Weekends are traditionally seen as times for relationships- time to be with family and friends.  How often I have sabotaged potential family time by needing to do my housework.  Over the last few years I have tried to make a mind-shift where I clean my house in preparation for my weekend, instead of recovering from the weekend.    I used to do the housework on Monday – cleaning up from the restful times, now I have the house clean by Saturday lunch (if not Friday evening) so we can enjoy the restful or social times as a family.  This has been quite a jump for me.

This was a change in values.  The question I asked myself was – Is it more important to have the house tidy so we can relax as a family?  Or was it more important to have the house clean and sparkling so we could study with our homeschooling? Some people may clean and tidy both ends of the weekend – but to me that seemed like a lot of extra effort.

Two keys that helped me:

  1. Don’t be a complete slob on the weekend – tidy as you go so it isn’t a disaster area on Monday.
  2. See your weekend as the beginning of the week, so Monday is just a mid-week day.  For some reason we are okay with the house being so-so on Wednesday (mid week) but not Monday – this needed to change.

What does it mean to be prepared for the weekend?  It will be different for each of us, but for me it means:  clean floor, laundry basically caught up, clean bathroom, clean bedrooms, clean veranda, food in the pantry and some food even prepared for the weekend.

Other tips that help me be prepared so I can give my energy and time to people (be it my family or friends) on the weekend have been:

  • Keeping a simple family menu  (Friday night Pizza and Sunday night soup has been standard fare for our family for many years – now the kids help in the kitchen we have a bit more variety)
  • Cook ahead of time at least one meal.  This helped me feel like I was having a rest on the weekend too.
  • Have a meal in the fridge, freezer or pantry that I could serve to others – even if we didn’t have any specific plans.
  • Weekly and monthly cleaning chores get done through the week so not a lot is left for Saturday morning
  • Have clothes (and when kids were little backpacks or nappy bags) ready for the weekend ahead of time.
  • Set aside time somewhere in your week (or even weekend if that works for you) to plan your coming week.  Don’t let people rob you from being prepared for your work.

My immediate challenge is that I do more lesson prep on Friday instead of Saturday.

What can you do that will help you be ready to share with others (family or friends) this coming weekend?

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