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One of my favourite books (as in it challenges me and I keep going back to read it) is Making Room for Life by Randy Frazee.  It addresses the issue of the busyness of our life and how it robs us of the opportunity to make meaningful relationships both within our family and within our community.  I have been aware of and working towards these ideas for a few years.

At the end of each chapter the authors give you a few questions to ponder as you process what they have been saying.  One such question was – “What one change could you make in your family?”  The first thought that came to my mind was “Preparing for the Weekend”.  This is something that I’ve worked on before, but we need to get back on track – things get sloppy real quick if you aren’t completely focused.  So here are a few things that we’ve instigated, some are working well, some need more effort for us to really glean the benefits.

  • I used to clean house on Monday – to get over the weekend.  These days I try and clean the house by Saturday lunchtime in preparation for our family time (Saturday afternoon, evening and Sunday.)  Sure, I may have to clean up a bit on Monday, but the main focus for my housework is to prepare for not to recover from!
  • I shop on Thursday this gives me enough time to prepare food for the weekend.  If I need to I top up with fruit and veg on Saturday morning.  We like to have a special family meal on Saturday night – one of the kids helps cook this.  We also have a cooked breakfast (Pete does it on the BBQ) on Sunday and I need to make sure I have all the ingredients for both these meals.  I would like to get into the habit of preparing Sunday’s food on Saturday when appropriate.  I want to have food, good food, ready to go with little fuss over the weekend.
  • While on the topic of food, I also like to have a meal in mind that is quick to prepare so that if we invite others over it won’t be a big job. I used to keep quiches in the freezer for this purpose. Maybe I should start doing that again. The other meal we have ready to pull together quickly, especially on a Sunday, is a cheese, veggie and fruit platter.
  • One of the extra chores my kids are supposed to do (it doesn’t always happen) is to iron their clothes on Saturday for Church on Sunday.  I would like to have my weekend ironing done too for both Peter and myself.
  • A new habit that I am in training mode for at the moment is that when we come home we put our stuff away in the right place, not on the dining room table!!  Bags, books, shoes, water bottles etc.  This helps us especially on Sunday to keep the house tidy for our afternoon of relaxing together.

Have you planned time in your week to relax and enjoy your family and friends?  How do you prepare for this time so that you, as mum, chief cook and organiser can get some rest as well?

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