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Sunday Hacks For A Productive Week

I hate mornings. If I had my way I would sleep in until at least 8am. Mind you, I'd stay awake late so I'd still be running on less than eight hours sleep. I love my sleep so there are things that I do on Sunday that helps to ease the stress of mornings. 

Wash Everything

We only do washing on the weekend unless the sheets get super dirty or something is badly stained. This way we don't have to worry about the clothes drying and rushing around hanging them out or bringing them in. There's four of us but typically we do seven loads of washing every weekend (2 x sheets, 2 x towels, 2 x darks, 1 x lights). Some things need to go on a long load (towels and kids' uniforms) but most goes on a short load of 30mins. I like to use the dryer for towels so they stay soft but the rest gets hung out (unless it's wet season, then everything goes in the dryer). The soon-to-be-mister and I do the washing together. Mostly. I hate hanging washing out or folding it but I find that folding the washing together while watching a show isn't too bad.

Organise Weekly Clothes

We have great fabric hanging storage with six shelves for the kids' school clothes. Instead of putting their school clothes away in their drawers we put them in each shelf, leaving the last one for jumpers and long pants. Every shelf has underwear, socks, shirt and shorts so it's easy for the kids to just grab what they need to wear for the day. It gives them some responsibility, reduces arguments, and makes mornings so much easier.

The soon-to-be-mister and I lay our clothes out the night before. If I'm wearing my typical 'work uniform' (a Living Dead Clothing dress) then I skip this step. It doesn't really make much of a difference in the morning as they're all there in my nicely organised drawers. However, if I know I'm wearing something with a lot of jewellery or make-up then I'll lay everything out the night before. Again, so I can sleep in a bit but still get dressed up. Even if it's one minute more of laying in bed, I'm taking it!

Plan For The Week

Meal plan, weekly plan, schedule pins, weekly blog schedule - all of the planning! We use a meal planner stuck on the outside of our pantry door. It's great as we can see it whenever we enter the kitchen. The soon-to-be-mister goes through recipes, fills in the meal planner then writes out a shopping list to take with him to the shops.

I REALLY need to get back into weekly planning and that will have to happen when I begin my studies (next week!). Planning helps a lot with reducing my anxiety levels by being prepared and knowing what is happening during the week. I love spontaneity, however since having kids it has to be spontaneity that I am leading. Just like change, I don't like anything that isn't directed by me. 

I use Tailwind to schedule pins and I have my monthly blog schedule and start drafting my weekly posts if I haven't already started. Again, this helps with my anxiety levels. I also find that if I don't do this on a Sunday then I spend a lot of time on the computer rather than with my family during the week. I like my family so this is not ideal.

Weekly Shopping

Grocery shopping sucks. Online grocery shopping does not suck. Waiting for the online grocery shopping to be ready to pick up sucks (sometimes days). So grocery shopping ends up not being online, but thankfully the soon-to-be-mister does it. I'm the type of person who will always forget something, the most important thing. Even when I have a list. Hopeless.

Weekly shopping helps reduce grocery costs compared to shopping every day. We still go to the shops (I should say 'shop' - we only have Woolworths) to get milk, bread, fruit and veggies during the week but no meals. Meal planning also helps reduce costs so get on that on Sunday before going shopping.

Take Rubbish Out

I make sure I go around the house and empty all the bins ready for collection on Monday morning. This includes emptying the fridge, a chore that sucks but feels so good afterwards. This should be done before meal planning and doing your shopping list so you know exactly what you have and what you need to buy.

Taking the rubbish out is symbolic; taking out last week's crap and starting anew.

Long Shower/Bath

I love having a long shower at the end of the week. Again maybe a symbolism - washing away last week to start fresh. I do a coconut and coffee body scrub, shave everywhere and put a purple conditioner through my hair. It's so refreshing and a great way to end the productive day.

Relax

After all of the above, it's important to relax and spend time on the couch chilling doing whatever you love best. Love to read? Read, read and read. Love to watch movies? Watch those movies! Love to knit? You knit that thing. Love to nap? Nap away! You do whatever you want to do because you've earned it!

I hope this helps make your week easier and productive. Did I miss anything? How do you prepare for your week?
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8 comments:

  1. Some things I hadn't thought of in here. thanks for the ideas!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad I could help :)

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