If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook than you know that I often call Sunday my “Prep Day”. There are lots of pictures of meal plans, batch cooking, and laundry being shared on Sundays but hey! That’s real life.
I started setting aside time each weekend to prepare for the week ahead after finding myself frustrated, tired, and frazzled during most of the work week. Since Ian and I are both teachers we are very busy during the week and just couldn’t keep up with everything that needed to be done. Once we sat down and talked it over, we realized that we trying to do too much every day and we needed to make some changes.
The first thing we did was put together our nightly and weekly organization charts. This helped us prioritize and spread out the responsibilities so we weren’t so overwhelmed. The second thing we did was declare Sunday as “Prep Day”. We rarely plan to do anything on Sundays other than go to church, that way we can come home and focus on working around the house.
Sunday Prep Day:
- Meal plan comes first so that we know what we need to prep. Some weeks I get this done on Saturday but if not than it’s the first thing I tackle on Sunday, I can usually get it done before we head out the door to church.
- After church and lunch I start working on anything that we need to bake for the week. Usually it’s something for breakfasts (muffins, banana bread, etc.) since we prefer these easy to grab breakfast foods along with smoothies in the morning.
- While I’m baking, Ian will often work outside. He’ll use the time to do any repairs or maintenance on our cars or do some yard work. Sometimes Tilly will help me and sometimes she’ll go outside and play.
- After baking, the dishwasher gets loaded and I start on vegetables for the week. I prefer to chop a big bowl (or yogurt tub) of mixed veggies that I can then mix into whatever we are eating. This is a great way to get a variety of vegetables into our meals without taking up a ton of time when I’m trying to get dinner on the table. I keep the mix simple so that it can work with any of our meals (this week its onion, kale, bell pepper, and cauliflower).
- Once vegetables are done, I check the meal plan to see if there is anything else I can take care of. Sometimes I thaw out meats that we’ll need or cook things like bacon that can sit in the fridge already cooked until it’s time to serve it.
- After a simple dinner (our favorite is a big salad, hard boiled eggs, and popcorn) we pack lunches and run the dish washer (if it hasn’t been run already)
- Lastly, Tilly gets a bath and we put away all the laundry (we work our way through washing and drying laundry through out the day).
That’s it! I know it seems like a lot but the routine has become really easy to follow and the change it made on the rest of our week is huge. I can start each morning knowing that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are pretty much ready to go and that alone makes it worth it!
How do you prepare for the week? I’d love to hear all about it!