Sundays are my absolute favourite – the perfect day for spending time doing whatever you fancy and just having a slow, chilled day. However, they’re also my favourite day to get my life in order, which may sound contradictory. I like to get everything organised for the next week so I can actually enjoy my Sunday, instead of worrying about remembering all the things I have to do for the week ahead! I have a few habits that I like to get done on a Sunday morning for the first 3 hours or so, then my day is free to do whatever I like! Here are my favourite Sunday habits for a stress free week:
Throughout the week, I keep a running list of all the things I need to do for the week ahead. Whenever something pops into my head, I note it down immediately on an app called ‘Do’ on my phone. Then on Sundays, I go through the first draft of my to-do list and rearrange all the tasks in order of importance. This is made really easy using the ‘Do’ app, as you can drag and drop tasks to shuffle them about until you’re happy with the order. From this prioritised list, I then separate tasks from appointments – scheduling my tasks in Do, and appointments in my calendar – making sure everything has an allocated time slot for each day. You can add day and time, colour code and even set alarms to keep you super organised.
I tend to do all my laundry on a Sunday – clothing and bedding. I hate having my washing hanging up on airers because they take up so much space in my flat, so keeping washing and drying to just one day helps me preserve my sanity. I put my laundry on first thing in the morning when I get up, so it has all day to dry. It’s also great doing it this way, as I can clean the rest of the flat while my clothes are in the washing machine – multi-tasking for the win!
This one makes a big difference when trying to get ready in the morning. If you have already planned (or even just have a rough idea) what you’re going to wear for the week, it’s one less decision you have to make in the morning – saving on time and stress. Make sure to check the weather forecast for the week to avoid any weather-related wardrobe disasters. Although, if you live in the UK, experiencing all four seasons in one day is a common occurrence and forecast checking may not actually be much help at all. I like to hang my full outfits up on one hanger, so I can just grab and go. This keeps everything nice and tidy and really easy to throw on, without raking through your wardrobe looking for that pair of jeans you had mentally chosen to go with this shirt.
Ever struggle to find that specific thing you’re looking for in your handbag because it’s buried under old receipts and food wrappers? Go to reach for that tin of beans in the cupboard only to realise it’s a year past its use by date? Or opened the fridge to some rather eye-watering smells because the strawberries pushed to the back of the fridge are attempting to create a whole new life-form? CLEAR THEM OUT. On the reg. Preferably weekly so that nothing builds up and you’re able to have a clean and organised life.
Planning out your meals and meal prepping saves so much time and effort throughout the week. You don’t need to think about what to have for dinner every night, because it’s already sitting there waiting for you. Buying ingredients in bulk and batch cooking will also save a bit of money too, so it’s a win-win situation! I like to have a few things on the go at the same time when I’m meal prepping so I can be as efficient as possible. I’ll have things in the oven, on the hob, in the slow cooker and Nutribullet all at the same time. I like to keep my meals simple these days, so I can make all my meals for the week in a short space of time! I’ll keep half my meals in the fridge and half in the freezer to keep them fresh until the end of the week.
I keep on top of things like the dishes and bins, and tidy up after myself as I go every day throughout the week – but I leave the deep cleaning until Sunday. This is when I wash my floors, clean the bath, dust all my surfaces etc. I usually like to create a list of all the little cleaning tasks I have to do so I don’t forget anything. I love to listen to podcasts while I’m cleaning so the time passes quicker and I feel like I’m learning something at the same time – Hashtag Authentic and Keeping It Candid are my faves.
As important as it is to be organised, it’s more important to make sure you’ve had some chilled time to recharge for the week ahead. There’s no point being super prepared for a busy week if you’re totally burnt out by Monday night! I love chilling in the bath with a face mask on, watching Netflix or reading a book. I also like to paint my nails and catch up on any blog posts or youtube videos that I’ve not had time to watch throughout the week. To top it all off, I make sure I get to bed early so I’m having the best possible start to the week.
What are your Sunday habits that make your week a bit easier?