Before I settle in for the night I like to "put the house to bed". Let me explain. Prior to actually going to bed for the night I like to have some time to settle in and relax, usually in front of the TV since that requires minimal brain power. But before that, I like to get my house in order; make sure the kitchen is clean, put away anything I dragged out during the evening, basically put things back in their proper place. I call this putting the house to bed. By doing this, the house feels calmer and more peaceful and therefore I can relax and feel calm.
Now, because this is the real world, I don't live alone, and we all keep different hours, this doesn't always happen. Let's face it, sometimes life just gets in the way and life is more important than an orderly house. I refuse to stay up late to do "chores". But there is something almost meditative about the simple routine act of putting things in order each night. I'm not talking Spring cleaning here, not even cleaning really, just tidying up and shutting things off. All I know is that it helps me fall asleep faster, sleep better, and get off to a good start in the morning.