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As a busy mom, I know all too well how it feels to be overwhelmed with life. Most days I feel like my to-do list needs a to-do list! Alot of times I don’t have time to think straight let alone get everything done.
What keeps me sane is getting everything organized for the week. It helps keep me on task, it allows me to be able to juggle my full-time job while growing my blog and handle every other obstacle life hauls my way! While it isn’t easy juggling everything, I have found ways to make it more manageable and a lot less stressful.
5 SIMPLE TASKS TO DO ON SUNDAY TO ORGANIZE YOUR WEEK
So today, I figured I would share some of my tips I incorporate into my routine for a more organized life. Specifically, I am going to introduce you to my Sunday routine because it is what helps me transition to the new week without the added stress.
Make 2018 the year you commit to living a more efficient and less stressful life. Incorporating some of the tips below into your routine will help you get organized for the week ahead.
CHOOSE AND IRON CLOTHING FOR THE WEEK
Choose and iron your clothing for yourself and younger kids on Sunday night. You can store the clothing in plastic bins to make organization a cinch! Younger kids also tend to feel like they are ‘choosing’ their own clothing. My daughter loved that!
It’s amazing that something as simple as this can shave about 20 minutes off your morning routine! Well worth it if you ask me!
Prepping your meals ahead of time is another HUGE timesaver. On Sundays, with the help of my family, I sit down and plan the meals for the week. I then write down the ingredients that I need for those recipes and anything else I may need and I off to the store I go!
Saturday’s are my grocery shopping days. This way, I can get everything home and put up and on Sunday, I can concentrate on cooking.
On Sunday’s, I fix family dinner and then I prep and/or cook the meals for the next week. The freezer is your friend here! You can’t imagine how helpful this is for those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking.
You can meal prep for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s just a few hours a day as opposed to a couple hours each day!
CLEAN THE FRIDGE
This and meal prepping go hand in hand. Designate a day to clean your fridge. My day is Friday because it allows me to get rid of the expired groceries and make room for the new groceries on Saturday!
USE YOUR PLANNER
Oftentimes we, (women especially), feel like we have to be superwoman and remember every single detail of what needs to happen every single day for every single person. And not only is it not logical, it also is not healthy.
I have started using My Erin Condren Life Planner daily. It has now become part of my Sunday routine. It helps me focus and knock stuff off of my to-do list in a very unstressful way. And the idea of ‘checking off’ tasks as I go along really makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.
Without my planner, I was running around like a crazed maniac trying to remember doctor appts, dentist appts, soccer practice, football games…if you’re a mom, you get it!
No matter which planner you decide to purchase, be sure to use it! It is definitely well worth it!
CLEAN YOUR HOME
I know what you are thinking! Cleaning, meal prepping, ironing clothing and planning!?! Yes, the amount of time saved and the drop in stress overload is so worth it!
I normally tidy up during the week, but on Sundays is when I do my heavy cleaning. Below is a list of my cleaning activities on Sundays:
- Bathroom – dust, sweep, mop and clean mirrors and toilets
- Living Room – sweep or mop, dust, clean ceiling fan (if applicable), vacuum
- Dining Room – straighten table setting, sweep or mop, dust
- Bedroom – wash sheets and dry linens, vacuum, clean blinds, dust
- Closet – hang clothing, tidy up shoes, group clothing
What are some of your organization secrets?