Several posts back we talked about The Joy of a Morning Routine and how it can give a jump start to your day. My next favorite time of the day is the Peacefulness of an Evening Routine. This is another one that has become a routine and not something I need to check a list for but it helps me to rest well and wake up knowing I won’t have a missed appointment or a sink full of dishes to meet me first thing in the morning.
This is another credit to Flylady and I am just going to lay out my list as an example and give a brief explanation on why I like to do the things I do before bed.
To Do List for Tomorrow
What’s for Dinner Tomorrow?
Lay out clothes
Lotion hands & feet
Prayer time with hubby
This is the basic list and there are always additions and deletions depending on the evening – examples would be that we had late company or got home late then I may not complete all items but when we are home with a normal evening I pretty well stick to the list.
Tidy House – This is a 5-10 minute item. It is a quick pick up and deliver to proper place clean up. No vacuuming or dusting just a quick tidy of usually just the main level.
Shine Sink – After the dishes are done in the evening I scrub and wipe down the sink. this is a quick 3 minute task and I am thankful not to wake up to dirty dishes or a dirty sink.
Hot Spots – That area of clutter we talked about in the Joy of Morning Routine. It is usually my kitchen desk.
To Do List for Tomorrow – I just write out in my planner a to do list for tomorrow (pretty self explanatory).
What’s for Dinner? – Do I need to prepare or thaw anything for tomorrow?
Lay out Clothes – I didn’t used to do this but it has made my day so much easier. Sometimes I get up and shower before my husband and I am thankful I don’t need to be turning lights on or opening and closing dresser drawers. I believe my husband is thankful for this too.
Clean face/teeth/pj’s – Favorite part of the evening routine 🙂
Lotion on hands & feet – I so love this treat. I keep cotton gloves and socks and lotion on my nightstand so it makes it easy and this one I don’t forget too often.
Brush Hair – This sounds so old fashioned but I love the feeling of freshly brushed hair. I bought a Mason Pearson brush about 15 years ago and it is still a favorite.
Stretch – Age helps me to remember this one.
Prayer time with Hubby – I must correct myself that this one would be my favorite and most special part of the evening. It is truly the highlight of my day. I love my Dougie and there is not much better than snuggling up and praying together before bed.
Remember this is just an example of what works for me and your list may be totally different. As I am writing this we are visiting my married pregnant daughter in Norway and only parts of my evening routine will be part of the close of the day for us. It has been a joy to work with her and talk together about our routines and the differences between them. If there are three things I could encourage you to do from this list it would be the, to do list, dinner check for tomorrow and prayer.
Please share your thoughts on what your before bed routine looks like. Do you have one? Have you thought about starting one?