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Welcome to Mission #20 of our 52 Get Organized Missions.
One of the best things you can do to feel organized throughout your day is to prepare well the night before. So in this mission we’ll create your personal Organized Life Bedtime Routine.
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5 thoughts on “Mission 20: Create Your ‘Organized Life Bedtime Routine’”
Our group responses are as follows: We make a list of what we need to do each night:
15 minutes before you go to bed return items you used that day to their proper location
Relax by reading or meditating or listening to music 30 minutes before you go to bed
Wash your face and put night moisturizer on
Lay your clothes out you are wearing the next day including shoes and accessories
If you are a coffee drinker have your coffee maker ready and timed to come on the next morning at 6 AM if you live in a bug free environment
Organize our bedroom before getting into bed
Determine the size of your bedroom to determine the right size of furniture you need.
Wish list: More closet space; more organizer spacers; we suggest adding metal cabinet for hanging extra clothes and extra shoes.
• We would also do the following: Do an express tidy and put away books, remotes, toys, etc
• Give surfaces a quick wipe-down in kitchen and bathroom. Be sure you clean your kitchen after each meal.
• Use a hand-vac to get rid of crumbs around food areas
• Put dirty clothes and linen in the laundry hamper
• Put clean clothes back in the closet
Load and turn on the dishwasher
• Check supplies of milk, cereal, etc
• Check your to do list or calendar to see if you have appointments that day
• Pack your briefcase, satchel or purse
• Set the alarm, allowing enough time to get ready and to be on time without having to rush
Brush and floss your teeth, wash your face, and do whatever else you need to do before popping into bed.
Great tips, I especially like the hand-held vac for minor crumbs and checking milk/cereal supplies. There’s nothing like a bad start to the day when there’s no milk in the morning! Thanks to the group 🙂
I have been trying to think about why I don’t do this regularly each night. I think it is down to having a “bedtime” routine that is too ambitious for last thing before bed. Inevitably what happens is that I think “OK..bed” and by then I am too tired to face the bedtime routine I had devised previously. So I have had a rethink.
Now I have a bedtime routine that is truly about the last minute things around the house and preparing myself for bed. Then I have a separate early evening routine that I do as soon as I am in from work (before I even think of sofa surfing).
The early evening routine is about mail, preparing clothes, tomorrows agenda etc. and getting the daily upstairs chores done. Then making sure the laundry and downstairs chores are done before dinner. That way after dinner I can just get the dishes done before I can sofa surf/hobbies/relax. Then before going up to bed I only have to do the absolutely necessary last minute tidy away and bedtime routine. I am hoping that means that I get more done and prepared in the evenings. Let’s give that a try and see…
My evening routine is in four steps – some will be done before dinner, some after, depending on our family’s evening plans:
Prep for tomorrow: clothes – diary – to do list
Tidy: pick up – sweep
Laundry: put away clean – sort dirty – set next load
Kitchen: dishwasher – check milk and tomorrows dinner – wipe
I do it in this order as a priority listing.
I have made a re-occuring task for each job I need to do each evening for this routine. I have still to time myself and I have probably over thought this but his to a more stress free start to the day in the mornings! I suspect the crucial stage is still to come – making it a habit!