Last month, I shared my morning routine with you. Doing all those things help me make a great start to my day, despite the fact that I am not a morning person. Of course I could not do it easily if I don’t prepare some things the night before. Enter my night routine.
The first thing we do after loading the dishwasher is to find our loungeroom floor. Throughout the day, this room often looks like a massive storm has been. Toys strewn about, balls lined up from the lounge to the kitchen, bits of food on the pristine (not!) carpets, books scattered everywhere. My mind craves a sense of order after hours of chaos, and this is where it begins. We pick up the plastic building blocks and zip the bag closed, put the books back on their respective shelves, balls in the toy box, and run the broom or vacuum cleaner across. My obsessive-compulsive nature derives great satisfaction from fluffling up the throw pillows and arranging them neatly on top of the lounge.
Get the uniforms and bags ready.
From a young age, we were taught to prepare our school uniforms the night before. We made sure all pieces of clothing we need were in hangers, the small items tucked neatly, and the whole thing placed in front of our wardrobe or hung up on the back of a chair. Bags were readied; shoes polished. Our morning alarm went off at 6 am and that leaves us very little time to eat, shower and get dressed before the school bus arrived at around 6:30 am. I tell you, it was mayhem every time we woke. I pity my poor mother who had to deal with our mess afterward.
Nowadays, we tend to do the same, even for those who do not need to go to school. I still get my clothes ready at night and hang them in a rack near the bedroom door. My bag stays by my side of the bed, ready to go in under five minutes.
Put the kettle on.
While the dishwasher is still humming, I fill the kettle to the brim and light the stove. We like to have hot water in the Thermos all day, so it is usually refilled after dinner and before breakfast. As I wait for the water to boil, I inspect all our jars and refill empty ones from the pantry. The jug of drinking water is washed and refilled as well. When the dishwasher beeps, the dishes and cutlery are stowed away, clean and ready to be used again.
As bedtime nears, we go around the house to check that all doors and shades are closed , the curtains drawn, the pet fish fed. If the kids are hungry, I usually whip up a snack (their all-time favourite is mac and cheese). While doing this, I think about what’s for breakfast the next day… Pancakes, you say? Well then, let mummy get the batter mixed and ready to go in the fridge for tomorrow’s breakfast.
What about you? Have you got a nighttime routine, too?