Weekends are a time for freedom and fun compared to the structure and chaos of your weekdays. But spending a little time to prepare for your week on Sundays can be a game changer for the rest of your week. Designating one or two hours on Sundays for organization and prep can take loads of stress and chores off your plate when you truly don’t have time or energy for them. Check out our list of ways to prepare for your week on Sundays and we bet you’ll agree that the trade-off is worth it.
Review the Week Ahead
Give your calendar a glance to determine what lies ahead for your week. This can help you mentally and physically prepare for your hectic schedule. For example, if your neighborhood pot luck dinner is Tuesday night and it’s pajama day at school on Thursday, you’ll know to grocery shop for your ingredients and make sure you wash and save your kids’ favorite PJs for the special day.
Tidy the House
Not every Sunday calls for a deep house cleaning but straightening up can really change your outlook for the week. Involve the kids in a few chores like collecting the trash, putting away the piles of “stuff” the builds up around doorways and on tabletops and arrange the couch pillows. When you walk into these spaces on Monday morning, you’ll feel good about how your house looks and be in a better mood because of it.
Do the Laundry
Having all the clothes washed and put away by Sunday night is a big feat but one that can make your week so much easier. Work on washing and drying clothes in-between activities throughout the weekend and then fold everything quickly before bedtime. Sundays are a great day to wash the towels and sheets as well. Nothing feels better than jumping into freshly laundered sheets and drifting off to dream land before the start of a busy week.
Grocery Shop and Meal Prep
Doing a big food shop on the weekend will ensure you have most of what you need for the week. Sure, you may run out of strawberries and milk mid-week and you can pop into a store quickly to get what you need. But having the bulk of your list covered before Monday is super helpful for chaotic weekday mornings and evenings. It will also help you food prep. Make a meal or two to get your week started, and then do the chopping and portioning for the rest of your meals. While you’re at it, prepare some easy-to-store healthy snacks as well, like fruit cups or veggies with humus that you can grab after school or on-the-go. And don’t forget to throw away old leftovers and expired items in your fridge.
Clean the Kitchen
After you shop and meal prep, sanitize your kitchen so you’re starting with a clean slate for the week. Especially with little paws – both kids and pets – around, your kitchen can harbor some serious germs. Do a thorough wipe-down of your countertops, tables, floor, stove and sink. Make sure all the dishes are put away or in the dishwasher and clean any backlog of breast milk bottles that may have built-up.
Pack Your Bags
Hopefully you’ve gone through backpacks on Friday afternoon to make sure you’ve found all the schoolwork and treasures your kids may have brought home. On Sundays load it back up with jackets, snacks and whatever else the kiddos may need for school that week. Do the same with your bags. Sundays are great for cleaning out purses and work bags. If you’re pumping at work, make sure your pump is clean and ready to go and you have extra bottles, caps and a cooler bag in place for Monday.
That’s not all we’ve got to help you prepare for your week on Sundays. Stick around for part 2 of our series later this week.
Sources: Bustle, Inc and BuzzFeed