Sundays can be a magical day for my household! It usually starts with a busy morning and rushing out the door for church. After church, we can be found at one of our favorite lunch spots and then it’s home for naps. I wish I could say that naps included me, but that’s usually not the case. Naptime on Sundays is my time to prepare for the work week.
My typical work week hours are 7-5. This makes for long days and if I do not put some prep work into the week on Sundays, you can bet that our health and home will suffer. From planning meals and workouts to cleaning up the house and getting clothes ready, this routine can be tiresome, but so helpful. If you are in need of some prep work to smooth out your week, keep reading and comment below to let me know how you plan for a smooth week.
4 Steps to Prep for the Week on Sunday
Step 1) Use a planner – Since I somewhat have 3 jobs going on, educator, mom, and blogger, I have to have a plan. My favorite way to stay organized is through a planner. For work purposes I do everything through my Outlook calendar and my Notes App. For home and blogging, I use my Erin Condren planner.
I start by going through the events of the week and then I plan out our food menu and my workout schedule. My husband and I share a google calendar on our phone, which is so helpful in knowing what his work week will be like too. If I know my day is going to be non-stop (which is typical for most days) I will schedule my workout at 5 AM and make sure we have an easy dinner or take-out planned. Once the planner is finalized, it’s on to Step 2.
Step 2) Prep food – My grocery day is Friday. This helps to not overload my weekend with even more chores. So by Sunday, I have everything we need and I can begin prepping for meals. The biggest prep with food has to do with my lunch and snacks through the day. My husband usually eats out for business and my girls stay at home with our nanny, so I’m the only one that has to take food with me.
After going through my planner, I know how many days I will need to take lunch in. I then decide if it’ll be a day that I take leftovers from dinner or if I need to pack a salad with some protein. I also prep for snacks during the week because if I don’t I’ll end up eating any junk food that I can find when I get hungry. My snacks include some type of protein bar or shake, a small amount of nuts, and yogurt or hummus. These help me get through the day feeling full.
Step 3) Pick up the house – A messy house can stress me out. If I do not get the house in order on Sunday it sets my week up for chaos. Our amazing nanny is so helpful in keeping the girls’ room and downstairs picked up, but I like to make sure that all areas are clean to start the week. Depending on the mess we created over the weekend, this can take a little amount or a lot of time. I often recruit my husband in on this step to save time.
Step 4) Lay out clothes – Now, I don’t lay out and iron clothes for each day, but I do refer back to my planner to decide which days I need to dress up and which days will be down days. This just gives me an idea for the different looks I will wear each week. I also always make sure that my workout clothes are clean and laid out. Especially since I get up at 4 AM most days, I don’t want to spend time then digging around for gear. If I know that the girls need specific outfits for the week, I’ll get those ready as well.
So there you have it! This is what my Sundays usually entail. Step 1 and 2 take the most time, but all four steps are well worth the time and effort. To me, prepping in this way is all a part of putting on The Red Dress for the week ahead. I know what makes my family and I “tick” so I consider it a priority to get things in order. What makes your family “tick” and what tips have you learned to keep things in order? Comment below and let me know how you survive.
Red Suit: Ann Taylor, $150 (similar)
Top: Ann Taylor, $30 (similar)
Shoes: Nine West, $30 (similar)
Necklace: J. Crew, $60 (similar)
Earrings: J. Crew, $25 (similar)
Purse: Kate Spade, $100