Do you still do chores?
As a child I remember what my Saturday morning involved grocery shopping, washing clothes, trips to the 5 and 10 and cleaning the house. Amazingly enough that did not take up my entire day I still enjoyed catching my favorite movie and hanging out with friends. My Mom and I am sure yours ran a tight ship or I should say household to maintain order. For the most part I stayed on track with getting things done and maintaining a home free of clutter but like you one small change like more projects at work or health issues can throw off the schedule so it was time to get back on track. Taking my own advice I reestablished weekly routines where everything does not get scheduled on Saturday for me to have an organized home and life.
1) Laundry– Friday mornings when I am scheduled to work from home I do laundry. I get up get it out the way and start my work day around 10am.
2) Trash and recycles– Sunday mornings after a week of newspapers, mail and empty beverage containers I take them to the recycling bin outside.
3) Grocery shopping-Saturday mornings. Yes I grocery shop on Saturday mornings because it is also a social outing since I get to catch up with neighbors who are early morning shoppers. Weekly grocery shopping also helps me eat healthier and save money.
4) Cleaning– Sunday mornings before I head to church works best for me. When you do this regularly those weekly cleanings don’t take up as much time.
5) Meal Prep– Saturday evening or Sunday morning depending on my schedule. I prepare my weekly dinners and lunches that I will take to client sites.
6) Clothes Selection– Sunday evening after I review the possible weather report for the week. No more standing in front of the closet wondering what I will wear. I wake up, shower and get dressed because everything I need is accessible.
7) Pamper Time-Thursday since this is usually the last day of the week I work on site with clients. What I do changes from week to week from massages to pedicures to manicures. These are activities that make me feel good.
8) Me Time-Anytime. This is time when I can just set and be still. Working with clients, traveling, etc. keeps me on the move and I need a moment to reflect, be grateful and rejuvenate myself to continue working on the things I am passionate about.
9) Time With Friends– Anytime. Everyone needs a weekly dose of this. Whether it is a meal, conversation over tea, FaceTime or a telephone call we need this connection weekly to laugh, share how far we have come and our hopes and dreams for the future.
Did you have a weekly routine or are you going to start doing one listed above? I would love to hear what has or hasn’t worked for you. If you need help getting started check out the Virtual Organizing Sessions so I can help you clear the clutter and get organized this year.