I don’t know about you but I HATE waking up to a messy house. It just starts the day off on a bad foot. When you wake up to a clean mess free home it starts your morning off right. No tripping over things scattered on the floor, no dishes crowding your sink and no rushing to pack lunches in the morning. I am not a morning person by nature. I have always been a night owl… that is when I get the most stuff done and find myself to be the most productive. Since I hate mornings, I like to try and make things a bit easier on myself the following day by doing 5 simple things the night before.
DO THE DISHES
There is nothing worse than waking up to a sink full of dirty dishes. No one wants to maneuver around a sink full of dishes while trying to make breakfast. Every night before I go to bed I make sure I wash any dishes that need it and put away any dishes that are in our drying rack. Not only does this make my kitchen look clean and put together but it is nice to have one less thing to do come morning.
My husband takes his lunch to work most days of the week and I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to do at 7 a.m is pack his lunch. Every night, usually right after dinner or while dinner is cooking, I will pack his lunch. By packing his lunch the night before this frees up more time in the morning and I don’t feel like I am rushing around trying to make breakfast and pack a lunch at the same time.
PREP TOMORROWS DINNER
If there is one thing I hate it is dinner time rolling around and finding out I never took meat out of the freezer that I needed for that meal. How many times have I forgotten to pull out the chicken the night before so that it would be ready in time? Probably too many to count! One thing I do to ensure this doesn’t happen is prep tomorrows dinner the night before. This means taking out items that need to be defrosted, perhaps prepping an item in a marinade, etc. By doing this every night before bed, I never have to worry that the items I need for tomorrows dinner won’t be ready.
WIPE DOWN THE COUNTERS
This goes back to hating waking up to a messy kitchen. Plus, depending on what I cooked the night before I don’t want all of that bacteria just sitting on my counters. Every night before bed I wipe down all of my counters in the kitchen. Not only does this clean my kitchen from crumbs but it ensures I have a clean surface to cook on the following morning.
PUT THINGS BACK IN THEIR PLACE
This is a big one for me! I keep mentioning that I hate going to bed with a messy house and I hate waking up to one. I don’t go crazy the night before but I do like to pick things up and put them back in their place. I try to do this throughout the day anyways so our house is never in that bad of a shape come night time. But, I do take a quick run through our house and straighten things up. Usually this means folding our sofa blanket, putting pillows back on the sofa, clearing my desk off, picking up dog toys, etc. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to do this and it makes such a difference knowing I am going to sleep with a clean house.
Is there anything you do every night before bed? Do you have a night time routine? I would love to hear from you!
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