! Well besides the fact that I’m not a super night owl but I do the same things just a little earlier in the day and it’s a huge life saver! The feeling of accomplishing small things that add up to big things is great!

    • Nikki

      Haha! Yeah, I’m getting better at the night owl thing, but yes, huge life saver for sure! Thanks for the comment!

  • Kat


    Great tips. Yeah my mornings seem to be a lot better when I’ve prepped the night before. Waking up to a sink full of dishes from the night before just gets the day of to a bad start.

    • Nikki

      Yeah, it is not fun when that’s the first thing you see in the morning. Thank you for your comment!

  • Jubilee D Meyer


    So smart!! I always clean the whole house before bed, there is nothing like waking up to a peaceful and clean house

  • Heather


    I have a ritual every night where I make my to-do list for the next day. It helps me start each day feeling in control!

  • Alexandria


    I completely agree! It does change for me from time to time, but mostly in the evening I like to start tidying up!

  • Nailil


    These are all great tips. I stay home with my little one and find that prepping the day before always makes the next day a bit easier.

  • Shelley


    I am a night owl too and get so much more done than in the mornings. I have my husband put his dirty laundry in the washer so I can just turn it on in the morning. I also will put the dishwasher through if it’s full — great tips.

  • Jenna


    Awesome ideas! Going to bed and waking up to a clean house really sets up your day for awesomeness!

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