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The Closing Shift

Tidying up before turning in

If you’ve ever worked in retail or the food industry, you may be familiar with the concept of the closing shift – putting everything back in order at the end of the day and preparing for a smooth morning. This concept is now finding its way into our homes. The closing shift aims to help tidy your home, and your mind, by completing small tasks before bed that can help make a big difference in the morning.

So skip the evening social media scrolling and set yourself up for success by implementing your own closing shift.

Kitchen clean-up

Start your closing shift by decluttering kitchen countertops. Put away small appliances, wipe down surfaces, and return items to their designated spots. This not only creates a tidy kitchen but also sets a calming atmosphere for the next day.

Breakfast prep

Take a few minutes to set up your breakfast for the next day. Whether it's prepping ingredients for a smoothie or laying out the cereal boxes and bowls, having breakfast essentials ready saves time in the morning and helps alleviate stress.

Fluff and fold

Take a moment to fluff and arrange your pillows on your sofa, and to fold and neatly arrange blankets in your living room. It’s a quick and satisfying task that leaves your space looking polished and inviting. This is also a great time to put away any items that have been used during the day.

Sweep session

Before heading to your bedroom, complete a quick sweep or vacuum. This ensures you wake up to a clean floor and it prevents dirt and debris from accumulating, making your weekly cleaning routine more manageable.

Create a task list

If you find yourself thinking of all the things you have to do the next day, make a to-do list the night before, prioritizing tasks and outlining a plan of action, if necessary. This can help clear your mind, and help you wake up with a sense of purpose and direction knowing exactly what you have to tackle for the day.

Curate your clothes

Before bedtime, choose and lay out your entire outfit for the next day, including clothes, shoes and accessories, in a designated spot. Ensure everything is clean and wrinkle-free. If you’re hitting the gym before heading off to work, be sure to pack your gym bag with all the essentials so you can just grab your bag on the way out the door.

The closing shift aims to help tidy your home, and your mind, by completing small tasks that can help make a big difference.