SUNDAY PREP ROUTINE: 10 Steps to Success
Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Are you looking for a way to get ahead in your week? These 10 steps will help set your week off to a good start and help to cut down on time spent later in the week.
Now not every Sunday do I have time to do all 10 of these but I truly strive to do most of them as it really helps my week run smoother.
Check out my YouTube video to see me in action!
STEP 1: CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE
Start the day off by cleaning out the fridge. I first go through and remove all the uneaten/expired food. Next I wipe down the shelves with my Norwex kitchen cloth and take an inventory of what we are out of.
PRO TIP: As you are clearing out the fridge put all the empty containers, trash and recyclables in a pile (I put mine in my sink). After you have everything cleared out go through the pile and throw out the trash and put dishes in the dishwasher.
STEP 2: DO THE DISHES
Load all of the dishes into the dishwasher and clear your counters. Starting the week with a clean slate. Waking up on Monday morning with a clean kitchen will help you not have as much of a "case of the Monday's."
STEP 3: PLAN OUT YOUR MEALS
After you clear out the fridge and take inventory of what you are out of you can start meal planning. I use a large magnet calendar that I keep on my fridge to plan out my meals. I look at what we have going on that week and determine what meals we can make using ingredients that we already have in our fridge or pantry and then make a list of what we need from the store.
To store my recipes I'm currently using the Happy Planner recipe book. I love how I can keep all of our recipes in one place.
STEP 4: PACK LUNCHES FOR THE WEEK
Now my daughter is in preschool so she doesn't need to pack a lunch however we like to pack lunches for ourselves occasionally. One way that we do this is by packing mason jar salads. We like to layer our salads with the dressing on the bottom so that it doesn't get the lettuce leaves mushy and it will last a lot longer in the fridge.
You could also make sandwiches and even freeze them, they will thaw out by lunch!
Mason Jar Salad Layers:
1- salad dressing
2- cut veggies/fruit/meat
STEP 5: REFILL SNACK STATION
This one is a simple one but really helps our week. Having a fully stocked snack station ensure that my daughter will have snacks to pick from instead of me having to continually getting the snacks out for her. Check out my kids cabinet post to see how we keep our snacks stored in an easy to reach spot!
STEP 6: BATCH COOK/ COOK AHEAD
Cooking ahead and batch cooking can really help cut down the time you spend cooking throughout the week. I like to make some make ahead breakfast items that we can just pull from throughout the week. You could also wash and cut your veggies or even make a few freezer meals to pull from throughout the week.
STEP 7: CHANGE YOUR SHEETS
I like to change our sheets at least once a week. I will change our sheets as well as my daughters. I will take the sheets off and put them in the wash right away.
STEP 8: DO THE LAUNDRY
Once you have the beds stripped it is time to do the laundry. I try to do a few loads throughout the week but sometimes it piles up so I will do a few loads throughout the day. It is important that once they are washed that you fold and put them away right away to avoid having piles of clean clothes throughout the house. I will be doing a laundry hacks video/post soon so keep an eye out for that!!
STEP 9: PICK OUT YOUR CLOTHES FOR THE WEEK
This one has been a game changer for us. I will pick out not only my daughters clothes but also clothes for myself. It really helps keep our mornings moving as we don't waste all that time trying to figure out what to wear. Check out my kid's closet post as I show you how I pick out Ellie's clothes for the week.
For my clothes I will pick out 5 tops and 5 bottoms and then keep them in the top left of my closet so they are easy to get to.
STEP 10: PLAN OUT YOUR WEEK
It is super important to plan out your week. I like to use my happy planner but you could use an electronic calendar as well. This will help you know what to expect for the week or if you need to move things around. I also lay out my priority to do's in my calendar.
I hope you picked up a few tips with the 10 steps to include in your Sunday Prep Routine!
- 3 COMPARTMENT STACK CONTAINER (similar to what I got)