We’ve all heard that, right? Sunday is a day of rest. For me that means the rest of the cleaning, the rest of the chores and the rest of the things I didn’t get done last week. I’m a creature of habit, and I like to use my Sundays to put the house back the way I like it after what has usually been a manic week.
I can’t do that today. My meticulous routine has been interrupted by the fact that my daughter has been invited to a Birthday party this afternoon. Which is fine, I’m looking forward to taking her. The only issue is that when one is a creature of habit, and those habits get interrupted, it can cause some anxiety.
The past week has been hectic. With plans on top of plans, numerous last minute appointments and lots of social obligations, I haven’t had much time to wind down. (I did have a particularly enjoyable Friday night which I think released a lot of stress) – but I’m talking alone time to wind down. I am the kind of person who can’t relax when there is mess, which means if I can’t go about my Sunday jobs, I can’t chill out later. Dilemma, right?
Still, Monday is coming, and will be here with it’s demanding morning routine, regardless of whether I have had some me-time or not. So I have learned how to condense the things I have to do when there isn’t enough time to do them all. Through prioritising the tasks, I should be able to make things bearable before tomorrow morning. I’d like to share with you my shorter Sunday to-do list:
- Make the beds (no changing sheets!)
- Make sure that daughter has 1 full uniform clean – try to avoid doing laundry.
- Wash all dishes
- Wipe down kitchen and bathroom surfaces
- Move any bits of ‘tat’ from the living room – if they can’t find homes they can live in a neatly stashed bag or box until Monday!
- Pack lunch for tomorrow to save time in the morning
- Vacuum living room and hall (I have shiny laminate floor in these areas, and nothing winds me up more than crumbs!)
- Spray everything with febreeze
- Get ready for and go to the party!
- Make a list of leftover things that need dealing with tomorrow
There you have it. It ny look like a long list but by doing these jobs (or half-doing these jobs, as the case may be) I can convince myself that I am on top of things enough to justify a bit of chill out time later tonight. Hopefully that time will involve a scented candle and a nice hot bath – but even an hour of quiet reading will do!
What do you like to do on Sundays? Are you a creature of habit, like me? How do you get ready for the ever-looming Monday morning? Let us know in the comments!