My Evening Routine

I love reading about other people's routines and day to day lives. I always end up picking up extremely useful tips or just find a more efficient way of doing something. I work during the day, so I decided to focus on my evening routine which starts when I get off of work and pick up my daughter from school. This is just a rough guide because sometimes we have a practice, class, or event to go to and then that changes things big time. So, here's how things usually go each night:

» getting home

- Waves always changes clothes and washes hands first thing when we get home.

- Put a load of clothes in the washing machine - on quick wash always

- If dishwasher has clean dishes in it, I put those away so it will be empty and then I can load dirty dishes as I cook dinner rather than have them in the sink or all over the counters.

- Go through Waves backpack and take out papers (so many papers!), sign anything I need to, take out any leftovers from snack time, wash snack bag - I use these reusable snack bags and they are awesome! We've been using them for over six months now and they've held up perfectly. They are not leak proof but I'll put things like cantaloupe or cucumbers in there and it's fine. I wash the bags on the top rack in the dishwasher and then let them air dry, btw.

If I do something like crackers or raspberries that can break or get squished, I use one of my ECOlunchbox snack containers. The lid is easy to get off (Waves had no problem with them even in preschool when she was 3 years old), they don't leak, and are plastic free.

- If I packed her lunch that day, I empty out her lunchbox - we use this Yumbox and love it - and put it in the dishwasher.

- Ask Waves to tidy up any toys in the living room and her room before she can watch a tv show. We bought this tv stand from Ikea around 4 years ago and love it. Waves gets one of big drawers to put toys in so it makes clean up really easy and holds a ton of stuff. I like it much better than having a toy box or those cloth bins hanging out in the living room.

» 5pm // cooking dinner + misc. chores

- Move washed clothes over to the dryer.

- Put a load of towels (if there are enough dirty ones for a load) in on regular, hot wash - I always make sure my last load of laundry is towels because if I get too tired or forget to take them out of the dryer it won't matter if they wrinkle. That's my lazy person tip of the day 😜

- Start prepping dinner. I set up my laptop on the counter and either watch a tv show or listen to Spotify while I cook. Waves colors or plays in the kitchen and goes back and forth with helping me make dinner.

» 7:00pm // kid bedtime routine

- Bath, pjs, brush teeth, brush and braid hair, then she plays until bedtime around 8pm. I clean up the bathroom while she's in the tub - wipe down everything, clean mirror and toilet, etc.

- After that, my husband will read and/or do a math lesson on Khan Academy with Waves while I..

- Pack her snack and lunch for school, fill up her water bottle, and pack her backpack

- Get my lunch for the next day ready, although lately I've just been taking a frozen burrito with me to work since we have a fridge and microwave. Then I get my backpack ready to go for the next day (headphones, extra phone charger, emergency protein bar, wallet)

- Put towels in the dryer

- Fold/hang up clothes while watching something. My favorites right now are grocery haul videos 😜  Amber's channel is my favorite for that at the moment. Let me know any recommendations you have!

» 9:00pm // winding down

- Go over my planner - see what is going on the next day and the rest of the week, update to-do list, write down my work schedule for the week
- Tidy up the kitchen, run the dishwasher

- Wash face, spray on some rose water toner that I got at Trader Joe's, and use this argan oil as a nighttime moisturizer. I use this orange + clove lotion for everything else.

- And usually play around on my phone or laptop for too long and go to bed while drinking some hot tea - peppermint and this elderberry + tulsi one are my favorites. I'm working on doing better with winding down 😬

The evening always seems like such a blur since there's so much to do. I try to get as much done as I can right when I walk in the door just to get it out of the way so we can all relax together later. I'd love to hear any tips you have for making your evenings run smoother.

Hope you're having a great Monday so far!

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