There’s nothing worse than that creeping, anxious feeling that wells up in you on a Sunday night. You know you’ve got a long week ahead, and you feel like you’ll never find the strength to get everything done.
So how do you make that feeling go away? If you prepare for your week on Sunday, you’ll find that anxiousness never really hits. Throughout the week, you’ll find things run smoother because you did the prep work ahead of time. Even when things go off track, which happens to us all, you’ll find that you stay in control.
When Sunday night arrives, don’t dread Monday morning. Instead, prepare for it and the week ahead, and you’ll find your Monday mornings aren’t so bad.
Update your calendar
If you’re like millions of other homes in Houston, then your family relies on a large calendar pinned to the refrigerator. It has all of your important dates and events for each member of your family.
On Sunday morning, take a look at your calendar and mentally plan out your week. Look for sports practices and club activities where you will either need to pick up or drop off your kids. If they need team snacks, make a note of that. If you need to coordinate a pick-up or drop-off with another parent, get that going right away.
Now compare that calendar with your work calendar. Are there any meetings that might run late or days where you know you need to get to work just a little bit earlier? When work schedules need to adjust, it can feel stressful, but if you use your Sundays for planning, then you won’t have nearly as much to worry about throughout the week.
Do at least one load of laundry
Sundays are still part of the weekend and at least part of them should be spent relaxing. Doing all the laundry might feel overwhelming and time consuming, so if it’s out of the question, do just one load to get everyone through the week.
Make sure you wash:
- Sports uniforms or athletic wear.
- Socks and underwear
- Jeans and pants
If you don’t have the time, then everything else can wait. Get these items in the washer on Sundays, and you shouldn’t have to worry about the rest until the following weekend.
Head to the grocery store
Sure, it may be busy on Sundays, but doing a big grocery run over the weekend is easier and less stressful than trying to squeeze it in on a weekday.
Before you go, make out a grocery list and think about what you’re going to make for the week. Now that you’ve looked at your calendar, you’ll have a good idea about who will be home for dinner on certain nights and any other snacks you’re going to need to provide for team practices or school bake sales.
Remember, you don’t need to cook a full homemade meal every single night. Some nights will be for leftovers. You should also plan for a night or two of easy dinners like grilled cheese sandwiches.
ONce you’ve got your list set, it’s time to head to the grocery store. Having your list in hand will save you time and energy as you navigate the store. You’ll know exactly what you’re looking for, and you’ll be less likely to overspend on snacks or other food items that might go bad before you eat them.
Meal prep for the week
Once you’re home with all of your groceries, then it’s time to start meal prepping for the week.
For dinners, plan which nights you’ll cook a meal and which ones will be easy meals, such as grilled cheese or even a frozen pizza. If you can, start working on those meals right away: take out any frozen meat to thaw or cut up and measure vegetables. You can even cook rice or noodles ahead of time and then pack them in plastic containers to be reheated later. They won’t be seasoned, so they can be used with whatever you need.
You can pack your own lunches at this time as well. Put salads together or make a few sandwiches in advance. When all you have to do is grab a sandwich and go, you’ll find that your morning run a little easier.
You can also pre-pack lunches for your kids. A few ham and cheese sandwiches will sit in the fridge for a few days.
What’s more, try to pack snacks ahead of time. This more than anything else will save you time in the mornings when you and your kids can grab snacks and get going. While it may be easier just to buy bags of chips, packing your own gives you the flexibility to make healthier snacking choices, and if you’re reusing plastic containers, you’ll cut down on the amount of waste you throw away.
Try a few of these snacks:
- Chopped veggies with hummus or ranch dressing
- Raspberries, blueberries or grapes
Pack as many of these snacks as you like and grab them throughout the week. When someone needs a snack before soccer practice, these options will be readily available to them.
Plan out your outfits
How often do you look at your closet and have a difficult time picking out something to wear? Pants or skirt? Jeans or khakis? Sweater or button-up? What’s the weather supposed to be like this week anyway?
Before you start planning outfits, take a look at the weather forecast for the week. Is it supposed to rain? Will it be uncomfortably hot? Now weather forecasts change, but looking ahead will help you plan a little more wisely.
The trick to planning out clothes for the week is not to assign outfits for specific days. Instead, just choose five looks that will fit the weather for the week and pick one each day. This helps in two ways:
- You spend less time looking at your whole closet. Instead, you’re just looking at a few to choose from, which will be easier and faster.
- You still have some flexibility with weather. If the rain is pushed back a day, save the rainy outfit for another day and go with something for clear skies.
When planning outfits, think back to your calendar and what you’ve got planned for the week. If you know you have an important meeting, make sure you select a nicer outfit and iron it. If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking one day, add in an outfit or two that goes well with comfortable shoes.
As you get into the habit of planning your outfit, you’ll be surprised at how much more time you have every morning. Instead of spending five minutes deciding on what to wear and getting dressed, you’ll be dressed in 30 seconds and ready to go pack a lunch.
Declutter your countertops
Your countertops can get pretty cluttered over the course of the week. From mail drops to classroom papers, some days it can be tough to find even a small bit of cleared space on your countertops.
When Sunday night rolls around, it’s time to clear off your countertops and put everything away. Go through your pile of mail and sort what you want and need to keep and what can be recycled — then recycle them immediately. Clip any coupons you want and recycle the rest. Pay bills and send out any mail of your own such as birthday or thank-you cards.
Next, throw away any trash and put away any other clutter that’s taking up space on your countertops — tools taken out for a repair, craft supplies for a project, nail polish and supplies for a home spa day. All of these things need to be put back where they belong.
Your kids should also be helping. School papers and folders need to be packed up and put away, ready for tomorrow.
Once your countertops are clear, you’ll find you feel a little more clear-headed as you start the week.
Check your work email
We’re big fans of leaving work at work, but hear us out: Checking a work email account on Sunday evening can actually help you prepare for Monday morning.
First, checking your email the night before takes the pressure off the next morning because you know exactly what needs to be done first. You won’t feel as stressed or blindsided when you know what to expect.
If there’s a problem at work, checking email the night before can help you get a headstart on the problem and give you time to think about it. When you feel pressured to respond, you might not have enough time to think about the right solution to a problem. On Sunday night, you’re not under any pressure to fix a problem right away, which will be less stressful for you.
A word to the wise: Don’t let it slip to your boss that you check your email Sunday night and don’t send any emails until Monday morning. You don’t want to set an expectation that you are working Sunday nights. This is just a way to help smooth out your Monday morning — not office hours. You’re still on your weekend, so remember that.
Schedule any home services like pressure washing services
With all this time spent doing laundry, grocery shopping and meal prepping, you’re likely going to be too exhausted to do work around your home, such as cleaning the gutters or pressure washing the driveway. So why not hire experts in home services such as pressure washing services to do the work for you?
Let’s face it: You’ve only got so much time on a weekend, and you deserve to spend it relaxing. With pressure washing services, you’ll let an expert handle the hard work. You won’t have to worry about equipment or which pressure to use. All you need to do is schedule your pressure washing services and let an expert handle the rest.
Sundays are great days for scheduling pressure washing services because you can plan out what needs to be done ahead of time. Since you’ve already looked at your calendar, then you know what days will work best for home services such as pressure washing services. Because you’re calling at the beginning of the week, the professionals you hire might not be booked through the week just yet. That means you can figure out a time that works for both of you.
Scheduling home services ahead of time will also take the pressure off you to get things done around your home. It can be tough to relax when we know the gutters need to be cleaned and the driveway needs to be pressure washed. Just by scheduling these services, you feel accomplished because you know the work will get done — and best of all, not by you.
Now you can clean your own gutters or pressure wash your driveway, but having an expert do the work will likely save you money in the long run. For one thing, you don’t have to worry about gathering all the necessary equipment. If your ladder isn’t tall enough to reach your gutters, don’t buy a new one, and you don’t need to invest in an expensive power washer either. A professional will have all the equipment to get the job done.
You also won’t be liable for any damage to your home. If you were to pressure wash your own house and accidentally crack the siding, then you would be on the hook to repair and place it — and that can get expensive. Professionals are insured for this kind of damage. If the siding cracks, the home service company will pay to have it replaced.
Your weekends were made for relaxing, but your whole week can actually be a little more relaxing if you prepare for it on Sunday. Prepping meals and snacks and picking out clothes for the week will give you valuable time back in the mornings and evenings — time that can be spent catching up on a favorite TV show or hanging out with your family.
Tell us: What will you do with all that free time? Share with us in the comments, and let us know how our pressure washing services can help keep your home neat and tidy.