Monday, 27 July 2015

Our Afternoon & Evening Routine...

Hello lovelies, I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!  Continuing on from Thursday's post ‘Our Morning Routine’ today I am sharing what an afternoon and evening in our home looks like.

4pm  My oldest two arrive home from school
I don’t give the kids a lot to do during the week, for me their main priority is their school work.  However, they still contribute to the running of the household with little jobs that really help me out

  • Empty school bags and leave any school notes on the kitchen bench
  • Afternoon snack
  • Bring washing in
  • Feed Bella
  • Shower and put uniforms in the wash
  • Homework and ½ and hour of reading

5.30pm to 6pm I pick up my youngest from my parent’s house
When we arrive home
  • I make a start on dinner
  • My youngest will unpack her bag and put any school notes on the kitchen bench
  • My youngest has a shower and puts her uniform in the wash
6 to 6.30pm Dinner is served
Time is dependent on when we got home, but I like to have dinner served by 6.30pm at the latest and will never cook anything during the week that will take me longer than half an hour to prepare and cook.

7pm Clean up time
After dinner the kids will help clear the table and rinse their plate, I stack the dishwasher and wipe down the benches etc.  I clean while I’m cooking so that after dinner there isn’t a massive mess to clean up. 

  • Clear kitchen and stack dishwasher
  • Kids are generally watching TV or reading

 7.30pm Bedtime for my youngest
  • I will lay with her and read a book or we just cuddle and chat for a bit until she falls asleep, she’s usually fast asleep in 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Once she is asleep I jump in the shower
  • I collect any other laundry and put a load of washing on, setting the timer so the load finishes around 7am the next morning
  • I will sit and watch TV or talk to the older kids for a while until they head to bed
8pm to 8.30pm Older kiddies head to bed
My two older kids are good with bedtimes, basically it’s bedtime at 8.30pm but if they’re tired they’ll head to bed earlier.

Once everyone is asleep I will prepare as much as I can for the next day and do a quick tidy
  • Make school lunches
  • Fold washing that my older kids brought in earlier and put it away
  • Clean up any mess from making lunches and turn dishwasher on
  • Iron uniforms and pick work clothes for the following day
  • Sign any school notes, and read any school notes left on the kitchen bench
  • I do a quick pick-up of any mess, 10 minutes tops
  • Quick vacuum of the kitchen and main living areas (this takes me about 5minutes)
9.00pm  Me time
This is my time so to speak, I usually turn the TV on to watch something I’ve recorded from earlier in the week and turn my laptop on and do some studying or work on an assignment, it’s nothing too exciting but it’s quiet and peaceful and gives me to relax and unwind or get some studying done without eating into time with the kids.
10.30pm to Midnight Bedtime
I know that’s a bit of range…if I’m just watching TV generally I’ll head to bed around 10.30pm but if I am working on an assignment it might be closer to midnight!

So that is pretty much a normal afternoon and evening in our home, on Mondays Eva has ballet so I finish work early and will pick her up at 3.30pm to take her home and get changed before ballet at 4.25pm but we are still home at around 5.30pm.  I would love to hear what your routines look like…I love reading your comments and would love to hear from you.

I hope you all have a wonderful and happy day xx





  1. I love reading what other people's routines are, I'm a huge routine fan so reading what other people get up to on a daily basis is great. Thank you for sharing. Your certainly a busy mumma.

    1. Thanks so much Tamara! I too love reading about what other people get up too on a daily amazes me how different we all run our homes and lives, but at the end of the day we all get through it! ☺️ Thanks so much for your comment, I hope you have a wonderful day! Xx

  2. Oh my gosh I enjoyed and felt tired reading this! I just realised how busy running a household is! I only have 2! We kinda have a similar routine. Arabella needs extra encouragement so we have a gem jar. Each task is worth a certain amount of gems. Anyway I may post something soon.

    1. Thanks so much Anni! Hehe it is definitely a full time job in itself...I didn't realise myself until I wrote it all down! I love the sound of the gem jar, a little encouragement always helps when they're little! I would love to read a post on how you do it all!! Big hugs and kisses lovely!! xx