I was reading this older post about how Laura Ingalls’ mother had a homemaking task for each day of the week and it reminded me that I do the same thing, so I thought I would share mine. I’ve mentioned before in this post how shining my sink lead me to have an evening schedule, which ended up helping our mornings run much smoother. While Fly Lady has an area of the house (or zones as she calls them) that last for up to a week each, I found that with animals and a smaller house, a week was just overkill. Therefore, I decided to schedule an area or certain activities for each day of the week.
Do you have an evening routine?
Personally, I would be utterly lost without one. Nothing, and I mean nothing would get done, and everyone would be late for work, school, or wherever else we were going. And I hate to admit it, but that happened over and over again until I came across a site called Fly Lady.
Fly Lady is a great site that starts you off with shining your sink and then all else falls in line behind it. I know it sounds crazy, I thought it was crazy myself, because why would shining my kitchen sink make the next day run smoother? But hey, my life was a crazy mess with no routine and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try, so I did.
And surprise of all surprises, it worked! I mean it really worked! Now it didn’t happen all over night, but I finally got to where I had a routine and we were not running late all of the time or running around like weirdos trying to get caught up on things.
And all of this started with going to bed each night with a shining kitchen sink. For when I get up in the morning there are no longer any dirty dishes piled up waiting for me and causing me stress. Therefore, I can actually prepare breakfast and pack lunches immediately instead of having to clean first and then make them. This keeps me from being a grouch.
Then after shining the sink became a habit, I started preparing for the next day the night before. I began helping everyone pick out their clothes and get their things together all in one place ready to go in the morning, and slowly an evening routine was born. We even started going to bed at a set time! I never thought that would happen.
So do you have an evening routine? If so, I’d love to hear about it.