How to Use Your Sunday to Start the Week Off Great

Taking a little time on Sunday to prepare for your week ahead can make all the difference in your success.

Planning ahead is the key. Look at your calendar for the week to get a feel for how busy you will be. Kind of big picture thinking. How can you prepare for the coming days on Sunday? Here are some ideas that, if done, can make your week run more smoothly.

Plan Meals. What’s for dinner? You know that you have to eat. Check your calendar. What days will you be home to prepare a meal? How much time will you have? You’ll save a lot of money and calories by eating meals at home and a lot of meals don’t take much more time than getting take out or eating out.

Shop for Groceries. Once you plan your meals it’s time to go grocery shopping. Make a list, so you won’t have to run out again during the week. You’ll be more likely to cook if you have everything you need.

Clean Your House. I don’t mean everything. Weekends are for relaxing. But, get a little done. Wipe up the kitchen and bathrooms, run and empty the dishwasher. Vacuum and sweep the floors. There, don’t you feel better?

Do Laundry. Knowing that you have clean clothes for the week will reduce stress and make getting out of the house in the morning much easier. Don’t have time to do it all in one day. Delegate this task to someone else in the house. Share the wealth!

Plan Your Outfits. Now that your laundry is clean, you can plan what you are going to wear each day. This is an awesome activity for your kids too. It gives them the opportunity to make decisions for themselves without the pressure of the morning rush.

Clean Out Your Bag. Whether you carry a purse, a backpack or duffel bag, prep for next week by cleaning out what you don’t need (coupons, used tissues, old receipts, etc.) to be ready for the coming days. Why carry more than you need? Cleaning out will also help you located what’s needed in your bag since it won’t have clutter.

Prep Your Paperwork. Throughout the previous week you have accumulated mail, bills, reading material, etc. Take a few minutes to process the paper. Put away or trash the items that you are done with and act on the rest. Mark you calendar with anything that needs a reminder. You’ll feel so much more prepared when the paperwork is done.

All of these steps are a lot to do on your day off – Sunday – so find one of two that you can do on other days. Consistently doing them will make your whole week run more smoothly.


For more information on this subject check out some of our other posts.

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Grocery Shopping Tools

How We Organize Our Mornings


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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


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  2. Janet Barclay on January 2, 2020 at 5:59 am

    I would absolutely hate having to do all those tasks on Sunday, but I do nearly everything you listed on set days throughout the week. Since I work at home, I don’t need to plan outfits or clean out my bag regularly.

    • Janet Schiesl on January 2, 2020 at 7:01 am

      I spread these out over the weekend, going most on Sunday. Since we are empty-nesters now it’s a lot easier to prep for the coming week. Less planning, less shopping, less laundry and less cleaning.

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