From my previous Flylady days, I remember my before bed routine was probably the most important when it came to keeping my days in order. If nothing else got done that day, I could still feel like I had things under control if I completed my before bed routine. Because of that, I decided to start with it.
My previous routine didn't need much tweaking. The only real difference is that when I wrote it we still had a working dishwasher. In general, it sets my priorities as kitchen, living room, and morning prep.
The kitchen is the biggest, because if it's not clean, I can't cook without tidying up first. That eats up a TON of time, not to mention money because if we're in a hurry, it's easier to grab something on our way to wherever than to do what is needed in the kitchen. Plus, there's just something about a clean kitchen that makes the whole house seem orderly. That's probably why Flylady's first baby step is to shine the kitchen sink.
Next is the living room. It's the main room in the house, the first we see when we come in the door and the room where we spend most of our time. If it looks nice, it's easy to welcome surprise guests. Since we use it so much, though, it can easily get cluttered if it doesn't get daily attention.
Finally is morning prep. This includes things like setting out clothes, making lunches, and checking tomorrow's to-do list.
Tomorrow I'll share my before bed routine. In the meantime, I'd love to hear what things you do in the evenings to wrap up your day and prepare for the next.