Today I thought I would share with everyone what I do in the evenings once Isabelle has gone to bed. Having a routine for each part of your day, that tends to be repeated daily, helps for those parts of the day to go much smoother and quicker. Giving you more time for the things that are really important. Such as spending time with your family, or spending time on yourself, be it a bath or shower, or reading a book or even just having a bit of relaxing time.
This is a standard kind of routine that I do (although I usually do 1 load of washing a day, which I separate when the baskets are full, into 3 or 4 piles – so 1 pile a day) and then on the weekend I will do a bigger deeper clean as it is just me on my own whilst Isabelle is at her dads.
I actually don’t enjoy cleaning, so I do everything I can to make sure that there is less for me to do at any one time. This means cleaning and tidying as much as I can as I go along throughout the day, so that in the evening there is only a few things left for us to do. I also try to find short cuts where ever possible so that the jobs are made easier and quicker so I can out my energy and time into the things that really matter. Like spending my time with Isabelle and looking after my mental health.
Here’s What I Do In An Evening
Put The Washing On
Once Isabelle is asleep, the first thing I do is bring down any washing that needs to be done. This time I had a weeks worth of washing to sort through, but usually it will be just one of the layers I have created in the washing basket, to keep colours etc separate.
My Sections are:
- Hand Knitted, or Woollen Clothing
- Whites and pastels
- Blacks/ Darks (including red)
- Bulk items such as bedding and towels
I try to do all my washing within 2 days however sometimes it can take a bit longer depending on drying time for items, as we don’t have a tumble dryer and the weather in England is usually cold and wet some items of clothing can take a couple of days to dry (even when on a radiator!).
Fill and Empty Dishwasher
This is a given. To keep a tidy and clean kitchen, making sure all surfaces are empty is really important. I leave out the larger appliances and there are a few designated items that remain on the surfaces at all times (like my kettle, bread bin and toaster) as we don’t have a lot of storage in the kitchen.
I empty out the dishwasher of the clean items (it tends to go on twice a day), and then I will fill it up with the things we used for dinner. Sometimes there will be other things to put in as well, such as when we do baking.
This sort of happens at the same time of me doing the dishwasher.
I will put all rubbish in the bin, and wipe down the surfaces with anti-bac and a damp cloth, followed by a clean towel to dry the surfaces.
Again, as I said above, a clean surface area makes the whole room seem much tidier and more put together.
Tackle the Living Room/ Playroom
This is the area in which I have to relax in the evening (without going to bed), so I will put all remaining toys away in their rightful places and tidy up any items which are not where they should be, like blankets and cushions.
This makes the living room have an instant “adult” feel to it, rather than the overwhelming feeling that it has been taken over by children. The cleaning of the living room will also include a quick hoover of the floor so that there are no crumbs being trodden and smeared into the carpet and rug, as there is nothing worse than standing on crumbs when you are bare foot (like we are in the morning).
Doing these simple things in the evening helps to get the house ready for the morning, and gives me a space to relax in before I go to bed. The time I have after before I go to bed is where I will either watch a bit of the television, read a book or magazine or edit and write my blog and vlog.
The evening I filmed this I was doing some editing and writing, before watching my new favourite TV show Bridgerton.
Let me know what your evening routines are like. Is there anything you do the same or different?
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