Now I’m a girl who loves to plan. Such a shock, right? I’m someone who is motivated by to-do lists, checklists, planners – anything of that nature. While a lot of people are like me in this way, a lot of other people just don’t understand what’s so appealing about planning.
So, I’ve put together a list of things that I do every Sunday in order to sort of set myself up for an easier week and start Monday off motivated and refreshed. And let me tell ya, this list of little things seriously does make a big difference, in terms of helping you have a more productive, easier week.
In the short time it takes to check off this list of things, it frees up space on your to-do list (if you have a to-do list – which you really should).
But anyhow… these 9 things can help you free up your time and your mind-clutter for the week ahead:These 9 things free up your time and your mind-clutter for the week ahead! >> Click To Tweet
1.) Tidy up your house.
Straightening up your house (or apartment, etc.) will totally set you up for a better week. Coming home to a clean home is so nice! No matter what you think, it shouldn’t take very long to clean – and it will save you a lot of time and stress during the week. Plus, a clutter-free home is a clutter-free mind.
2.) Clean out your fridge.
Clean out your fridge, toss out anything that’s gone bad, and be sure to make a list of everything that you need to restock. I usually go grocery shopping on weekends too because it’s one less thing to do during the week, but some people don’t like to do that. Doing a quick fridge clean-out once a week is easier for me than doing a big clean-out once a month!
3.) Plan your meals for the week.
After you clean out your fridge, you have a pretty good idea of what you have and what you plan on buying – so go ahead and plan your meals (and prep them, if possible). This will save you lots of time and decision-making during the week!
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4.) Wash your comforter & sheets.
It’s just one extra load of laundry, but it makes all the difference! It feels ah-mazing to climb into freshly washed sheets at night. I’m just weird and I like the idea of starting my week with fresh sheets. Plus, you obviously don’t want to sleep on icky germy sheets – ew.
5.) Choose outfits for the coming week.
If not for the entire week, at least for the next day. I always pick out an outfit for the following day. It saves you a lot of time in the morning. Plus (at least this is true for me) if I pick out my outfit the night before, I’m more likely to wear something cuter and more put-together.
6.) Write out your to-do list/goals.
Get out your calendar and check your appointments and whatnot for the week, and then set up your to-do list and/or goals for the week. Write everything down! Writing things down is a way to declutter your brain, plus it makes you more likely to actually do what you need to get done. Like I said, I’m someone who loves to plan. 😉
7.) Practice self-care.
Pamper yourself a little bit. Take a nice relaxing bath, give yourself a mani-pedi, watch some Netflix, order takeout – whatever you want. Give yourself some “me-time” so you can unwind and start the next week relaxed and happy!
You might like: Self-Care 101: The Basics + Free Worksheet
8.) Practice gratitude.
Now I actually try to write out things for my gratitude jar every morning. But I know not everyone wants to do that, so you should at least try to do it once a week! This will help you keep your spirits high, keep you in a positive mindset, and help you be more mindful. It’s super easy to practice gratitude. Just try to write out a list of 10 or so things that you’re thankful for. You can use my gratitude list printable or gratitude jar printable to write your list. (Details below!)
You might like: How + Why I Practice Daily Gratitude
9.) Spend time with friends and family.
Life is super busy for most of us, and it’s hard to find tons of time to connect with people face-to-face sometimes. But life is way too short to take our friends and family for granted. So it’s a good idea to dedicate at least one day a week to spending time with the people we love most. My parents have a family dinner every Sunday and it’s a great way to connect with siblings and my parents!
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Do you do anything different on the weekend to help you prepare for an easier week ahead?