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Create An Evening Routine To Make Tomorrow Better

Today's mission is to create an evening routine for yourself, as well as for other members of your household. To help you with this task I've created a free printable chart that you can fill out, plus provided a list of ideas and suggestions for tasks you could include in these routines.

Here's how to create an evening routine for yourself that will set you up to have a better, smoother running tomorrow {includes free printable evening routine chart} {a #Declutter 365 mission on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

This mission is designed to be done while we work on the Create A Morning & Evening Routine Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Having a set routine for what you do in the evening can be especially helpful because by the end of the day you're tired. Therefore, getting into the habit of doing certain tasks regularly and habitually it makes it easier to streamline and not have to think about each task as hard, but instead to just get it done.

When you're focused on making an evening routine ideally you want this list of tasks and activities to do the following things for you: (1) allow you to finish up tasks you started earlier in the day around your home so they're complete; (2) get a jump start on the next day by preparing some ahead of time, making your mornings, and really your whole day tomorrow run smoother in the process; and (3) get yourself relaxed and ready for bed at a decent hour so you can be rested enough for the next day.

Suggestions and ideas for evening routine tasks you can do to set yourself up for a better tomorrow by preparing the night before {plus includes a free printable evening routine chart to fill out, courtesy of Home Storage Solutions 101} #EveningRoutine #BedtimeRoutine #OrganizedLifeuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

What that means, in practice, is that you will likely have two phases of your evening routine. The first will focus on tasks for yourself and your household, finishing up chores or getting things ready for tomorrow. (You can check out what I consider to be 7 essential tasks to do the night before, to prepare for a good tomorrow.)

The next phase is something some people call a before bedtime routine, but that I personally have grouped as part of your evening routine.

That before bed part of the routine is where you get personal care tasks done, plus relax and get yourself ready for a good night's sleep. You really do need a bit of time between getting tasks done for the next day and closing your eyes for lights out, so you're relaxed enough for sleep.

Suggestions & Ideas For Evening Routine Tasks

It is up to you to decide what you will include in your evening routine, so although below I've made some suggestions and provided ideas, you should not take them as mandatory. Only fit in as many tasks as you can reasonably get done and still get to bed at a decent hour, and so you don't feel overwhelmed or discouraged when you don't get them all done.

When working on your evening routine, also consider what you put in your morning routine chart from yesterday's mission. These two sets of tasks should complement one another to make sure, over the course of the day, all the things you feel are priorities are getting accomplished.

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Here's Your Free Printable Evening Routine Chart

Below is a free printable I've created that you can use for this mission, if you'd like.

To get this printable either click on the image of the printable or on the link below it which says "click here for your free printable" and it will open for you into a new window as a PDF.

A Few Explanations Of The Chart, Plus How To Use It

Getting enough sleep is vital to your good health, but it is also important for getting and keeping your home organized and running smoothly. So when you're filling out this chart I suggest the first question to ask yourself is when do you want to get to bed, to make sure you get enough rest?

Once you've decided on a reasonable bedtime I suggest filling out the form backwards, meaning start with your bedtime, then fill out how much time you want to relax and unwind without doing tasks before that bedtime, and then list the times for each task in your evening routine in reverse chronological order. This will help you figure out what time you'll need to start this routine to actually get everything done and still get your rest.

Filling out the form in reverse will also help you see if you have too much planned for your evening routine. You need to be realistic about what you can accomplish after a long day!

When you're first trying to get in the habit of doing your evening routine you may find it easiest to have this printed out, and placed in a page protector sheet. Then, you can use a dry erase marker to check off each item as you do it until it becomes second nature.

Once you've gotten used to the routine it can still be helpful to place the routine chart in a visible location to help remind you of what tasks need to get accomplished and to keep you on track as needed.

Free #printable evening routine chart to help you finish your daily tasks, get ready for the next day, and get yourself ready for bed {courtesy of Home Storage Solutions 101} #EveningRoutine #EveningRoutineChart
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Declutter 365 missions: 15 minute missions for your entire home

Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.

The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!

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In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.

If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!

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I've done the hard work of breaking down these tasks into smaller more manageable steps for you, so you don't get overwhelmed or worry you're forgetting a task, and you can go at the pace you want, whether that's fast or slow.

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Additional Printables You May Find Helpful

Here are additional free forms and templates on the site you may enjoy:

morning routine chart
Morning Routine Chart
printable to do list
To Do List
printable daily agenda
Daily Agenda & Goal Tracker

Want More Help? Recommended Evening Routine Course

Do you want more help, or to dive more deeply into the topic of developing an evening routine? If so, then I recommend the course below from my friend Crystal Paine, from Money Saving Mom.

(Please note, I'm an affiliate for her courses, meaning if you purchase a course through my links I get a commission, at no additional cost to you.)

Make Over Your Evenings online course

Make Over Your Evenings is the sequel course to Make Over Your Mornings, and it helps you understand that a successful day begins the night before.

Find out how to set up a realistic, workable, and life-impacting evening routine in this 14-day course. It costs $17, and you can find out more about it at the link.

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