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I’ve read a fair amount on the importance of morning and before-bed routines, and have been slowly creating versions of them that work for me.
But frankly, the evening part has been a struggle. It seems I always have just enough energy and drive do complete tasks for self-care or house-care, but rarely both. Or if I do both, I’m wide awake again by the time I hit the bed.
This week, I had a brand new epiphany that I couldn’t wait to share with you! I’ve documented it pretty well over the years that my natural state is a bit messy, but that I know I’m a more productive and pleasant person when everything is neat and clean.
Why have I never thought to create a simple after-dinner routine?
Now, the house gets some love for about 15 minutes right after dinner. The key is doing this BEFORE we plop down on the couch to relax with a book or some TV.
To figure out my priorities and keep this routine manageable, I wanted to specifically focus on tasks that made the morning easier or just more pleasant.
There are plenty of other things I COULD do, but I know that the kitchen/pantry, master bathroom/vanity, and office tidiness have the biggest impact on the start of my days AND happen to be the best spots to reduce daily germs. Win-win!
Your routine will be a bit different based on your household members and needs, but I think this is the perfect time to get everyone involved. There are plenty of things kids can do to make their (and YOUR) mornings easier as well, so start those good habits now!
Corey’s pretty awesome at tackling the dishes after dinner, so while he does that, I now knock out the following list.
Step 1: Office Restoration
It’s disturbing how fast the office gets cluttered and I default to working somewhere other than the office.
Some days I just need a change of scenery to focus, but my goal is to always have the option to start working in a clean office.
If I check it every evening, put away things as needed, and wipe down the desk surface, I know I can start each workday feeling more professional and focused.
I found a new Lysol® Daily Cleanser Spray in the home cleaning aisle at Target that is perfect for my new routine!
The Lysol Daily Cleanser Spray kills 99.9% of germs on surfaces without leaving behind harsh chemical residues. I love that it’s made of only three simple ingredients and without ammonia, fragrances or dyes!
Step 2: Bathroom Vanity
This is another topic and area for self-improvement, but I’m usually rushing when I’m getting myself ready. I tend to have just enough time to not be late, which means abandoning hair brushes, pajamas, the blow dryer, etc. on the counter and flying out the door.
For example, here’s what it looked like today, which is sadly a good to average appearance.
I set a timer on Alexa for TWO minutes and managed to have it cleaned up, wiped down, AND even posed for some pictures.
It’s seriously horrifying that I’ve been stressed walking into the messy bathroom for YEARS when I could have been fixing it in under 2 minutes a day after dinner. TWO MINUTES!
If you’re not a fan of sprays, or just like to have some other options when cleaning, there are also wipes available in the same new Lysol Daily Cleanser line.
The wipes have all the same benefits – no ammonia, fragrances, dyes, or harsh chemical residues left behind. To use, simply wipe surface and let dry. Repeat for stubborn stains. Unlike other wipes, no rinse step is required!
Both the wipes and the spray are safe for use on counters, cutting boards, high-chairs, and toys, so keep that in mind as you make your own routine.
Step 3: Makeup Vanity
The new organizers I got a few months ago are working WONDERS. Even when I’m rushing, I usually put ALMOST everything back as I go.
Of course, me being me, there’s always a few random items left out. Like ONE sock?!?!
The other issue is that with things staying neater than before, I can see how dirty the white vanity top gets from makeup. Ick!
Taking a moment to wipe it down after dinner and make sure everything is put away takes 1-2 minutes max. Totally worth the investment to get ready each day at a clean, organized spot!
Step 4: Coffee Prep & Pantry Wipe Down
More than once, I’ve gotten in bed and realized I didn’t set up the coffee for the morning.
I’m NOT a morning person, so having the water and coffee ready and only pushing one button to get it brewing is essential.
Step 5: Back to the Kitchen
By the time I’ve done the quick cleanup of the other areas, Corey is done with the dishes and I can clean up the counters and stove.
I can’t even explain how happy I am to wake up to all these clear and clean surfaces. Having the routine for tackling them daily also means things can’t get TOO out of control. “Normal” housekeeping is quicker because key areas are already clean.
As if that wasn’t enough benefit, the wonderful domino effect of this new routine is that the time right before bed is now reserved only for a bit of relaxing self-care – brushing my teeth, washing my face, and applying a cream to slow down the wrinkles. Maybe even a spray of lavender on the pillow!
If you want to try out the new Lysol Daily Cleanser spray or wipes I’ve been using, there are a couple of deals coming up at Target.
From May 26th – June 2nd, 2018, you’ll find a Buy One Get One 20% off in-store discount on Cartwheel. Side note, if you don’t use the Target app to get the Cartwheel offers, you’re missing out. As of today, we’ve saved $307.46 since we started using it.
Now that you’ve seen what I’ve prioritized and how much cleaner and tidier my house is every morning, what short list of things do you think you could tackle after dinner for 10-15 minutes?
Let me know in the comments below!
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In 2018 & 2019, Melissa was named as a Style Maker by Better Homes & Gardens. In 2019, Polished Habitat was shortlisted for the Amara Blog Awards Best Interior Styling Blog - International.