Friday, January 15, 2010

Flylady Fridays - Evening Routines

If you're just joining us, read more about Flylady Fridays here.

This week we're sharing our Evening Routines!

But, first I wanted to show you the difference 15 minutes really can make in your home! Last week I had a really hard day with the babes and NOTHING got done around here. Then DH requested some cookies and I decided that would be a great way to end a very hectic day. My kitchen was already a wreck so why not?! After I got done with my chocolate chip pecan cookies my kitchen looked like this:

That's just one side, trust me the other side was a wreck too! So, I thought - Hey! This is the perfect opportunity to see what I can do in 15 minutes. So, I set my timer for 15 minutes (I really did!) and ended up with this:

In 15 minutes, I managed to load the dishwasher, wipe down the counters and stove top, and get started on washing baby bottles! Not bad for a quick clean up right? So, the next time that your kitchen seems like an overwhelming mess - don't stress. Set your timer and get it done!

Ok, here's my Evening Routine (starts about 4:30/5:00pm if I'm cooking):
  • Get dinner started (cooking takes a long time when you're trying to take care of two little ones at the same time!)
  • Feed the babes.
  • Do quick clean up of the kitchen and living area before Hubby comes home.
  • 5:30-6pm: Hubby is home! Yes, sweet relief! Pass off one of the kids and try to finish cooking dinner.
  • ~6:30pm Eat dinner.
  • Bath and bedtime for the babes (big girl by 8pm, baby girl - we're still working on a regular schedule).
  • Clean up kitchen and make that sink shine for the next morning!
  • Whew! Breathe and relax with Hubby, and get ready for bed.
  • 11pm - Another baby bottle
  • Bed for one exhausted Momma!

Don't forget to link up below and share what's going on in your home! Have a happy Friday everyone!

Next Week: Share your Hot Spots! Is there a place in your house where keys, mail, and "stuff" gets dumped throughout the day? How do you keep it organized and deal with all of that "stuff"?


  1. gosh your nighttime is almost like mine!
    4:00 ish cooking dinner
    4:45 pick up house and freshen up
    5:15 hubs home
    5:20 dinner on table...
    i feed everyone and feed baby...then i eat
    6pm clean kitchen
    7pm send big kids off for bath and bathe little one
    after that i make the lunches for the next day for school kids
    8:30 mini me off to bed....8:45 2nd kid....9pm baby and oldest go to bed...
    then hubby and i have some couple time! woohoo
    which all starts over again at 6:30 am ;o)

  2. You are amazing my friend! ~WOW! Your kitchen is so pretty and your really can speed clean. Love it!

    Thank you very much for your kind words today about my weight loss and healthy life. It means the world to me.

    The foods we eat are super healthy steamed veggies. Lots and lots of fresh salads. Chicken, fish, steak and shrimp all cooked on the Foreman grill. All fruits and nuts are good and good for you. Tons of water and hot tea. Do eat a good breakfast and a smaller dinner if you can.

    Exercise as much as you can as well. Pretty much any food is okay in moderation except for refined sugar.

    I can't believe how much better I feel. Let me know how you are doing okay!

    Have a great weekend! ~Melissa :)

  3. wow girl- you can speed clean that Kitchen like nobody's business! Looks like the mr.linky is closed - I am so sorry I didn't get to join this week. I wrote the post but forgot to schedule it to post on Friday. I am still loving the Flylady ... I must confess I took this morning off and I am paying for it.I am going to post my routine today so let me know if you reopen the mr.linky and I will add it. Hope you had a great weekend. Blessings

  4. I am so inspired by what you showed can be done in 15 minutes! Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by chores that my husband feels obligated to do them. While I love his help, I want to do for him, not the other way around. The next time it looks insurmountable, I will remember what I can do in 15 minutes!