One Quick New Habit

An easy trick for making it easier to get to bed on time


This post is in collaboration with Kleenex. Opinions and old lady bedtimes are my own.

Since I was a teenager, I’ve struggled with going to bed on time.

I can’t tell you how many nights I came home from Cold Stone at 10:30 p.m., dead tired and knowing I had to get up for school the next morning at 5 a.m., and instead of going to bed, I’d just lie on the couch for a while, trying to muster up the energy to go upstairs and get ready for bed.

The idea of brushing my teeth, taking out my contacts, washing my face, and getting into my pajamas just seemed like way too much work.

(That previous paragraph makes me sound like the laziest person on the face of the planet, and perhaps that’s true).

Sadly, I haven’t outgrown this feeling of being too tired to go to bed.

Fifteen years later, and I still feel like “I want to go to bed, I just don’t want to GET ready for bed.”

Since one of my big foundational this year was to get to bed on time, I’ve adopted a new habit this year to help me actually get off the couch and go to bed.

Ever since Ella was born, I’ve changed into my pajamas right after she goes to bed, unless I’m going somewhere.

Now, when I go to change into my pajamas, I take out my contacts, brush my teeth, and take off my makeup at the same time.

An easy trick for making it easier to get to bed on time

This takes a total of about four minutes, but it’s basically life-changing for me.

At 7:30, it doesn’t feel like a huge hassle to take out my contacts and wash my face.

I’ve been using the new Kleenex Facial Cleansing products (they’re available exclusively online) and I love how easy they make getting ready for bed.

An easy trick for making it easier to get to bed on time

Not only do they make quick work of removing my makeup, but they also help my skin look and feel better.

I also like that it’s not a system – you can pick which ones work for your routine, whether that’s the Cotton Soft Pads for taking off nail polish or applying toner or the Shine Away Sheets that lift oil without smudging your makeup, and mix them in any combination.

My personal favorites are the Eye Makeup Remover (I’ve used a bunch of makeup removers over the last 15 years, and I’ve never seen a pad that actually got all the mascara, waterproof or not, off. I was instantly converted, especially since it’s oil-free and doesn’t leave my eyes feeling and looking greasy, AND I didn’t wake up in the morning with dark raccoon circles) and the Facial Cleansing Wipes so I can get all my makeup off in just a few seconds and get on to the more important parts of my evening like watching Person of Interest.

An easy trick for making it easier to get to bed on time

The other benefit of getting ready for bed right away is that if I’ve already brushed my teeth, I’m significantly less likely to snack after dinner (although, I’ll admit that some nights, I just end up brushing my teeth a second time after a last little treat).

And when 10:15 rolls around and I can just hop right in bed? It’s the best feeling.

An easy trick for making it easier to get to bed on time

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  • Reply Helen March 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I totally get the "too tired to go to bed" feeling!!! I swear there are nights when I literally lay at the foot of my bed, fully clothed, thinking: "I just need to put on PJs and brush my teeth and pee…argh, that's exhausting! I'm just going to lay here for a bit longer…"
    It never occurred to me to get ready for bed before bedtime. I think I'll give it try! And yes, brushing one's teeth is an excellent way to avoid late night munchies!

  • Reply diana March 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I've been brushing my teeth and washing my face while supervising bath time and it really is so.much.easier to go to bed at a decent time even if it's just saving me 5 minutes!

  • Reply Paige Flamm March 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I've been trying to do this every night since I finished Better Than Before… and while I'm not perfect at doing it every night, I definitely like myself a lot more on the nights when I actually do get ready for bed earlier. Also, those Kleenex makeup remover wipes are seriously the best ones I've ever used… I've already plowed through my entire container that I got in the mail.

  • Reply Stephanie Hartley March 25, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I have the EXACT same problem with going to bed – brushing my teeth and getting ready seems overwhelming. These Kleenex products seem like a fab solution!

    Steph –

  • Reply Monica Packer March 26, 2016 at 6:12 am

    I HATE getting ready for bed! My bedtime routine takes longer than my getting-ready-in-the-morning routine. I should adopt your timing though, that would help. Except I like to eat something after my kids are down, so brushing my teeth would still need to be later.

  • Reply Laura {a spoonful of joy} March 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Wow, it's a little crazy how similar our 'routine' is! But then, I have 3 little boys about the same ages as your girls so maybe it's just a 'tired mom of little ones' thing! 😉 As soon as they're asleep at 8 (they still nap) into the bathroom I go! And, I have the same weakness as far as nighttime munching so brushing my teeth before I sit down keeps that habit in check for me too!

  • Reply Rebekah March 29, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I struggle with the exact same thing! I hate getting ready for bed and want to just skip all the steps that accompany it! I love the idea of doing it a little bit at a time so it's not so overwhelming when you're already exhausted!

  • Reply Katelyn Smith April 4, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I worked at Coldstone in highschool too… haha nice. Sounded like my exact high school day.. every day

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