One of the best feelings on a Sunday night is going to bed feeling ready and prepared for the new week ahead! I got the idea of a weekly reset about a year ago from Samantha at Happily a Housewife, a mommy blogger and YouTube creator that I follow. The idea is to have a set list of tasks that get done every single week to ensure your week runs more smoothly. I have been doing this reset for over a year now, and I must say that it truly makes or breaks my week. When these things don’t get done (if we are out of town or have plans) I am left scrambling around, stressed out, and I’m generally a whole lot less productive throughout the week. I personally like my reset day to be on Sunday, but this concept can be done on any day of the week that works best for you. Also, just like I did, you can tweak the tasks to make them work for your family and the season of life you are in.
Here is a brief overview of the tasks that I like to do EVERY week on Sunday. I will break each of these down and go into more detail in future blog posts.
Meal Planning and Prepping
This is a 3 step process: meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal prepping. I’ve got this down to a science by this point and will go into the entire process next week. This is the number one way we avoid eating out, stick to our budget and keep our weeknights a little less stressful.
Organizing our Schedule/Planning
I like to sit down on Sunday with my planner and make sure I know everything that is going on for the week. That includes who is doing drop off and pick up for the littles, who is taking Alex to his practices and extra curricular activities, days Jason is out of town or working late, etc. I’m a paper and pen gal and this Erin Condren planner is seriously my life. I cross reference my planner with our wall calendar and also make sure all events are synced with the icalendar on our phones so that Jason is in the loop as well.
Although I try to wash laundry all week long, it usually sits in a basket in the laundry room. I use the weekend to make sure ALL laundry is washed, dried and put away. It is the best feeling knowing I’m starting the week with empty laundry baskets, a clean laundry room and a closet full of clean clothes to wear.
I am not one of those moms that cleans every day. We do the kitchen, dishes and a 10 minute clutter clean up on a daily basis and that’s about it. My reset day is when we do actual cleaning…and even still I’m not talking about deep cleaning (unfortunately that rarely gets done.) To keep the house in decent shape I like to make sure we dust, vacuum, wash the sheets and clean the bathrooms. If I’m feeling crazy I might even mop:) All the other big tasks get done on a rotation or when I’m off of work for a longer period of time.
These tasks seem pretty straight forward, but completing them all on my rest day makes the biggest difference in the flow of my week! I feel so much more prepared and ready to tackle the week when these things are out of the way!
I’ve been doing this for so long that it honestly doesn’t take that long to complete, especially when my husband and Alex pitch in. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks when I will go into more detail about how I’ve learned to tackle each of these tasks in the most timely manner! I hope everyone has a productive week. 🙂