Imagine waking up to this clean kitchen, an organized sitting room, clothes ready, lunch and bag packed, everything in the right place. Is this amazing and possible? Yes, this would be possible if you have an evening routine.
An evening routine is a set of activities you perform every night before you go to bed. An evening routine is also called a bedtime routine or nighttime routine.
A good evening routine can help you have a successful morning routine. Planning the night before helps achieve more on the morning routine.
Have a look at a stay at home mom evening routine
I have been a stay-at-home mom for the last 10 years. My evening routine starts at 5 pm.
5 pm: I prepare dinner for the family, the children bathe, and we have dinner.
Family bedtime ritual
At 8 pm, the children go to sleep. My husband or I help put kids to sleep, read a book, or give a story to them.
Prepare the following day’s meal.
Before I sleep I make sure I have organized what to cook for the following day breakfast and lunch.
At this time you can take meat or boiled cereals out of the fridge to defrost.
Clean the kitchen
I am not talking about deep cleaning. Cleaning the kitchen means cleaning the dishes, wiping down counters, sweeping the floor, and storing leftovers.
Cleaning the kitchen takes less than 30 minutes.
Tidy up the sitting room
Once the kids are asleep, pick up the toys and keep them in the right place.
Make sure the things that are supposed to be on the shelf or drawers are back in. Things like bills, magazines, and TV remotes should not be on the table.
If it is a school-going day, I make sure the kids’ lunch is packed. The books are in the bags. In case I am planning to get out the following day, I pack my bag.
Set clothes for the next day
I make sure clothes and shoes for the following day are ready. The ones that require ironing, I iron them.
Check out the following day’s schedule.
Take 5 minutes to check your following schedule. When you wake up, you won’t walk around thinking about what to do.
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If you don’t have a schedule, buy a mom planner and make a habit of writing a list of things to do the following day.
I bathe and exercise in the morning and do the same thing in the evening. Simple self-care I practice every evening is working out for 10 minutes, brushing my teeth, and showering.
Create me time
Create some time for yourself before bedtime. During this time, you can read a bible or book, have time with your husband, exercise, watch a movie, or continue working on my blog until 10 pm.
Sometimes I can use this time to learn a new skill or just sit on the bed working on my hobby of crocheting or making mats. Find hobbies for stay-at-home moms.
Set tomorrow alarm
I set an alarm to help me wake up at the right time the following day.
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I start my day with prayers and I end my day with prayers.
I make sure I go to bed at 10 pm every day.
The evening routine makes your morning routine less stressful.
How do you end your day as a stay-at-home mom? Please share with us your stay-at-home mom’s evening routine.