September is the month we work on our Before Bed Routine. This is such a simple habit that makes our entire day run more smoothly. With just a few minutes each night, we can ensure that our mornings are happier and smoother. Check out FlyLady’s very own Before-Bed Routine below.
“This is the most important routine of your whole day. It helps your morning start off on a less stressed foot.” – FlyLady
Keeping up with your routines is so much easier when you have them written down; that’s what a control journal is for! FlyLady designed a control journal you can fill in with your routines. You can purchase your own control journal from The FlyShop.
Here are the habits we have covered so far in 2013. Remember to reinforce these habits while completing your new one:
- January – Shining Your Sink
- February – Decluttering for 15 minutes a day
- March – Getting dressed to shoes
- April – Making the bed
- May – Moving
- June – Drinking water
- July – Swish and swipe
- August – Laundry
Don’t forget to keep up with the habits you created in 2012. View our 2012 habit archive.
Let’s Walk Through FlyLady’s Before-Bed Routine
So many of you are having a problem with your before bed routine. The complaints range from:
- I am too tired.
- My list is too long.
- My DH wants me to come to bed.
- The kids won’t let me.
- It takes too long to do everything on my list.
- I don’t have time.
You name it I have heard it. Well as you all know, I feel that this routine is more important than the morning one. You can do this.
As for me, my before bed routine is automatic. I do it and don’t even realize I am making plans for a good morning.
Here is what happens. As soon as we are through with supper, I make sure the kitchen is clean. I don’t wait until just before bed to do this. This is half the battle. A clean kitchen is the jewel in your crown and going to bed with it sparkling will bless you in the morning. Most of the time, the kitchen is clean by 7:30 pm and if needed, I run the dishwasher either right then or before bed. If I run it immediately, I unload it before I go to bed, so I don’t have to do it in the morning. I love having an empty dishwasher all the time.
Next, I usually take a bubble bath. This relaxes me. I am not tied to the TV or the computer. As I am running the water for my bath, I undress, (you have to do this to take a bath LOL) this is my cue to lay out my clothes for tomorrow. Do you see how this is working? In order to lay out my clothes for the next day, I need to know what I have on my calendar. So guess what, I have to check my appointments. One thing triggers another. It is very fast and automatic. I am doing this as the water runs into the tub. Also, it keeps me from getting sidetracked. I can’t wait to relax so I am doing this as fast as I can. It is all a game with me. So by 8:30 pm, I am bathed, relaxed, clothes are ready for tomorrow, (you have to be caught up on the laundry for this to work) and I have checked my calendar. Next thing is my free time.
I choose to answer your emails, watch TV, listen to music, read, or write. Sometimes we go to bed early. All that is left for me to do is pick up anything that I have left laying out. Hot Spot Fire prevention. So I visually check my coffee table, dining table, and the end of my kitchen counter. Since I do this twice a day or more times than that (I pick up after myself), there is not much to put away. We may have a glass to put in the kitchen, (I put in the DW or wash it so I don’t leave it in my clean sink.) that is about it. Then maybe put away a newspaper. I can then go to my bedroom. Turn down my bed, moisturize my face, and brush my teeth. Then I am ready to crawl into the bed. At this point I do my prayers, meditation, and my gratitude journal. Then I get to snuggle in for the evening with my sweetie.
You see, my before bed routine starts way before my bedtime. You can do this too. It is just a matter of keeping the whole process in the back of your mind and doing it one step at a time. Each step leads you to the next one and before you know it, your routine has been done and you haven’t looked at your list.
I want you to FLY, this routine gets your morning started on the right foot!
Testimonial: Routines on the Road
Dear FlyLady and Precious Crew,
I’m generally on the road living in a hotel 5 days a week. As I was sitting on my bed just now reading your emails about the before bed routine and the morning routine I thought to myself that I wished I was home so I could actually do these things.
Then I looked up and had to laugh… all my clothes were laid out on the chair for the next day… my coffee was made, I just have to flip the switch in the morning… my coffee mug was sitting here with the sweetener and creamers sitting beside it…my vitamins and medicine were sitting beside my charging cell phones ready to go.
When that alarm goes off at 5am… I’m good!
FlyLady, you continuously rock my world!
Thank you and bless you for all you and your crew does for all of us! Please don’t ever leave us!!
A Virginia FlyBaby
FlyLady here: Our habit for the month is the before bed routine. Even if you are away from home, you can still do your before bed routine. The morning is so much easier when you do a few things the night before.