Kitchen: Night Routine. Wake Up. Repeat.

Julie Miguel is a digital content producer with a specialization in food media as well as an active food blogger located in Toronto, Canada. The focus of her blog, Daily Tiramisu, is to empower home cooks to be fearless in the kitchen and she does this by taking traditionally difficult recipes and making them easier to execute.

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Start your days off right and do these simple and quick tasks to make your wake-up routine as smooth as butter!  Write these up on a board and tick them off every evening to make sure you don’t forget anything.

I am giving you my personal guarantee that your stress levels will plummet and you will sleep like a baby knowing that your kitchen is ready to go for the next day!  And, bonus, you will have more time to speak to your partner and/or kids without having your to-do list in the forefront of your mind.

Ideally, most of these things would be done immediately after dinner but with partners and kids wanting our attention – it’s best to do them after everyone is down for the night.

Things to Do in the Kitchen Before You Go to Bed:

1. Wash and put away the dishes, wipe the counters, start the dishwasher.  The bulk of this job should be done after dinner.  You can get help with this one too – kids love doing dishes and helping out so get them involved.  

If you want to take your morning up a notch, put away all your dishes if you can manage it!  Waking up to a neat and tidy kitchen you will start your day off in a great mood come morning!  You won’t care how long it takes your kid(s) to eat breakfast!

2. Sweep the floors.  I don’t know about you but when I get crumbs and grains of rice stuck to my socks I literally want to scream!  The best way to avoid this is to clean the floors before you go to sleep so that this annoying sock-sticking situation won’t happen come morning.  

3. Empty the trash, compost, or recycling bins.  Fussing with full bins is another thing that drives me crazy!  Smashing down the garbage or fiddling with a full compost bin will add stress to your new day.  Get rid of the days trash and have a sense of a ‘new day’ come morning!  No one wants to deal with yesterday’s garbage!

4. Put out a new towel and clean dish cloths.  You should have a bunch in your drawers to keep the rotation going.  If not, go buy some at the dollar store – they are super cheap!  Dealing with a soaked or stiff cloth is annoying.  Just toss it and grab a fresh one!

5. Set up your breakfast.  Set up the coffee maker up, put out some dishes, spreads, bread; make sure everything is easy to access.

6. Pack & Organize lunches.  Organize everyone’s lunch so that they can just grab and go.  Also, if you have children, pack their school bags to make sure they have everything they need for the next morning like permission slips, gloves, homework, etc.

7.  Now that your head is clear, take five minutes to think through the next day.  Set out any necessary cookware for the next evenings dinner, think about what you plan to cook and eat the next day. Make sure you have everything you need, or make a list of anything you need to pick up at the store on your way home. If something for tomorrow’s meal needs to start defrosting, take it out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator.

8.   Look back and observe your beautiful kitchen before you go to sleep. 

Now, take a deep breath, release all of the days stress, and hit the sack – you deserve it!

With Love,
Jules for Daily Tiramisu

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