Last week we talked about your Morning Routine and how key it is to starting your day off on the right foot. Today, I’m diving into the evening routine: what I do, and why you should have a solid one.

My evening routine

Since my daughter goes to bed between 7:30-8:00, I start my evening routine then, too. I’ve actually found the best success breaking it up into two major chunks:

  1. House Care
  2. Self Care

Once my daughter is in bed, my husband and I tag team the downstairs. One of us picks up toys and puts them away while the other cleans up the kitchen and does the dinner dishes. After that, I like to throw a load of laundry in the washer when I think of it.

If it’s a night where one or the other of us aren’t home or otherwise available to tag-team, we solo tackle the toys and dishes. Bottom line is?

I need the toys picked up and the kitchen clean before I can settle for the evening, regardless of who does it.

The laundry is like a bonus. If we’re being honest with each other (which I hope we are), I almost never wash, dry, AND fold/put away a load in one day. It doesn’t feel like a huge chore for me though, if I put a load in the washer after my daughter goes to bed. I just move it over to the dryer just before I go to sleep and then take care of it the next day.

#confession

Sometimes I let my laundry sit in the dryer until I have another load that needs to go in there.

WHY is it so awful to fold and put laundry away? Anyone who has the answer for me gets a pretend bottle of champagne from yours, truly because I’m at a loss.

So that’s the house care portion of my evening routine. I do this because it helps clear my mind before bed – a few less things to think about as I fall asleep. But also, when I wake up to do my morning routine, having a living space that isn’t cluttered and dirty helps me get into the rhythm of the day as well.

After the house care is done, I usually have a couple of hours before I go to bed. This time is dedicated to spending time with my husband, or getting in some extra work depending on my schedule.

Bed-time for me starts around 10:00. Just like I suggest you wake up at the same time every day to have a successful morning routine, I also recommend going to bed at the same time.

I move the laundry over to the dryer, fill up a cup of water and head upstairs. My bed is made every morning, so my room feels nice to walk into at the end of the day. I use these babies to wipe makeup off of my face:

Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleansing Towlettes – they’re great for my super oily skin and smell SO good.

Once the makeup is off, I wash my face. Right now I’m using Biore Charcoal Cleanser which is again, for my oily skin.

I like it and it does a fine job, but I am in the market for a more natural cleanser that works well for oily skin. And I mean SUPER oily. It’s embarrassing. And gross. Any cleanser and/or moisturizer suggestions? I’m open to try anything.

After my face is clean, I moisturize with Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer.

I’m actually not super impressed with this. It’s works fine as a moisturizer I guess, but it smells like sunscreen (it’s SPF 30), and it is really off putting since I use it every day. Again. Suggestions. Please. I’m desperate.

After my face is done, I floss, brush, and rinse with mouthwash.

The last thing I do before I get into bed is write out my schedule for the next day. This gets me in the right frame of mind to tackle tomorrow. I of course use my Simplified Planner, but you can use any little ol’ thing that works for you.


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Now here is where I step aside and tell you to do as I say, not as I do.

I play Sudoku on my phone before I fall asleep. I need to just not use my phone after I get into bed, but it’s not a habit I’m ready to break yet if I’m being honest. Sounds like I need to practice my own self care tips and not do it. I’ll get there, I promise. Maybe we could keep each other accountable?


And what kind of tipster would I be if I didn’t provide you with a handy dandy infographic to go along with this post? Fear not, I shan’t disappoint! Please use this image to pin this post, if you’re into that sort of thing 😉

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So what are the benefits of a good evening routine?

  • Your house will be cleaner
  • Your mind will be clearer (or is it more clear?)
  • You’ll have healthy skin and teeth
  • You’ll be ready to take on the next day, especially when combined with your bitchin’ morning routine

Basically – by having a regular routine, you’re going to be awesome at life, or at least have the tools to be awesome if you choose 😉


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SO. Let’s dish about your evening routine. Comment below or hit me up on Instagram with yours, especially if you have any eccentric rituals!

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