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Kids Back To School Evening Routine

I posted our “Kid’s Back To School Morning Routine” here, and got many requests for our evening routine, so here it is.  It may be helpful for you to read the Morning Routine post, as I go into detail about how GREAT routines and charts have been for our family, and how we enforce them.

 I made our charts online at this great site, it was SUPER easy to just follow directions, fill in the blanks, and push print.  

Then I had them laminated, and we hung them on our Chore Board with magnets. They use dry erase markers or dry erase crayons (did you know there was such thing? We love them!) to mark off as they go.  

Kid’s Back To School Evening Routine


~Fill Water Bottle/Put In Refrig

~Pick Up Personals


~Clean Up Bathroom Sink Area


~Dirties Into Hamper

~Clean Clothes Hung Up

~Outfit For Tomorrow

~5 Minute Room Rescue




Snack-a habit we started when they were young, now I wish we had not!  It is a small snack, fruit or crackers/cheese, etc.

Pick Up PersonalsI talked about how this is one of my favorite routines when I wrote about the Morning Routine.  They go into each room of the house and find anything that they left out and put it away.  No longer am I bending over a thousand times picking up after others!

Brush/Floss/Rinsewe are strict about this, as our girls get cavities way too easily!  

Clean Up Sink Areawe had to add this because I got so sick of seeing toothpaste globs in the sink!  Yuck.

Pajama’sI’ve been seeing too many pajama’s in the dirty clothes, that do not seem dirty. I think I will teach them the “keep your jammies under your pillow” trick.  

Dirties In Hamperthis step really helps keep the rooms picked up

Clean Hung Upso does this one! I have shown them that there are certain items of clothing that I want them to wear twice before washing (like jeans) if they look and smell ok. 🙂  Guess they need a refresher when it comes to pajamas!

5 minute Room RescueThey do this in the morning, too.  They set the timer and “rescue” their room (pick it up).  Their rooms do not frighten me anymore..

Devotionsthey do these on their own.  We have loved this for my youngest (7 yrs old) and these for my 11 & 9 year old.

PrayTodd and I take turns with which girl we pray with.  It is precious time, just a quick few minutes, and usually a little back gets scratched in the process which they think is heaven!


To keep them on task, most nights we have to set a timer.  If they do not get their routine done by a certain time, they do not get their points for our allowance system.  

They can get it done in 30ish minutes-sometimes the devotions take a little longer.  Some nights when we are out later in the evening, we will skip the room rescue and devotions, which makes the routine is about 10-15 minutes.  

Their room will be rescued in the morning, and we still pray with them, so a night without a devotion once in awhile is fine.  

***How I decide what should be added to a routine is pretty simple.  If I find myself nagging about something repetitively, or frustrated that I have to do it when I know they are capable, (like cleaning toothpaste globs out of the sink!) then it should go on the chart. 

Hope this is helpful!!  

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  • Karen from MN
    September 7, 2010 at 1:46 am

    I recently came across your site via some surfing from some sewing sites. Amazing what a person can come across.

    I am a mom of many and I have been wanting to put a morning/evening routine together for some time. I especially like the “pick up personals” – that is for sure going to be on my list. That and “clean up sink area”! The routine lists will be on my “to do” list this week. All my kids will be in school/college this year and #9 is due in November. I’ve always said that my job as a mom is to work myself out of my job by teaching my children the skills. Recently I have become more of a “reminder mom” and I want to change that.

    I am curious as to how you work your point list and allowance. Would you mind sharing? You may have already done that but I am new to your blog and I look forward to checking it out more in depth. If you have already shared that info, point me in the right direction to locate it so you don’t need to repeat thyself. 🙂

  • Rach
    August 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Um, can I just say that you are my hero!?!?! We had a discussion about “routines” {after I read your first post} after one particularly nagging kind of morning. He was tired of hearing it- I was tired of doing it. We decided on things to put on the morning and evening lists and our first day was yesterday… and WOW- just WOW. He wants his money, BAD. {!} So, he diligently worked through his routines and I didn’t have to say a word. NOT ONE WORD. It’s AMAZING. I seriously can’t thank you enough for these two posts. They seriously may have saved my sanity.. and his too. I was SO tired of the nagging. And it has ceased. LOVING IT 🙂

  • Amy Bowman
    August 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    @Beth-Thanks so much for sharing it with your group, so appreciated.
    @Elizabeth-you are welcome! It is no fun being “reminder mom” and these charts really help with that!
    @collettakay-as a matter of fact, I do! LOL. I wondered if someone would ask that. I will post soon..
    @megan- Yes, it is amazing what one can do in 5 minutes. It’s crazy cool. Pick up personals is my favorite, too!!
    @Caroline-clean sink area is going to add some years to my life! my blood pressure went up when i would see globs of toothpaste!
    @Rach-i am so very happy that it is working for you! keep the standards up as his excitement may wear off after the “newness” of the chart wears off. We found that to be true, but kept with the standards and now it is just…well, routine!

  • Caroline Mukisa
    August 25, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Great routine! I particularly liked the “clean sink area” and “5 min room rescue”. I’m going to incorporate those into my kids evening routine. Thanks for sharing!

  • Megan {Honey We're Home}
    August 24, 2010 at 4:07 am

    These are just awesome. Pick up personals is my favorite. And isn’t it amazing what you can do in 5 min. I know I can (almost) empty the dishwasher in 2 minutes b/c that’s how long I microwave/sterilize my son’s bottles!

  • collettakay
    August 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    School starts tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll have time to get some charts put together for my daughter.

    Do you do an after-school chart also?

  • elizabeth @ twelvecrafts
    August 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for both of these posts. We are just getting into the school-kid age, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get everthing done in the morning and evening without constantly standing there and reminding them. This is perfect!

  • Beth
    August 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    We used to do this kind of stuff with the kids. The one thing I realized, as the kids moved past this stage, was how much routine I expected from my kids while not being a routine oriented person myself. We ended up having routines for different situations. Most of this doesn’t apply any more but the effort is forever instilled in my kids. Hopefully they will build on it in their own parenting. I sure do see a lot of my mom’s skills in my parenting. Thanks for posting. I am going to share this post with my homeschool group.

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