How many of us dread Sunday evenings? Knowing we have to get back to the grind on Monday, (for those of us day job workers), can make those nights rough. I started thinking about it for a while, wondering how I can make the week a bit easier. That means maybe Sunday nights would have to be so rough! These tips are the things that help me get through the end-of-the-weekend blahs. I hope they can help you too! Honestly, these tips are so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing them all along.
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1. Plan your outfits for the week.
It’s really easy to plan out your outfits for the entire week. Sure, you might need to do laundry at some point during that week. But knowing exactly what you will be wearing will help so much in the mornings. Put them together on a hanger or 2 for each day, then reach in and grab what you need. No more fumbling around in the dark, or realizing the piece you need to complete the look is in the hamper. I started doing this when I had a job that didn’t require a uniform, BUT only let you wear black or white. Although I’m not longer at that job, I have continued doing this, and it is certainly one of the tips that make my mornings a little easier.
2. Plan your meals.
Planning out what you will eat all week can be huge. I’m not suggesting going full force meal prepper. (Although that can save massive time and energy!) Simply planning out dinners for the week will take so much stress out of meal time. Write out what you plan for each day, and post it somewhere easily seen. That way there are no questions (and or complaints) that may pop up when it’s that time. Subscribe to my newsletter and get access to your free menu planner pdf!
3. Get your shopping done.
Now that you’ve got that menu planned, get to the store and get any missing ingredients you need. That’ll save time and money later in the week. Running out to grab 1 or 2 missing things not only takes time, but you’re more likely to buy things you didn’t plan for. Of course check your coupons, sale ads, etc. Once you’ve got your list, head out to your store, stick to the list, then get home! Don’t waste time looking around aimlessly. Again, that can just lead to buying things you don’t need, simply because you can.
4. Get the laundry done.
Since the outfits are planned out, double check and make sure you have all the clean clothes you need. I like to do my bulk load on Sunday, even though I know there will probably be a smaller load later in the week. (We spend a lot of time outdoors at my house, so we do usually 2 more loads during the week.) It’ll help #1 be so much easier when you aren’t having to worry about that. The nice part about that is knowing that it’s time you won’t be spending during the week because you didn’t plan and make sure it was done earlier. We even like to do all the sheet and towels. That way we have nice clean, cozy sheets to climb into at night and soft clean towels for the morning showers.
Now that you’ve planned clothing, meals, shopping, and laundry, it’s time to unwind. Crack open a bottle of wine, find something good on Netflix, and start to unwind. Mentally preparing for the week ahead is a great way to start. Once you have gotten all the tasks out of the way, you can clear your mind and be prepared for the upcoming week. Meditate, do some yoga, whatever helps you prepare for an unstressful week.
What are some other tips you use to get you through the weeks? I’d love to know! And don’t forget to sign up for your free weekday meal planner. Put it in a frame and use a dry-erase marker on it so you can reuse it!