Just as it is important to prepare for the month each time a new one begins, it is also a good idea to get ready for the week. It doesn’t take much time, but it can make such a difference.
I love planning and preparing for things, and so I sat down to figure out what I needed to do ahead of time in order to have a better week. I have found that when I follow through with all eight of these tasks, my week is so much calmer and there is much less anxiety.
Maybe you are like me and need to be extremely organized if your life is going to go smoothly. If so and if you want to take some of the stress out of your week, try doing these few things on the weekend:
1. Clean out your refrigerator.
Check for old leftovers that you can toss and for new ones you can incorporate into meals. Quickly wipe up any little messes that have accumulated on the shelves. Organize your condiments and any food you have left in your refrigerator, and make everything ready for another week of cooking.
2. Keep a master grocery list and check your stock of food against it.
I like to keep a list of everything we buy regularly. Then I can go through the list and see what we are running low on or are out of. I find that when I do this, it keeps us from having to make extra little trips for those things we forgot about.
3. Plan your meals.
Since you are going through your food anyway, you might as well jot down your meal plan for the week. You can plan to use up those leftovers you just organized, and since you also have an idea of what is in your refrigerator and pantry, you can design your meals around that.
4. Complete your grocery list.
After planning your meals, you can add to the items from your master list whatever ingredients you need to make your recipes. I’m not saying you have to go grocery shopping on the weekend, although I know some people either like or have to do this. However, if you at least compile your list, you can be ready for whenever you do venture out to the store.
5. Plan your outfits for the week.
I like to check the weather forecast and my planner and then plan my outfits accordingly. I know some people like to collect their outfits in their closet so they are ready to go, but I prefer just to write them down in my planner. Then, every evening I can consult my planner and lay out the clothes for the next day. It may sound a little silly, but it saves me so much stress during the week by removing the need to make daily decisions about my clothes.
6. Check your schedule.
It’s good to know what kind of week you are going into so you don’t forget about appointments or other obligations. I also like to make sure my planner and calendar are synchronized at this time so that there is no confusion resulting in double booking.
7. Make sure your administrative tasks are up to date.
Clean out your purse, take the receipts out of your wallet, file your papers, update your budget. Do whatever you need to do to start off the week with a clean slate–and a tidy house. If you can keep up with the clutter, especially the paper clutter, you will go a long way toward avoiding a messy house.
8. Check on your cleaning tasks.
What tasks are you supposed to complete this week outside of the ordinary chores? Where does your deep cleaning fit into the week? Are there any problem areas you spotted during the week that you need to take care of? The beginning of the week is a good time to answer these questions so that you can distribute the tasks across the week instead of having to cram them all into the end.
These are the things I like to do to keep my life organized. They don’t, of course, remove all the stress from my week, but if I complete them, they make it so much easier. Is there anything you would add to this list? If so, please let me know, as I love to get new ideas!