Freeing My Weekend

Freeing My Weekend
This post was previously published. It has been updated.

Weekends….those blissful days when you don’t have to work…but are they too busy? Here is how I go about freeing my weekend so I can relax.

Quote of the Week

Weekends are the stretch of time you have for yourself. Don’t squander them with trivialities.

Musings – Freeing My Weekend

I used to be of the mindset that it was best to focus on work during the week and use the weekends to catch up on things like grocery shopping, cleaning, errands, etc.

Don’t get me wrong. It works. But for me, it also means I don’t have adequate time to unwind.

So how do I manage to get things to the point where my weekends are for relaxing? It’s just a matter of spreading things out over the week. Here are some examples:

Laundry. Typically my husband does laundry on Sundays (long story as to why). I am very lucky to have a washer and dryer in my home, and that means I don’t have to make an excursion. I will typically throw a load of laundry in the washer first thing in the morning, and then throw it in the dryer so that it will be done when I go to eat lunch. I can then fold and get back to what I was doing.

Cleaning. I prefer to clean a little every day. Every day we wash dishes and put them away; I clean all the flat surfaces in the kitchen; and I use the robot to vacuum two areas per day (one upstairs and one downstairs). On Thursdays I have my minimal cleaning routine that takes care of the bathrooms, linens and floors. I also spend a few minutes a day deep-cleaning an area of the home so that everything gets clean eventually and I never have to do spring cleaning.

Groceries. I will do my menu planning on Thursday and place the order for pickup. Then either my husband or I will do the pickup on Fridays. This allows me to get the sales and also have a full stock to work from over the weekend.

Errands. I have one day a week that I will run errands. Both husband and daughter know that I won’t make trips because of lack of planning on their part. Because my husband works close to a major shopping area, I occasionally will ask him to run an errand at lunch.

So what does this give me? I have weekends to travel or work on large projects. I have time for my friends, and time to attend church. I can also spend my autumn Sundays in front of the television watching football (go Pack go!)