As a working single mom Sunday’s were honestly the day of the week that I dreaded the most. It was a weekly reminder of all of the things that we as a family had coming up. That was until I created a Sunday routine for my family and I that helped us to be more intentional during the week.
Sunday’s for us still means that I not only have to get myself mentally and physically ready for the week, but also that my children are just as ready as well. For the most part, Sunday’s are an opportunity to pull together as a team. We all have roles within the family everyday of the week. My girls are great at making sure that Im not the only one left alone with our Sunday routine. I maybe be one that plans out the meals and allocate the chores, but the girls give me dinner ideas as well as help with inventory so that I know what the house needs to be stocked with.
I like to break my Sunday routine into categories. My most common categories are: home, dinner, and family. Having categories helps me form a to do list and ensures that no stone is left unturned, or any unnecessary adjustments need to be made.
“If you fail to plan, You are planning to fail” – Benjamin FranklinThe more that I plan on getting off my plate, the more I can focus on things that are just as important.
- Create a list. To put the routine into perspective, I always start my routine with a list. No worries, my list is not always long and drawn out. First things first, I write out lunch and dinner for the week. I check inventory to make sure that we have all of the ingredients and if not, I create a shopping list. The grocery store is not my favorite place to go. Especially during the weekend. I normally will write out some of our favorite meals for the month. I try to at the very least grab some of the main components of theses meals. When meal planning, I normally have all that I need. If not I will rely on delegating my grocery shopping to services such as Instacart. I go onto Instacart application on my phone. Select the items that we need and select a date and time slot for the groceries to be delivered. I have saved so much time and money by shopping this way.
2. Kitchen Prep. Every night, before I go to bed, I make sure the kitchen is cleared away from the previous night or day. For the most part, I just have to put away the dishes from either washing them or taking them out of the dishwasher. If there is anything that needs to be thawed out for dinner, I also take that out of the freeze so that it is ready when it is needed.
I also utilize this time in my routine to clear out anything that needs to be thrown away out of the refrigerator just in time to restock anything that has arrived from the store. If we needed any fruits or vegetables, we also wash, dry, and prep them so that we avoid that step and process later. My daughter packs her own lunch so she is always a great help getting that out of the way.
The containers that we store away any leftovers in, are then emptied and placed either in the sink or the dishwasher to be washed. I also have coffee daily so before being done with my kitchen, I make sure my coffee station is ready for the following day.
3. Laundry. Washing, drying, and putting away clothes is also apart of our routine. What better time, is there to also plan out everyone’s wardrobe for the week? This helps us to be able to get out of the house on time also because no one is scrambling looking for their favorite sweatshirt or Tuesday’s gym attire.
The laundry routine also helps us to be intentional about anything that we will be donating. My kids are still growing so anything that they have not worn or cannot wear, that is in great condition, we organize into a pile to be donated. If there are any items that are badly soiled, we put in a pile to be thrown out.
4. Home Office is next on our Sunday routine to do list. The home office is where we have paper work from bills, appointment reminders, and any of the kids work is located. I will shred junk mail, sort and pay any upcoming obligations, and make sure that anything that needs to be signed and returned for the girls school is ready for them to take back.
- I then make sure the laptops and any other electronic devices are charged.
- The family calendar is updated with any upcoming appointments.
- Prioritize anything from the previous week that we did not get to. These tasks will typically go at the top of the new week’s to do list.
- Lastly, I will plan out my workout routine for the week.
5. Family. This part of our routine, typically start with the our hair. I try to create styles for my daughters that do not require daily maintenance such as braids or ponytails.
Once, hair is done, I go around the rest of the house with the main goal of decluttering. Making sure I gather anything that needs to go out to the trash or recycling.
The girls also have chores which include tidying up their rooms, storing away the laundry that I have washed and folded, dusting and vacuuming. Our Sunday Routine may sound like we have a lot to do however, it has really helped us to more intentional and organized through the week. These are all of the things that work well in our household. You can take what works for you and simplify a routine to your liking. I recommend sorting your routine into a minimum of 3 categories to prevent feeling overwhelmed. Being a parent has its challenges, but certain things can be simplified when having a routine.